Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Tribal Natural Resources – University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences invites applications for
a newly-established tenure-track position (20% outreach/engagement, 30% teaching, 50% research) in Tribal
Natural Resources.

In collaboration with Minnesota-based Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Dakota tribes and potentially other North American tribes and indigenous groups, the successful candidate will develop a strong and impactful state- and
regionally-based research program with national to international relevance. We seek candidates who are highly
collaborative, have cross-cultural experience, and who employ integrative approaches to research and outreach. This
faculty member must be committed to co-formulation of integrative and collaborative research and outreach agendas
in partnership with tribal communities. The focus of the research program will be to advance the integration of
traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and western science systems. A successful candidate will have one or more
focal areas of expertise in indigenous customs and knowledge, policy and law, treaty rights, management and comanagementof fisheries and wildlife, sustainable forests, habitat protection and restoration, and ecology and
conservation of indigenous aquatic and terrestrial biota. The successful candidate’s research will be pursued with a
high level of engagement with tribal communities to develop lines of communication that can improve
understanding of different ways of knowing. This faculty member will contribute to the academic programs of the
college by teaching one undergraduate course every year, plus a graduate seminar every year. Courses envisioned
relate to tribal natural resource perspectives and policies and on approaches for integrating TEK and natural resource
science information. This faculty member will also be responsible for serving as an undergraduate faculty mentor
and advising graduate students. The faculty member will be expected to participate in faculty governance and
professional service, and to secure external funding to support research.

Academic Rank and Department Affiliation
This is a tenure-track or tenured position; appointment will be at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor,
depending on experience and record of scholarship. The faculty member’s tenure-home and department affiliation
will be in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology or the Department of Forest Resources,
depending on the candidate’s expertise and interests.

This is a 12-month position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits
include employee health, dental, and faculty life/disability insurance, social security, faculty retirement and
opportunities for professional development, including sabbatical and semester leave opportunities. Benefits are
described at
Essential Qualifications
 Ph.D. in a relevant field.
 Demonstrated experience and strong interest in working with tribal communities on one or more of the
focal natural resource areas described above.
 Demonstrated research experience in advancing the integration of TEK and western science systems.
 Demonstrated experience and interest in teaching.
 Ability to communicate effectively. Both orally and in writing.
 Record of scholarship, i.e., publications in area of natural resource expertise.
Preferred Academic Preparation and Experience
 Demonstrated expertise in natural resource co-management or the integration of TEK in natural resource
management decision-making.
 Demonstrated leadership in addressing tribal natural resource issues.
 Experience interacting successfully with stakeholders with diverse cultural perspectives.
 Potential to initiate and sustain extramurally funded research.
 Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively on interdisciplinary teams.
 Experience in field and/or case based research and outreach methodologies.

To Apply
Submit cover letter, CV, and separate statements describing your vision for the position with respect to the
following: teaching, research, and tribal community engagement (maximum of 2 pages each). Additionally,
applicants will provide the names and contact information for three people willing to write letters of reference, upon
request, not at the time of application. All applications must be submitted online at: Click the “External Faculty and Staff Applicants” tab and enter 327413 in the Search Jobs box. Combine all parts of the application (i.e., letter, CV, statements) into a single document before
uploading. Additional documents should be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and
uploading documents there.

For questions or inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Kristen C. Nelson (, Chair of
the Tribal Natural Resources Search Committee. Application review will begin on January 7, 2019. The position is
open until filled. For questions about the application process, please contact Lori Loberg, CFANS Human
Resources, at

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