Department Chair and Professor of Human Ecology University of California, Davis

Department of Human Ecology
Search Plan
Approved January 23, 2018
Department Chair and Professor of Human Ecology
Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis


The Department of Human Ecology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental
Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting for a Professor and Department
Chair. The chair position offers an excellent opportunity to build innovative scholarly
collaboration across disciplines in pursuit of healthy, equitable, and sustainable development at
multiple scales: individual, community, region, and beyond. UC Davis is one of the top ten public
universities in the country and is located a short drive away from Sacramento, the San
Francisco Bay Area, and the Napa Valley. As part of the top ranked College of Agricultural and
Environmental Sciences, our department plays an integral role in addressing the human
dimensions of major societal challenges identified in the college's strategic plan, including
sustainable agriculture and food systems, ecosystem viability, equitable and healthy
communities, and climate change.


The department has 38 academic faculty (professors and specialists in
cooperative extension), is responsible for delivering curricula in four undergraduate majors
(Community and Regional Development, Human Development, Landscape Architecture, and
Sustainable Environmental Design) and is the administrative home for three graduate groups
(Community Development, Human Development, and Geography). The social sciences
research and teaching conducted in the department complements the college's world renowned
programs in agriculture and the environment by integrating themes of people, place, and power
as these impact the major issues facing society, including climate change and social inequality.
Faculty study multiple domains of human development throughout the lifespan, including
cognition, emotion, physical, social, and biological as these are influenced by various contexts
and systems including neighborhoods, families, peers, schools, and programs; community
development processes and institutions as these are shaped by culture, ethnicity and political
economy; and the role of the built environment and associated planning processes in supporting
sustainable development and healthy, equitable communities. For more see

Professorial Responsibilities: This full professor tenured position is an academic year position
with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service expectations and includes the
expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and
outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station

Administrative Responsibilities:

Department of Human Ecology

Search Plan

Approved January 23, 2018

The position of department chair will be for a five-year term with the option for renewal. An
administrative stipend and summer compensation will be provided during the term. In addition,
the chair position comes with financial support to assist with running a research program. The
responsibilities of the chair appointment include: advance the enterprise of the department in a
productive and collegial manner while maintaining an inclusive environment; oversight of the
professional development and performance of the faculty and staff; administrative oversight
responsibility for the budget; allocation of research and office space; oversight for maintenance
of facilities and department equipment; and oversight of university health and safety standards;
collaboration with the other department chairs served by the same administrative cluster
(Cluster Five). The chair has final responsibility for assignment of faculty teaching
responsibilities. The chair has responsibility for participating in development fund raising and
stewardship activities on behalf of the department. The chair is part of the leadership team of
the college and will participate in appropriate meetings and service. The chair is expected to
uphold the UC Davis Principles of Community as well as campus policies, college objectives,
and campus goals for diversification of the faculty/staff/student workforce.


Basic Qualification: Ph.D. or equivalent in a social science discipline relevant to any of the three
units in our interdisciplinary department: community and regional development, human
development, landscape architecture and environmental design. Evidence of excellence in
research, education (instruction and mentoring), and university and professional service are
expected. The individual should be a recognized expert with a research program that aligns with
the interdisciplinary research foci of the department. Administrative experiences and skills are
expected commensurate with the capacity to chair a large and diverse department of faculty,
students and staff. The candidate is expected to have a record of strong teaching/mentoring of
undergraduates and graduates, and evidence of successful and committed university and public
service. Experience in conducting or supporting publicly engaged scholarship through research
and/or teaching is desired.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application materials must be submitted via the following website:
The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be
received by March 26, 2018.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) three
to five publications, 3) statement of research accomplishments, 4) statement of teaching
accomplishments and philosophy, 5) statement of administrative skills and leadership
experience, 6) statement of contributions to diversity, and 7) the names, addresses, including email,
of five professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to search committee

Department of Human Ecology

Search Plan
Approved January 23, 2018
co-chairs David Campbell or Amanda Guyer

University of California, Davis, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are
interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and
professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and
respect for differences based on gender, cultural ethnicity, level of disability, and sexual
orientation. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is
dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to
apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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