Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) program and Old Dominion University (ODU) have
entered a partnership to support a Faculty of Practice in Climate Change
Adaptation at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Located at ODU, this
position will fill a critical gap in the region for outreach, coordination, and
scientific synthesis and integration capacity. The Faculty of Practice will serve the
Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia,
the Mid-Atlantic, and the U.S., and will be a part of the national network of
climate extension specialists in state Sea Grant programs (http://sgccnetwork.ning.com/). The faculty member will be an employee of ODU and a VASG
extension staff member, reporting to the ODU Vice Provost and evaluated
by the Vice Provost with input from VASG. This position is funded jointly
through VASG and ODU under a 4-year Memorandum of Understanding, with
possibility of extension beyond that duration.
Virginia Sea Grant is a Commonwealth-wide network of partner academic
institutions. VASG is a state-federal partnership, with federal funding from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S.
Department of Commerce (see http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/). VASG is headquartered at the Virginia Institute of
Marine Science (VIMS), which is the graduate School of Marine Science at the
College of William & Mary. Current VASG partner institutions include:
VIMS/College of William & Mary, George Mason University, Old Dominion University,
Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and the University of
Virginia. VASG’s mission is to enhance the ecological, economic, and social
sustainability of coastal and ocean communities and the ecosystem services they
depend upon through university-based research, extension, and education. VASG
is a scientific broker, supplying science-based information to citizens, businesses,
educators, resource managers, and policy makers.
University, located in
the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal
Virginia, is a dynamic public research institution that serves its students and
enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world through
rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic
engagement. ODU’s Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) seeks
to leverage the university’s and the region’s foremost experts to find
solutions to the anticipated effects of climate change on the economy, housing,
ports, and infrastructure (see http://www.odu.edu/research/initiatives/ccslri). The CCSLRI has taken several steps
toward establishing ODU’s leadership role on this critical issue for our
region. ODU has hired a leading climate scholar
to significantly elevate its research capacity and international reputation in
climate change. Thus, the research and education foundation has been built and
new partnerships across the Commonwealth are emerging (including partnerships
with adaptation planning, landscape architecture, and policy and legal analysis
capacity at VASG partner institutions, including the University of Virginia,
College of William & Mary, VIMS, and George Mason University).
The Faculty of Practice in Climate Change Adaptation will extend science-based
information to coastal communities, resource managers, and interest groups in
Virginia and the region with the goal to reduce disaster risk, increase
resilience and improve adaptation capabilities related to climate change and
sea level rise. The faculty member will lead coordination, communication, and
scientific synthesis and integration efforts. S/he may also contribute to
applied research motivated by community adaptation needs and provide hands-on
operational and technical support to coastal communities addressing their
The Faculty of Practice member will participate in VASG’s quarterly
outreach meetings among the portfolio of outreach sub-awardees, which currently
includes William & Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, VIMS’s
Marine Advisory Services Center, and Virginia Tech’s Virginia Seafood
Agricultural Research & Education Center in Hampton. The Faculty of
Practice member will prepare a detailed two-year work plan collaboratively with
ODU and VASG and with input from community stakeholders and advisors. Travel within the region, state, mid-Atlantic, and occasionally
nationally is expected.
Position Objectives and Activities
The incumbent will work out of the main offices of the Climate Change and Sea
Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) at ODU in Norfolk, VA.
Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Applications should be sent electronically to: CCSLRI Search
Committee, attention of Elizabeth Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), 4111 Monarch Way,
Norfolk, VA 23529. Applicants should include a letter of interest that outlines
how the applicant meets the requirements and would approach the position, a
curriculum vitae, and three professional references with email addresses and
phone numbers provided. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2013;
the search will remain open until an appointment is made.
For more information
contact: Hans-Peter Plag (email@example.com)
or Larry Atkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).