Assistant Professor of Marine Policy

University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Fairbanks, AK, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  • **JOB NUMBER:**525465
  • **CLASSIFICATION:**Assistant Professor (F9)
  • **GRADE:**UNAC Grade 30
  • **WORK TYPE:**Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • **ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT:**University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • **SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT:**UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science
  • **LOCATION:**Fairbanks, Juneau
  • **CATEGORIES:**Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Fisheries Department of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time (9-months of annual state support) Assistant Professor of Marine Policy. The position will be located in Juneau or Fairbanks, Alaska. Applications are encouraged from creative individuals with a solid academic background who will complement the expertise of existing faculty, contribute to the Master of Marine Policy (MMP) and other CFOS academic programs, develop an active research program, and engage in professional, public, and university service. UAF is a federally recognized Alaska Native-serving institution that supports bridging Indigenous and Western sciences.


50% Teaching The successful candidate will teach core courses and/or develop specialty courses for Masters in Marine Policy program, courses for other CFOS graduate and undergraduate academic programs, and mentor graduate students. Faculty members will hold office hours appropriate for the courses being taught, and continue to develop and modify course curriculum. Classroom, studio, laboratory, and distance delivery instruction in regular academic courses with assigned contact hours; development and coordination of special undergraduate and graduate seminars. Preparation of student materials for classes; preparation of a new course or program or substantial revision of an older course or program. General advising of undergraduate students; supervision of student mentorships; supervision of graduate student theses, dissertations, and research/creative projects; supervision of undergraduate theses and research/creative projects. Supervision of directed study through individualized courses; non-credit educational programs on-campus or elsewhere; and other activities benefiting students' academic development.

40% Research Develop a vigorous Alaska-based research program involving undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. All professional activities leading to publication, performance or formal presentation in field, or leading to external funding recognizing current or potential contribution to that field. Such activities include manuscript submission; grant/contract proposal submission; supervision of funded research projects; development and commercialization of intellectual property; additions to a portfolio; and other original contributions appropriate to their field.

10% Service: Faculty are expected to provide public service to the nation, state, tribes and local communities by serving on advisory committees and participating in other professional, university, and community activities. 1. Public service: serving in organized, non-remunerative, educational and consultative activities which devolve from their professional expertise and further the interests or prestige of the University. 2. University service: serving as department head/chair, program director, or governance officer; serving on administrative and governance, department, college, school or university committees; and performing other tasks as deemed necessary by the University. 3. Professional service: reviewing grant/contract proposals, serving as an editor and/or reviewer for a journal, serving as accreditation reviewer, serving on a professional licensing board, as an ad hoc reviewer in their area of expertise; as an officer in a professional society; organizing and/or chairing conferences, symposia, seminars, etc.; teaching short courses, seminars, etc. that are not regular academic courses; editing journals, books, special volumes of papers, or other relevant activities.

The MMP is a new degree program jointly supported by UAF CFOS and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), with UAF acting as the lead institution. The MMP degree program engages students in a curriculum that instills an integrated background in (1) Living Marine Resources and their Management, (2) Analytic Methods, (3) Law and Policy, and (4) Economics, Development, and Sustainability. The wide selection of courses that satisfy these core and elective requirements facilitates the individualization of the curriculum to support each student’s goals. Courses included in the program are drawn from the Alaska Native Studies, Anthropology, Arctic and Northern Studies, Biology, Cross-cultural Studies, Economics, Fisheries, Geography, Marine Biology, Natural Resource Management, Political Science, Public Administration, Rural Development, and Statistics programs at UAF and UAS.

UAF is Alaska’s research university, America’s Arctic university and a world leader in both Arctic and climate-change research. The successful applicant will enjoy opportunities for collaboration within CFOS’s world-class, high-latitude research programs. The College offers a B.S. in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, a B.A. in Fisheries, Minors in Marine Science and Fisheries, Master of Marine Policy, Master of Marine Studies and Blue MBA degree programs, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries. The UAF campus houses the Ocean Acidification Research Center, the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, a Multi-Collector ICP-MS, the Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory (AIL), and the Genomics Core Laboratory for Nucleic Acid Analysis. Our coastal facilities include the Seward Marine Center, the NOAA-UAF Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, and the Lena Point Fisheries Facility. The College has over 150 faculty, researchers and staff based throughout Alaska, more than 100 graduate students engaged in thesis research in Alaska waters and throughout the world, and a growing undergraduate degree program in fisheries and ocean sciences.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization. We welcome applicants to bring their unique perspectives and identities through their culture, national origin, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, age, religion and beliefs.


  • Demonstrated English proficiency.
  • Experience teaching at the university level.
  • Ability to teach 2-4 courses per year, including one or more of the courses already included in the MMP program.
  • Ability to develop one or more MMP program courses in their area of expertise.
  • Ability to work with private and public external constituencies through service as a member of science and policy advisory bodies to state, federal, tribal, and international marine and fisheries policy organizations.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines and institutions.


  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: mariculture policy and management, marine spatial planning, international and high seas fisheries policy and management, arctic marine policy, maritime law, coastal community economic development, or the governance, management, and co-management of tribal and indigenous fisheries.
  • Prior experience working with resource management agencies, coastal communities, or tribes is desirable.


A research, teaching, and service record commensurate with their experience.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree from an accredited university in marine policy, marine affairs, fisheries, marine science or closely related discipline.


This is a full-time tripartite tenure-track faculty position complete with both a competitive salary (starting pay is DOE) and UA employee benefits package. The position will be located in Juneau or Fairbanks, Alaska.


Interested applicants must submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a statement of interest and qualifications in research, teaching, and engagement, (3) a curriculum vitae, (4) a copy of your most pertinent publication, (5) evidence of teaching experience, (6) contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number) and (7) a statement reflecting their commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment and academic experience.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, to ensure full consideration you must apply by 10/15/2023.

The application review process will consist of preliminary screening, intermediate screening, videoconference interview and finalist campus visits for a final interview, presentation of an academic seminar and sample lecture.

  • To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Franz Mueter, Search Committee Chair, General questions about the Marine Policy program can be directed to Dr. Keith Criddle (

**ADVERTISED:**18 Aug 2023 Alaskan Daylight Time **APPLICATIONS CLOSE:**Open until filled

University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is an equal opportunity employer.