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Coordinated Hiring Effort across Four Departments at Kent State Focuses on Urban Ecology and Hydrology

Posted Sep. 29, 2011
Faculty Positions in Urban Ecology and Hydrology
Departments of Biological Sciences, Geography, Geology (College of Arts and Sciences)
and the
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)
Kent State University
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In a major joint venture, the Departments of Biological Sciences, Geography, Geology and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design seek four new tenure-track faculty members to work in the field of Urban Ecology and Hydrology starting in Fall 2012. The purpose of these hires is to build upon existing strengths in each department and across colleges to further develop our combined expertise and scientific leadership in understanding how human impact affects the well-being of ecosystems. This initiative seeks to both enhance research productivity in this area and create cutting-edge interdisciplinary opportunities for the training of graduate and undergraduate students.

The proposed coordinated hires mesh with strategic hiring plans of the participating departments and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) and represent a natural extension of ongoing collaborations. A rich collaborative environment within the University is supported by research and educational partnerships with multiple external partners throughout Northeast Ohio and outstanding research facilities.

Faculty in the participating departments are highly productive researchers who have demonstrated success in attracting substantial grants and contracts to support their research programs. Combined, these units have over 80 students in doctoral degree programs, over 2000 undergraduate majors, and over 140 students in Master's and professional degree program majors. Further information is available on the website;; and

Successful applicants will be expected to develop highly productive research programs, secure extramural funding, engage in collaborative research, direct theses and dissertations, and exhibit a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Positions are available at the Assistant Professor rank although applications for candidates qualified for higher academic rank are encouraged.


Landscape Architect/Ecologist: The College of Architecture and Environmental Design seeks a landscape architect/ecologist to conduct research in the ecological reclamation of vacant land and urban watershed restoration. The dual focus on ecology and design is intended to produce better cities and healthier urban ecosystems, particularly in the Great Lakes basin where the dual challenges of persistent population decline and large-scale urban vacancy are creating unprecedented opportunities for ecological reclamation. The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is the outreach division of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, located in downtown Cleveland, about an hour north of KSU's main campus. The Landscape Architect/Ecologist will have responsibilities both on the main campus and at the Cleveland facility. Qualifications: Masters of Landscape Architecture and Ph.D. in Urban Ecology or a related field.


Hydrologist: Department of Geology seeks a scientist with expertise in hydrology and interest in the specific problems of surface water drainage, storm water management, and erosion control in environments related to suburban and urban development and planning. Of particular interest are applicants with modeling expertise applied to field and experimental work in the urban environment who will interact with existing faculty with specialties in aqueous geochemistry, groundwater-surface water interactions, engineering geology and also with colleagues in the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Geology or a related field.


Ecosystem Ecologist: The successful candidate will conduct research on ecosystem-level processes that occur within human-impacted environments. Areas of interest include nutrient cycling, ecosystem consequences of biological community structure, ecosystem services, and other ecosystem processes at the watershed scale and/or at the interface of terrestrial and aquatic systems. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Ecology, Biology or equivalent, and post-doctoral experience.


Urban Environmental Geographer: The Department of Geography seeks an urban environmental geographer with interests in land-use change and environmental or urban planning. A specialization in environmental modeling and/or remote sensing is desirable. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Geography or a related field.

Review of applications for positions will begin on October 19, 2011 and continue until the positions are filled.
Send application materials, including statements of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted by e-mail to: Biological Sciences Position:; Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative position:, Geography position:, Geology

Kent State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University's faculty.