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Spicer Professor of Collaborative Practice in Natural Resources


The Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) at the University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications for the Spicer Professor of Collaborative Practice in Natural Resources. We seek an accomplished and creative individual to provide research, teaching, and service consistent with the educational missions of UW, the Haub School, and the Ruckelshaus Institute. The Haub School of ENR values interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving and scholarship that can inform real-world solutions; tangible, place-based experience to develop critical thinking skills in the next generation of leaders and decision-makers; and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment on campus and beyond. The Ruckelshaus Institute, embedded within the Haub School, advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resources challenges in the Mountain West by conducting and communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making.


The successful candidate will hold the Spicer Endowed Chair and engage in impactful and applied research, scholarship, and service that advances the field of collaborative decision making in natural resources management and environmental policy. We seek applications from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including political science, public administration, sociology, environmental studies, economics, natural resources management, ecology, law, geography, planning, and related fields. We are looking for a candidate who can provide leadership and vision for an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach program that advances collaborative approaches to complex natural resources and environmental challenges.

This position is a 9-month tenured or tenure-track appointment at an advanced Assistant or Associate Professor rank in the Haub School of ENR.

The Spicer Professor will:

(1) teach courses in the Haub School's undergraduate degrees, the MS degree in Environment, Natural Resources and Society, and other Haub School academic programs as relevant, mentor graduate students, and support the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources;

(2) develop a productive, extramurally-funded program of research and scholarship in appropriate fields to advance collaborative approaches in natural resources; and

(3) provide service to the Haub School, University of Wyoming, and professional organizations; and

(4) Advance the university's land grant mission by working with the Ruckelshaus Institute to serve the people of Wyoming, support stakeholder engagement on natural resource challenges, and develop statewide capacity for collaborative leadership.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative and collaborative leader who will engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary and community-engaged research and scholarship in collaborative natural resources, collaborative processes, collaborative governance, conflict management/dispute resolution, consensus building, community learning and engagement, or other related topics. Further, the ideal candidate will will have experience teaching collaborative decision-making concepts to undergraduate and graduate students in a range of contexts, including experiential and online; have a demonstrated commitment to engaging with diverse stakeholders; and have outstanding communication and relationship-building skills that will contribute to the Haub School's strong reputation and vision.


This position provides vital support to campus customers and requires the successful candidate be available to work on campus.


A terminal degree in a relevant field
Research and scholarly focus in collaborative practice in environment and natural resources
Experience teaching and mentoring college-level students

Demonstrated practitioner experience and success with multiparty collaborative processes related to complex public policy issues and challenges
Evidence of positive relationship-building with leaders across the public, non-profit, private,
tribal, and civic sectors
Experience with successful grants or externally-funded projects
Evidence of integration of collaborative processes across teaching, research, and service activities
An understanding of the unique natural resource challenges facing Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain region, and the Western United States
Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in collaborative practice, and sharing expertise on such skills in settings beyond the higher education classroom
Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and understanding of challenges facing diverse communities
Demonstrated experience engaging with diverse stakeholders in collaborative processes through research or practice
Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research, teaching, and/or outreach

Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application:

-A letter of interest that discusses:

The candidate's commitment to collaborative decision making approaches in natural resources;
How the candidate approaches pedagogy, including a brief statement of teaching philosophy; and
How the candidate approaches diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion through their work, and how the candidate would plan to incorporate these values into this position.
-A detailed CV

-Contact information for 4 professional references. Top candidates will be requested to complete a reference check process, consisting of responses from 2 managers and 2 peers/colleagues later in the search, upon request.

Address applications to the search chair, Associate Professor Temple Stoellinger. Expressions of interest will be held in confidence until on-campus interviews are conducted. Application process questions can be addressed to Kim Messersmith at

Position will remain open until filled. Review of complete applications will begin January 5, 2024.


UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-766-2377 or email


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