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Number 487 • October 4, 2007 | Past Issues

   

1) International Day for Disaster Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is Wednesday, October 10.

In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly designated the second Wednesday of October International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. The International Day was observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999.

In 2001, the General Assembly decided to maintain the observance of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.

For more information on the International Day for Disaster Reduction, and a list of major events, resources, and meetings, visit http://www.unisdr.org/eng/public_aware/world_camp/2006-2007/iddr/2007-iddr.htm.

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2) Deadline for PERISHIP Hazards Fellowships Applications Extended to February 1, 2008

The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) and the Natural Hazards Center are seeking applications for the National PERISHIP Fellowship Program, which will award up to six dissertation fellowships for work related to natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2008.

The PERISHIP fellowship program is supported with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Swiss Re, and managed by PERI and the Natural Hazards Center. The PERISHIP program is intended to foster the advancement of knowledge in the interdisciplinary hazards field, which relies on scholars committed simultaneously to their own disciplines and to the more practical, applied aspects of the field.

Up to 6 grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded in 2007/2008 to doctoral students to support their dissertation work on natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters in any relevant field of the natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, specialties in engineering, or interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies. The grants are flexible and can be used for data collection, travel for field work, or for presentation of findings at meetings, purchase of software, data entry assistance, statistical analysis services, or a combination of these or other similar purposes (but, NOT for stipends or tuition).

Application materials must be received in digital form (in PDF only, as a single file) by 5:00 pm EST on February 1, 2008. Applications should be sent to periship@riskinstitute.org. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted. Awards will be announced in May 2008. For complete information, go to http://www.cudenver.edu/periship/.

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3) Call for Papers: Protect New York

Protect New York, a group focusing on safeguarding New York State and City from terrorism and disaster has issued a call for papers and panels for its “ Conference on Protecting New York from Terrorism and Disaster: Taking Stock, Setting Directions, Looking Forward.”

Proposed papers must 1) relate to security and disaster issues affecting New York City, the tri-state Metro New York region, New York State, or any of the state’s regions and jurisdictions, or 2) address topics bringing to New York applicable lessons from other states, cities, and regions. Organizers especially invite papers that take stock in the wake of 9/11: What have we learned and in what directions should we proceed?

The call for papers is available here, http://www.protectnewyork.org/events.html.

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4) Call for Abstracts: Association of State Floodplain Managers

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has issued a call for abstracts for its 32nd national conference in  Reno-Sparks, Nevada, May 18-23, 2008.  

Organizers seek a broad range of professionals to address the many issues and problems associated with reducing flood damages, making communities more sustainable, and managing floodplains and fragile natural resources. 

This comprehensive conference will showcase the state-of-the-art in techniques, programs, resources, materials, equipment, accessories, and services to accomplish flood mitigation and other community goals. Non-profit, government, business, and academic sectors will share how they successfully integrate engineering, planning, open space, and environmental protection all over the nation and world to prepare for a better, sustainable future.

The complete call for abstracts can be downloaded at http://www.floods.org/Reno-Sparks

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5) The Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s First Annual Homeland Security Essay Contest

The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security announces its First Annual Essay Competition. This competition strives to stimulate original thought on issues in Homeland Security and Homeland Defense.

According to the National Strategy for Homeland Security, the objectives of homeland security are to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States; reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism; and minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur. The purpose of this competition is to promote innovative thinking that addresses these objectives. Essays may be written from the perspective of any agency or discipline related to homeland security and speak to current practices, policies, theory, research, or conventions.

This year’s question is: What single aspect of Homeland Security has been most successful and what single aspect will be most critical to Homeland Security success?

Essays should be no more than five pages, single-spaced and 12-point type and in Word or PDF format. Deadline for submission is January 2, 2008.

For more information, or to submit your entry, visit http://www.chds.us/?contests/essay.

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6) 2008 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies . The program is made up of three 10-week sessions:

  • Winter: January 7 through March 14
  • Summer: June 2-August 8
  • Fall: September 8 through November 14

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research within the last five years are eligible to apply.  Candidates should submit an application and request that a mentor/adviser fill out a reference form.  Both forms are available on the Web at http://national-academies.org/policyfellows.

The deadline for receipt of application material is November 1 for the winter program, March 1 for the summer program, and June 1 for the fall program . Candidates may apply to all three programs concurrently.

Additional details about the program and a link to join the mailing list are available on the Web site. Questions should be directed to policyfellows@nas.edu.

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7) Request for Information: Emergency Management and Higher Education Institutions

Dr. Anne Eyre and Lucy Payne are conducting research into Emergency Management and Higher Education Institutions. Although the main focus is on planning, experience, and emergency response within British institutions, they are interested in international examples of approaches, procedures, experiences, and responses to disasters. Please e-mail the researchers if you have any contacts, experience, advice, or information you are willing to share: anne.eyre@traumatraining.com or L.C.Payne@herts.ac.uk.

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8) Arctic Warming Opens Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage, a long-sought shortcut between Europe and Asia that eluded early explorers, has opened up due to melting Arctic sea ice. As of September 14, 2007, sea ice extent had shrunk to its lowest level since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago. Arctic sea ice naturally extends its surface coverage each northern winter and recedes each northern summer, but the rate of overall loss since 1978 when satellite records began has accelerated dramatically. Researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, said the new minimum extent was lower by about 1 million square miles—an area about the size of Alaska and Texas combined, or 10 United Kingdoms.

The most direct route of the Northwest Passage across northern Canada is now fully navigable, while the Northeast Passage along the Siberian coast remains only partially blocked. The Northwest Passage is currently predicted to remain closed even during reduced ice cover due to multi-year ice pack—sea ice that survives one or more summers. However, this year’s extreme melting indicates that the passage may open sooner than expected.

The previous record low was in 2005 when the Arctic area covered by sea ice was just 4 million square kilometers. Even then, the most direct Northwest Passage did not fully open. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the polar regions are highly vulnerable to rising temperatures, and the Arctic will likely be virtually ice free by the summer of 2070. Other scientists predict it could become ice free as early as 2040 due to rising temperatures and sea ice decline.

To read the full press releases, visit www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMYTC13J6F_index_0.html and www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2007/362.html.

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9) Some New Web Resources

[Below are some new or updated Internet resources we have discovered. For an extensive list of useful Internet sites dealing with hazards, see www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/.]

Teaching the Levees
This site provides free curriculum for high school and college teachers wishing to use Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke in the classroom. This curriculum, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and created by educators from Teachers College at Columbia University, takes the HBO documentary film as “impetus, touchstone and text for democratic dialogues in schools, colleges, and community organizations.”

Hurricane Readiness in High-Risk Areas
This document presents hurricane-readiness data collected by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security. Included are an overview document and state-specific data of hurricane readiness in high-risk areas. Word documents and PowerPoint presentations are available.

National Flood Programs and Polices in Review
This document, prepared by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, identifies ways in which national policies and programs for reducing flood damage and for protecting the natural resources and functions of our floodplains can be improved. According to the ASFPM, it contains hundreds of ideas and recommendations for making such improvements and enhancing activities at all levels of government, by individuals, and in the private sector.

Emergency Assistance for Human Influenza Pandemic - Disaster Assistance Policy 9523.17
This document describes the Federal Emergency Management Agency policy for Stafford Act reimbursement for pandemic influenza and outlines the legal mechanisms, triggers, and areas of eligibility for reimbursement following a pandemic.

Social Scientists Must Help Policy Makers Respond to Climate Change, Report Says
This Chronicle of Higher Education article distills information from a recent National Research Council report that evaluates the Bush administration’s progress in the Climate Change Science Program. Though the report notes that plenty of quality research has been produced, it also concludes that “too few policy makers and members of the public can apply those research results practically.”

Nature Reports Climate Change
Nature has recently launched a new, free Web site dedicated to in-depth coverage of climate change, including authoritative information on current climate change research, news, in-depth features, research highlights, commentaries, and reviews.

Giuliani's wrong; terrorism, disaster aren't the same
This Times-Union editorial uses Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign to argue that terrorism and natural disasters are not the same, and require different planning and response. The newspaper is critical of Guiliani’s selections for the 15 people he's asked to help him keep his commitment to "ensure American communities are prepared for terrorist attacks and natural disasters."

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10) Conferences, Training, and Events

[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. For a comprehensive list of upcoming hazards-related meetings, visit our Web site at www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/conferences.html.]

Indiana’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security: Developing Partnerships for Future Success—Indianapolis, Indiana: October 10–11, 2007. The purpose of this conference is to develop and promote partnerships among higher education, the private sector, and public safety to enhance Indiana’s prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities for all emergencies, disasters, or threats. Session topics include IDHS higher education activities, accomplishments, and future strategies; state of emergency management and homeland security; emergency management core principles; validation of post-secondary programs; campus safety and preparedness; and public health. Visit http://www.in.gov/dhs/3264.htm.

Managing Alpine Future: Strategies for Sustainability in Times of Change—Congress Innsbruck, Austria: October 15-17, 2007. Due to climate change and the effects of globalization, increased dynamics in the natural and human environment are to be expected in mountain regions during the coming years and decades. At this conference, representatives from science, industry, and public administration will analyze present and expected future developments by means of six core topics. Approaches, strategies, and solutions in dealing with these dynamic processes will be identified and discussed on both a transnational and multidisciplinary level. For more information, see www.alps-gmbh.com/alpinefuture.

Flood Fighters 2007—Coventry, United Kingdom: October 18-19, 2007. This year's Flood Fighters conference, which is being organized with the support of the UK Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA), has been made all the more pertinent by Britain's devastating floods, which have affected hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses. Flood Fighters 2007 will focus on building a targeted and effective risk-based response from blue light emergency, local authority, and public utility services and will draw upon a wide range of sources and disciplines, both national and international. Visit www.flood-fighters.com.

American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and Texas General Land Office (ASBPA-GLO) Fall Conference—Galveston, Texas: October 21-24, 2007. This conference focuses on coastal science and policy and includes keynote speakers, plenary sessions, and a pre-conference field trip. The 2007 conference theme is “Caring for the Coast: Preserving, Enhancing, Protecting.” Presentations will include topics on shoreline and marsh restoration design, coastal shoreline management, coastal ocean and weather observation and forecasting systems, effects of extreme storms and tsunamis, and flood protection. See www.asbpa.org.

Building Bridges: Connecting Disaster Professionals and Academics—Daytona Beach, Florida: October 25-26, 2007. Sponsored by the Volusia and Flagler County Higher Education Consortium (HEC) and College & University Disaster Assessment & Research Center (CUDARC), the focus of the conference is to enhance the relationship between emergency management and public safety professionals and the university and academic world. Organized just over two years ago, CUDARC brings together academic scholars and disaster professionals to study natural and man-made threats to today's communities. Keynote speaker for this conference will be Craig Fugate, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Additional Information is available at
http://dbcc.edu/cudarc/index.html.

2007 Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum: Floodplain Management 2050—Washington, D.C.: November 6-7, 2007. “Floodplain Management 2050,” the second assembly of the Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum, is an invitational workshop of experts focusing on how to manage flood risk and floodplains given increasing population, the rise in housing demand, tight federal budgets, climate change, and other factors. The forum will provide insight to guide policy change and the research necessary to ensure that the nation’s floodplains are properly managed by 2050 and that flood damages do not continue to escalate. Representatives from federal, state, and local government agencies, professional associations, academia, and the private sector are invited to participate. See www.floods.org/Foundation/Forum.asp.

55th IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX—Reno, Nevada: November 11-14, 2007. This annual conference provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advances International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) committee work.  Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health, and related professions to exchange ideas on collaborating to protect lives and property from disaster. Visit www.iaem.com/events/Annual/intro.htm.

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11) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Risk and Safety Planner (Faculty)
University at Buffalo; Buffalo, New York  

The Position: The faculty of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning invites applicants for the tenure-track position of Risk and Safety Planner at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Our faculty is part of the School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. The appointment may be made as early as spring or fall 2008. Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2007, and continue until the position is filled.

We are searching for applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on disaster and urban safety, as well as in the planning and design of infrastructure systems (especially transportation) and complex facilities. The candidate may have specialized knowledge in one or more types of natural disasters or human threats; familiarity with multiple hazards is preferred. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in planning or a related field.

Level of appointment and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The duties of a faculty member involve a combination of research, teaching (two classes per semester at the graduate or undergraduate level in the general curriculum as well as in his or her area of specialization), and service to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the University.

The present search is part of the university-wide strategy to develop the field of “Extreme Events Mitigation and Response.” The selected candidate will have the opportunity to be part of a community of over 100 faculty members in engineering, social sciences, management, and the health sciences interested in research, teaching, and application related to extreme events.

The University: With 27,000 students, the University at Buffalo is a Carnegie Class I research university and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The university offers 90 Ph.D. and 135 master’s programs, and has outstanding supercomputing, library, and research facilities, including numerous interdisciplinary centers and institutes for faculty collaboration.

With eleven tenured or tenure-track faculty members, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning is one of two accredited departments in a professional school of about 700 full-time equivalent students. The Department offers four degree programs: the B.A. in Environmental Design with about 100 students, the accredited Master’s of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) degree with about 100 students, and joint master degrees with Architecture and Law. Students at the master’s level may concentrate in one of the department’s five areas of specialization: Community Development and Urban Management; Economic and International Development; Environmental and Physical Planning; GIS and Planning Technologies; and Urban Design.

Located in a distinctive nineteenth-century building on the university’s historic urban campus, the department benefits from an on-site architecture and planning library. The School of Architecture and Planning has excellent computing facilities, with over 160 systems available to students in labs and studios.

The Community: Near our campus is the University Heights neighborhood with coffee shops, eateries, bookstores, and a full array of commercial outlets and services. The campus is highly accessible, situated on a subway and other transit lines. Housing opportunities are abundant and affordable.

With a combined population of 9.7 million, the binational Niagara region of Western New York and Southern Ontario offers a high quality of life and an exceptional setting for engaging planning issues. The region spans an international border, and includes large cities, varied suburbs, dramatic landscapes, and quiet villages.

Application: Inquiries and/or nominations should be made as soon as possible; applications (with curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three academic references) should be sent to:

Professor Ernest Sternberg
Search Committee Chair
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Hayes Hall, University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street, Buffalo
New York, 14214-3087.

The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Recruiter. As such it does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, creed or religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or marital or veteran status. Candidates with a disability may request reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Emergency Response Coordinator
Kuwait Oil Company

Ali H. Asad, Emergency Response Coordinator for Kuwait Oil Company, is looking to hire an Emergency Response Specialist to work with Kuwait Oil Company.

The job description is writing up emergency plans, training and conducting drill for all KOC departments. This job deals with all other departments in KOC.

If you have Emergency Management Experience with the oil Sector, then you will have top priority.

It will involve preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The pay is approximately $86,000 a year with a car and an apartment or outliving allowance.

E-mail your CV to aasad@kockw.com.

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Assistant Professor – Spatial Analysis/Modeling
University of South Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina

The Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina invites applications by specialists in GIScience for a tenure track assistant professor position to begin August 16, 2008. Required characteristics of the successful applicant include a PhD in Geography (in hand at time of appointment) and demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in spatial analysis and modeling.

We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in spatial econometrics, network analysis (especially transportation), and/or location-allocation modeling. Demonstrated interests that complement and extend existing departmental strengths in environmental science, nature-society studies, and human geography are required. Preferred characteristics include the candidates demonstrated success in both theoretical research and applications in cross-disciplinary settings, and experience in publication and grant acquisition.

Successful candidates will join an 18-member department (expanding this year to 22 members) that offers bachelors, masters, and PhD programs in integrative geography. The department offers a full range of degree programs and enjoys excellent administrative support for its activities. The department has excellent, renovated facilities that house several specialized activities including the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, Center for GIS & Remote Sensing, and Geographic Alliance.

For full consideration by the search committee, applications must be received by October 8, 2007. To apply, send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of three references to the address below. We prefer E-mail applications.

Apply to Professor John R. Jensen, Chair of GIScience Search Committee, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 E-mail jrjensen@sc.edu .

For additional information, visit our departmental web site at www.cas.sc.edu/geog .

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Assistant Professor – Human Geography
University of Hawaii; Manoa, Hawaii

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Geography (http://www.geography.hawaii.edu) invites applications for a full- time, 9-month, tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor in Human Geography and Globalization, addressing issues such as environmental conflict/security or socio-cultural consequences of global change, to start 1 August 2008.

Expertise in a range of methodological approaches will be welcome. Duties: To teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise undergraduate and graduate students; conduct an active research program; publish research results; seek extramural funding; and engage in departmental governance and activities.

Minimum Qualifications: A PhD in Geography or an allied field must be held by the start of the appointment. A record of scholarly achievement as evidenced by publications and research.

Desirable Qualifications: A research agenda with relevance to issues in the Asia-Pacific region or Hawaii in particular. Academic interests which complement the department's strengths. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

To apply, send letter of application outlining teaching interests and research agenda, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of at least three academic referees, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates should state clearly how they would expect to fit within the department and link to other programs of the College of Social Sciences and the University. Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2007. Applications should be sent to Professor Krisna Suryanata, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Geography, 2424 Maile Way, 445 Saunders Hall, Honolulu, HI 96822-2223. E-mail: krisnawa@hawaii.edu.

Position number: 82332.

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Analysts in American National Government
The Congressional Research Service; Washington DC

The Congressional Research Service Government and Finance Division is seeking two Analysts in American National Government with expertise in either community and regional economic development policy or emergency management policy. Candidates with a Ph.D or a Master's degree and related experience and the ability to conduct both qualitative AND quantitative analysis are encouraged to apply.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides Congress non-partisan, balanced, authoritative research and analysis on a wide range of policy issues facing the nation. Congress turns to CRS for research and analysis as it considers issues that are important to the American people.

The Analysts prepare objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background reports on issues of national or international significance; provide personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process; and participate in or leads team research projects and seminars. Over time, the analysts will also be expected to develop the skills necessary to provide public policy and legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

Positions are being offered at the GS-12 level ($66,767-$86,801). To apply online (preferred), visit http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo or call 202.707.5627 to request an applicant job kit. Please refer to vacancy #070257 in all correspondence. Applications must be received by October 23rd, 2007. CRS is the public policy research arm of the U.S. Congress and is fully committed to workforce diversity."

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Assistant Professor – Climate Science
University of California- Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, California

University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Geography www.geog.ucsb.edu invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Climate Science effective July 1, 2008, Ph.D. required. The Department seeks candidates whose research and teaching interests focus on understanding coupled climate processes using numerical modeling and observations. Research focus areas include climate scale interactions of the atmosphere with terrestrial, oceanic and/or cryospheric processes; global climate change and its feedbacks with regional climates; climate impacts on humankind and potential feedbacks; and the role of the mesoscale atmospheric processes in climate and climate change. The successful applicant should be versed in the use of observational data ( e.g., remote sensing, historical or paleo records) as well as in the numerical and/or mathematical modeling of climate. It is expected that the candidate should be able to (1) conduct state of the art research in association with the diverse group of scholars in the Departments of Geography, Earth Science and Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, the Institute for Computational Earth System Science, the Marine Science Institute, and the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management; (2) help focus interdisciplinary graduate training and research programs in the study of Earth's climate and its changes; and (3) to teach classes at both the graduate and undergraduate level in physical geography and atmospheric sciences. Application deadline is October 15, 2007.

Qualified applicants should send their complete curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and names of three referees with addresses preferably by email to climate_search@geog.ucsb.edu, or by mail to Search Committee, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060.

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Stephenson Disaster Management Institute; Louisiana State University

Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Louisiana State University has recently initiated the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), located in the E. J. Ourso College of Business. The SDMI's ambition is to become a premier international research institution. Its mission is to help improve the practice of disaster and crisis management through high-quality research and executive-level education. The SDMI aims to become a multidisciplinary research center that commands respect among both academics and practitioners.

In its first hiring round, the SDMI now invites applications for up to four Assistant/Associate/Full Professors in disciplines related to disaster and crisis management research beginning in Fall 2008. Fields may include, but are not limited to: Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy and Management, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Planning, Information Systems, Economics, Psychology, or Geography.

Outstanding candidates are expected to devote most of their time to research that has applied potential. Applicants should be doctoral degree holders having undertaken original research that has contributed to the body of knowledge in their respective field, and a strong publication record or evidence of the potential to generate quality scholarship. A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in business administration, public administration, public policy, sociology or related disciplines. Additional Qualifications Desired: Grant writer/recipient or proven revenue generating ability in chosen areas of expertise; demonstrated interest in crisis and disaster management, executive education, decision-making or related areas.

An offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is January 2, 2008 or until candidates are selected. Send curriculum vitae (including e-mail address), three letters of recommendation, and cover letter to:

Warren Eller, Ph.D.
Associate Director, SDMI
E. J. Ourso College of Business
1103 Patrick F. Taylor Hall
Louisiana State University
Ref: Log #1049
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
E-mail: SDMI@lsu.edu

LSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER

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Post-Doctoral Researcher (2 positions)
Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Louisiana State University

Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Louisiana State University has recently initiated the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), located in the E. J. Ourso College of Business. The SDMI's ambition is to become a premier international research institution. Its mission is to help improve the practice of disaster and crisis management through high-quality research and executive-level education. The SDMI aims to become a multidisciplinary research center that commands respect among both academics and practitioners.

In its first hiring round, the SDMI now invites applications for two Postdoctoral Researchers in disciplines related to disaster and crisis management research beginning in Fall, 2008. Fields may include, but are not limited to: Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy and Management, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Planning, Information Systems, Economics, Psychology, or Geography.

Outstanding candidates are expected to devote full-time to research.

Applicants should be doctoral degree or ABD that has defended by the time of appointment. Applicants should have evidence of the potential to generate quality scholarship. A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D., ABD, or equivalent degree. Additional Qualifications Desired: Grant writer/recipient or proven revenue generating ability in chosen areas of expertise; interest in crisis and disaster management, executive education, decision-making or related areas.

An offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is January 2, 2008 or until candidates are selected. Send curriculum vitae (including e-mail address), three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, statement of research agenda, and cover letter to:

Warren Eller, Ph.D.
Associate Director, SDMI
E. J. Ourso College of Business
1103 Patrick F. Taylor Hall
Louisiana State University
Ref: Log #1050
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
E-mail: SDMI@lsu.edu

LSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER

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Assistant or Associate Professor - Climate, Society, and Environmental Change
Rutgers University; New Brunswick, New Jersey

Appointment:  Tenure-track, academic year, teaching/research position in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers the State University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Opportunities and Responsibilities:

  • Develop an interdisciplinary scholarly agenda that furthers the University’s commitment to education, capacity for leading research, and reputation as an academic institution through publishing in high-impact journals and obtaining competitive grants.
  • Take a leading role in the University's new and developing Initiative on Climate Change, Social Policy, and Politics, in cooperation with the department’s dynamic interdisciplinary group of social scientists and with scholars in other units at the University.
  • Contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department of Human Ecology and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences by teaching courses and mentoring students in areas of environmental policy, institutions, and/or behavior and in graduate studies in relevant disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary programs.
  • Cooperate in scholarly activities with faculty and students in departments in other Rutgers schools such as Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, and History in the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Eagleton Institute for Politics; the Edward  J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy; the Institute for Research on Women; the School for Communication, Information and Library Studies, and other units at Rutgers.

Qualifications:

  • PhD from an accredited institution in a discipline relevant to the study of the behavioral, social, and political dimensions of climate and environmental change;
  • Evidence of ability to work across disciplines, both within the social sciences and with physical and life scientists working on environmental problems;
  • Interest in and ability to effectively teach at undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Experience in grant-funded research and /or in engagement with diverse organizations and publics.

Salary/Benefits:

Salary will be competitive and commensurable with qualifications.  Excellent personal benefits package is provided, including one month of annual leave per year, health insurance, retirement program and other institutional benefits.

Application Procedures:  Interested persons should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae and arrange to have letters of recommendation sent directly by three (3) professional references.  The deadline for applications is December 5th, 2007 or until a suitable candidate is found.  Nominations are also invited.  The position is expectedto be filled by September 1, 2008, pending university approval.  Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Bonnie J. McCay, Chair
Department of Human Ecology
School of Environmental & Biological Sciences Rutgers the State University of New Jersey
55 Dudley Road
New Brunswick , NJ  08901-8520
Tel: 732-932-9153 x 314
HEsearch@SEBS.rutgers.edu

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Position availability subject to University approval.

 

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