CEE Infrastructure Equity

Job Type
Job Rank
Assistant/Associate Professor
Job Institution
University of California, Irvine
Job Description

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) invites applications for a faculty position with research, teaching, and service responsibilities that contribute to UCI’s new campus-wide Infrastructure Equity (IE) faculty cluster hiring program. The position is open at the rank of a tenure-track Assistant Professor or early-stage Associate Professor with tenure. The IE faculty cluster is part of UCI’sBlack Thriving Initiative (BTI) and seeks to attract a cadre of engaged scholars across the fields of planning, policy, engineering, environmental science, and law to address social, environmental, and racial disparities in infrastructure planning, design, and implementation. Participating units include CEE in the Samueli School of Engineering; the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy in the School of Social Ecology; the Department of Earth System Science in the School of Physical Science; and the School of Law. The Cluster’s curriculum and programming components will foster cross-campus collaborations, build a community of scholars trained in community-based research, and engage with community organizations and governmental agencies in Black and other historically marginalized communities to advance equity in infrastructure and climate investments and policy. For more information, consult the IE cluster website: https://sites.uci.edu/iecluster/.

Applicants for this CEE faculty position are sought with expertise and aspirations to integrate equity considerations into engineering processes, analyses, models, and data collection that shape the design, construction, operations and/or maintenance of civil infrastructure. The Department is open to candidates whose interests are focused on one or more types of civil infrastructure, such as transportation systems or flood management systems, as well as the externalities of infrastructure such as air pollution and other environmental impacts, public health, social disruption of communities, access to opportunity, declines in safety, and vulnerability to natural hazards, climate change, and other threats. The Department is especially interested in candidates with a strong engineering background, and a vision for innovating the nation’s aging civil infrastructure (including its design, operation, and maintenance) to improve livelihoods, deliver greater equity, more easily adapt to climate and human-driven change, and achieve higher levels of sustainability. Successful candidates are expected to bring research experience with Black and/or other historically marginalized communities. The Department will favor Assistant Professor candidates with deep core research strengths over candidates with broad expertise and less depth. At the Associate Professor level, the department seeks candidates with an expanding core of nationally recognized research strengths. The Department also seeks a candidate who would complement existing faculty expertise and interests and support the delivery of CEE undergraduate and graduate programs.

Launched in 2020 during the racial reckoning, the UCI Black Thriving Initiative mobilizes the entire university to transform UCI into the nation's foremost destination for Black people to thrive as students, faculty, staff, and communities served by the university. To this end, it consists of three action platforms that seek to inform choices, decisions, and priorities as a great public research university. These are: change the culture, leverage the mission, and engage with communities. A major feature of BTI involves advancing understanding about the multifaceted Black experience and drivers of well-being in support of Black communities. The associated faculty cluster hiring program builds on and expands our shared values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and commitment to social justice. Selected from a multi-year competition, the three BTI hiring clusters reflect the power and promise of interdisciplinary collaboration. They are: Environmental Health Disparities, Infrastructure Equity, and Poetic Justice. To accelerate and elevate the impact of the research, teaching, and service of participating and affiliated faculty, each cluster will receive dedicated programming support for three years. For more information, consult the BTI website: https://inclusion.uci.edu/action-plan/msi/uci-black-thriving-initiative/.

Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2022; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering or a related field by the position start date, July 1, 2023 (teaching duties will begin Fall 2023). CEE recognizes the value of diversity in its faculty and strongly supports UCI’s mission for equity and inclusiveness. We are committed to ensuring accountability, providing training and education, conducting responsive research, and building sustainable partnerships. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Please direct questions about this position to the chair of the search committee, Professor Brett F. Sanders, at bsanders@uci.edu.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine conducts institutional reference checks for finalists to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer of appointment into Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). The institutional reference checks involve contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Irvine requires all candidates of Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into AP RECRUIT as part of their application. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) positions will be subject to institutional reference checks.

Applications must be uploaded electronically through UC Irvine’s recruitment site https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF07793 and must include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Current and Future Research Plans
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Inclusive Excellence that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (e.g., mentoring activities, committee service, research, or teaching activities)
  • Representative Publications
  • Contact information to request three reference letters

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.