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To apply, submit application materials in Interfolio, via the following link:

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience, potential contributions, and interest in one or more of the appointment options
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevant publications including journal articles, reports, and working papers
  • References, a list of three names of academic references with contact information
  • Diversity Statement, a maximum one-page (single spaced) statement on how you contribute to diversity efforts

For assistance or further information, you may contact Please include on the subject line “Visiting Professor of Practice.”

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Job Summary


Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management

Kathy and Steve Berman Western Forest and Fire Initiative

School for Environment and Sustainability

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Western Forest and Fire Initiative (WFFI), based at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, invites applications for a two-year visiting professor of practice. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary working group organized to understand and develop strategies to manage forests and human communities in the western United States as an integrated social-environmental system. The visiting professor of practice will lead a process to engage stakeholders, co-produce knowledge, and develop programmatic and policy options based on applied research on interacting forest, fire, climate change, and community dynamics. The visiting professor of practice will also engage with undergraduate and graduate students through formal teaching or seminar presentations, help mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and expand the network of connections between the SEAS community and practitioner organizations in the US West.

  • Start date: September 1, 2021 (flexible)
  • Term: Two years, 1.00 FTE
  • Appointment options: Visiting Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Fixed-Term Staff
  • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan and location in U.S. West (flexible)
  • Salary: Based on experience (benefits eligible)  
  • Institution: University of Michigan

The successful applicant for the position would be appointed Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management, an endowed professorship in the School for Environment and Sustainability established in 1994 with a gift from Sally and William L. Searle. With this gift, the Searle family seeks to provide leadership and instruction in ecosystem management, ecosystem conservation, and ecosystem restoration. The Professorship is designed to allow its holder to develop programs that include interdisciplinary activity and links among sectors and science, policy and management.

Due to the fixed duration of the appointment, the successful applicant would be designated either as a Visiting or Adjunct Faculty member within the University of Michigan human resources system.

Mission Statement

At SEAS, we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, discourages and restoratively responds to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice.  Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.


The hire will work as part of the Western Forest and Fire Initiative (WFFI) at the University of Michigan, a project made possible with support from Kathy and Steve Berman. The WFFI is a multi-disciplinary team of faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows from the fields of ecology, engineering, economics, policy and planning, and behavioral sciences. The overarching goal of the WFFI is to improve society’s ability to mitigate the risks of large wildfires, exacerbated by climate change, to western forests and communities in forested areas. The WFFI aims to serve as a research hub and a bridging organization, working closely with practitioners and other researchers in the US West to identify research questions and undertake intensive problem analyses to answer those questions. The WFFI will pursue four main objectives:

  1. Improve scientific understanding of fire-prone forests and communities as a social-ecological system, and how to manage forests and communities as such under changing climate conditions.
  2. Support the network of west-wide stakeholders in communicating and coordinating their programmatic and policy efforts around forest management, fire risk, community socio-economic development, and climate change.
  3. Build the capacity of future scholars to work on fire-prone forest and community issues in the West from a complex adaptive systems perspective.
  4. Create a robust agenda and set of strategies for policy and management changes.

Participating Principal Investigators include Paige Fischer, Steve Yaffee, Stella Cousins, Michael Craig, and others. For more information, and the WFFI website

Required Qualifications*

Ideal applicants will be established applied researchers or practitioners with a PhD in natural resource management, planning, or a related field. Working familiarity with forest, fire, climate, and community issues in the western United States is required. Other helpful training and skills include:

  • Formal training and/or experience with processes of transdisciplinary collaborative research and knowledge production
  • Formal training and/or experience with forest or wildfire management and policy, or community socio-economic development
  • Formal training and/or experience with development of multi-organizational partnerships and facilitation of groups

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.