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Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC Dornsife:  Director and Co-Director Search

USC Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences seeks two dynamic leaders to serve as the Director and Co-Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. One will serve as the director of natural science, and the other will serve as the director of social science.  Both will hold endowed chairs.

For more than five decades, USC Wrigley has been a regional leader in marine science and sustainability research. The USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, a state-of-the-art research center and teaching facility on Catalina Island, 20 miles offshore from Los Angeles, provides a testbed for early-stage sustainability innovations. A staff of more than 30 supports research and educational outreach on Catalina and the main campus.

Recognizing that solutions to our environmental crises will require contributions across many disciplines, the Institute’s new mission is to bring together natural and social scientific research to address contemporary environmental problems. The Director and Co-Director will lead this ambitious expansion of Wrigley’s mission to become a major national center for frontier research on sustainability and the environment. This is an opportunity to reinvent the Wrigley Institute. The Director and Co-Director will guide a comprehensive approach to tackling sustainability challenges that prioritizes action toward meaningful change.

In addition to setting the intellectual agenda for the Institute, the new leadership will foster new research initiatives, enhance its educational programming, work with foundations and the public to enhance environmental awareness, steer fundraising efforts, and manage the Institute’s staff.

We will consider applicants at the full professor level from disciplines in both the natural and social sciences. The Institute’s leadership structure will be determined based on scholarly credentials, leadership experience and vision. Both successful candidates will bring a distinguished record of innovative research and publication related to environmental studies. The successful applicants will each have a primary appointment in his / her disciplinary home department within USC Dornsife and must each hold a doctoral degree in appropriate field of study.

A pairing of a natural scientist and a social scientist who have contemplated their collaborative vision for the Wrigley Institute in advance would be welcomed (but is not prerequisite for either position).

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, and statement on personal research accomplishments and future research directions, a statement on teaching and educational activities, and three names of individuals familiar with the applicant's work to be contacted for letters of recommendation. Applications should also include a vision statement on how, as a leader in the USC Wrigley Institute, the applicant would advance the Institute’s goals. To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application through the following link: https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/wrigley-institute-for-environmental-studies-at-usc-dornsife-director-and-co-director/1209/13209724 .

Inquiries from social scientists may be directed to William Deverell, Search Committee Chair, deverell@usc.edu and for Natural Sciences to Will Berelson, Search Committee Chair, berelson@usc.edu.  These two search committees will work together to select the best leadership team. Review of completed applications will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

USC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

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