The Human Ecology of Water
Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA

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Virginia Tech is expanding its already excellent water program ( > 80 faculty in > 15 departments and centers) through addition of seven new full‐time, nine‐month, tenure-track faculty members. The new faculty members will develop significant collaborative research, teaching, and outreach programs in water science, policy, and management. Ensuring sustainable water resources is a complex challenge that requires knowledge in a wide range of academic disciplines; therefore, hires will be made in four departments across two colleges, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

The Department of Geography, in conjunction with the Virginia Water Resources Research Center ( VWRRC ) at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in the area of the Human Ecology of Water at the assistant professor level as part of a cluster hire of seven new faculty positions within four departments and two colleges at Virginia Tech. This position focuses on interdisciplinary issues related to water with potential research foci in the social, political, and/or economic concerns and dynamics associated with water use, management, regulation, conservation, and justice – as well as human/environment feedbacks inherent in these processes at community and regional scales. We seek a geographer who brings a social science perspective to water resources; specifically, a scholar with demonstrated interest in human perception, decision-making and/or behavior as well as the interconnections between social and biophysical systems. Of particular interest are candidates that would develop research programs that target multi-scale water resource issues (local, regional, global) such as climate variability and change, land use/land management, population change and water quality/supply and public health. The teaching requirement is three courses per year, one of which will be a new introductory water course for Virginia Tech. This position will be affiliated with the VWRRC and will require some assistance with administration of the VWRRC to help achieve its mission to provide training, research, and information regarding water resources. Evidence of an established research track in water and social science must be provided. We seek an energetic faculty member committed to excellent teaching and dedicated to research with the skills needed to secure external funding. An ability to develop a strong, externally funded research program and publication record is essential for success at Virginia Tech. In both teaching and research, we seek applicants dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration. Although specific research specialties are open, preference will be given to candidates who will strengthen research collaboration within the water cluster, the department and the college. Full information concerning the department and university can be found at: and Further information on the cluster concept and the faculty specializations recruited for the water cluster can be found at:

Required Qualifications:
Required qualifications include significant research and teaching accomplishments to date, or for new PhDs, evidence that supports anticipated accomplishments.

  • Doctoral degree in Geography or closely related field
  • Record of scholarship/research
  • Commitment to excellence in both teaching and scholarship
  • Enthusiasm for teaching a new introductory course in water resources to freshmen students.
Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications include:
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines regarding sustainability issues
  • Experience in supervising graduate student research and theses
  • Interest and/or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate and graduate, in research activities
  • Interest and experience in working effectively with a diverse student population
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Virginia Tech is an EO/AA Employer committed to diversity. Interested persons must apply at, posting number TR0122534, by the where they will submit: (please use the categories suggested for upload)

  • a two-three page cover letter highlighting your research and teaching experience and interests (cover letter)
  • current curriculum vitae (Resume/Curriculum vita)
  • full contact information for three references (list of references)
  • a research interests statement (research statement)
  • two recent writing samples (Portfolio – one document with 2 samples please)
  • evidence of teaching excellence (Other Doc)
  • statement of teaching philosophy (teaching Statement)
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Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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