Science, Technology and Environmental Policy

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Assistant/Associate Professor
Job Institution: 
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Job Description: 

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota seeks applications to fill a tenure track position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in science, technology, and environmental policy. This is a broad search. The successful candidate must have strong and demonstrated teaching, research, and public engagement interests in natural sciences, engineering, technology, water and energy with application to environmental policy, sustainable development, science & technology policy & other related fields.  Focus areas of interest include quantitative analytics, economics for policy analysis, risk assessment, governance and systems analysis.  The Humphrey School encourages and supports interdisciplinary faculty engagement specifically related to global issues of social justice, sustainably and environmental inequalities.

In addition to offering a Masters of Public Policy degree (MPP) and a PhD with an option to concentrate on science, technology and environmental policy, the Humphrey School also offers aMaster of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS–STEP) degree that focuses on understanding the role of science, technology, and the environment in our society, particularly in relation to economic growth, environmental sustainability, health, education, and national security. The STEP area is associated with the Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy with several active NSF and EPA grants including a prestigious international interdisciplinary NSF PIRE award on sustainable cities.

Candidates must be willing and able to contribute in rank-appropriate ways to the school, teach in the school’s core curriculum, provide leadership to its master’s and Ph.D. programs, demonstrate a willingness to help prepare students for careers in public affairs, and function collaboratively in a multi- and inter-disciplinary college, and with external constituencies. 

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs inspires, educates, and supports innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world.  The school is NASPAA-accredited, highly ranked nationally, and boasts the country’s third-ranked nonprofit management program. The School is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping public policy at the local, state, national, and international levels.

A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required in public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, management, political science, economics, urban planning, or related fields with a focus on science & environmental policy.  We seek someone whose approach to teaching and research is innovative and inclusive in terms of race, gender, class and ethnicity.


Applications should include a curriculum vita, the names and addresses of three references, a sample of recent research, and a brief account of research and teaching interests and experience.  Applications will be reviewed beginning September 22, 2013.  The position will remain open until filled.  Please submit applications online to:  Address cover and reference letters to: Professor Anu Ramaswami, Chair of Search Committee, c/o Human Resources, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 152 Humphrey Center, 301-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455,


Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health, dental, faculty life/disability insurance, retirement, and social security.  The starting date for this appointment is August 25, 2014, or as soon thereafter as possible.


The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, public assistance status, or sexual orientation.