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Institution:Old Dominion University
Location:Norfolk, VA
Category:Faculty - Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography
Applications Due:09/01/2013
Type:Full Time

Faculty of Practice in Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation (Assistant or Associate Professor level), Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

Location: ODU, Climate Change & Sea Level Rise Initiative, Norfolk, VA.

The Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) program and Old Dominion University (ODU) have entered a partnership to support a Faculty of Practice in Climate Change Adaptation at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Located at ODU, this position will fill a critical gap in the region for outreach, coordination, and scientific synthesis and integration capacity. The Faculty of Practice will serve the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic, and the U.S., and will be a part of the national network of climate extension specialists in state Sea Grant programs ( The faculty member will be an employee of ODU and a VASG extension staff member, reporting to the ODU Vice Provost and evaluated by the Vice Provost with input from VASG. This position is funded jointly through VASG and ODU under a 4-year Memorandum of Understanding, with possibility of extension beyond that duration.  

Virginia Sea Grant is a Commonwealth-wide network of partner academic institutions. VASG is a state-federal partnership, with federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce (see VASG is headquartered at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), which is the graduate School of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary. Current VASG partner institutions include: VIMS/College of William & Mary, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. VASG's mission is to enhance the ecological, economic, and social sustainability of coastal and ocean communities and the ecosystem services they depend upon through university-based research, extension, and education. VASG is a scientific broker, supplying science-based information to citizens, businesses, educators, resource managers, and policy makers. 

Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a dynamic public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. ODU's Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) seeks to leverage the university's and the region's foremost experts to find solutions to the anticipated effects of climate change on the economy, housing, ports, and infrastructure (see The CCSLRI has taken several steps toward establishing ODU's leadership role on this critical issue for our region. ODU has hired a leading climate scholar to significantly elevate its research capacity and international reputation in climate change. Thus, the research and education foundation has been built and new partnerships across the Commonwealth are emerging (including partnerships with adaptation planning, landscape architecture, and policy and legal analysis capacity at VASG partner institutions, including the University of Virginia, College of William & Mary, VIMS, and George Mason University).


The Faculty of Practice in Climate Change Adaptation will extend science-based information to coastal communities, resource managers, and interest groups in Virginia and the region with the goal to reduce disaster risk, increase resilience and improve adaptation capabilities related to climate change and sea level rise. The faculty member will lead coordination, communication, and scientific synthesis and integration efforts. S/he may also contribute to applied research motivated by community adaptation needs and provide hands-on operational and technical support to coastal communities addressing their adaptation needs. The Faculty of Practice member will participate in VASG's quarterly outreach meetings among the portfolio of outreach sub-awardees, which currently includes William & Mary Law School's Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, VIMS's Marine Advisory Services Center, and Virginia Tech's Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research & Education Center in Hampton. The Faculty of Practice member will prepare a detailed two-year work plan collaboratively with ODU and VASG and with input from community stakeholders and advisors. Travel within the region, state, mid-Atlantic, and occasionally nationally is expected.

Position Objectives and Activities



The incumbent will work out of the main offices of the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) at ODU in Norfolk, VA.


Competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Applications should be sent electronically to: CCSLRI Search Committee, attention of Elizabeth Smith (, 4111 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23529. Applicants should include a letter of interest that outlines how the applicant meets the requirements and would approach the position, a curriculum vitae, and three professional references with email addresses and phone numbers provided. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2013; the search will remain open until an appointment is made.

For more information contact: Hans-Peter Plag ( or Larry Atkinson (