Now Hiring! IGCB Seeks Global Leader to Direct Efforts

Originally published: 
April, 2019

Announcing a Search for

Director of the Institute for Global Change Biology

of the

University of Michigan


The Opportunity


The University of Michigan invites nominations and applications for the Director of the new Institute for Global Change Biology (IGCB).  This is an exceptional opportunity to lead global change research across the University of Michigan campus.  The IGCB was created as part of the University President’s Biosciences Initiative, funded at $150 million to develop new institutes and programs across the University of Michigan campus.  New faculty hires are designed to strengthen research and education through strategic leadership, coordination and the development of new and exciting research opportunities.


The IGCB seeks to understand the biosphere’s responses to a variety of human activities, including climate change and shifting ecological regions, land-use conversion, release of pollutants and species introductions.  These processes and their impacts are complex, interactive, and difficult to address.  Research must develop new methods towards generating forecasts that combine changes, impacts and responses to assist science-based decision making relevant to society.  The IGCB will foster research to understand and forecast the interactive effects of global change on ecosystems.  The IGCB’s mission is to: 1) Understand the complex interactions of global change biology; 2) Develop decision-making frameworks for mitigating and adapting to global change; 3) Identify forecast indicators; 4) Develop robust forecast models; and 5) Focus on issues that inform decision-makers on solutions to existing and emerging global change issues.


The University of Michigan’s expansive breadth and depth of expertise uniquely position the University to be at the forefront of an innovative, collaborative and integrative set of programs that will magnify the impacts of faculty, staff and student work in the environment and sustainability. 


We seek a Professor with an active global change research program to be Director of the IGCB.  This position will be based in the newly established School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS).  SEAS has porous boundaries, as will the IGCB, to provide leadership and work collaboratively with other schools, institutes and programs at UM to develop solutions to the most challenging global sustainability issues. Joint appointments in other U-M Schools and Colleges are possible.


The IGCB will bring together faculty from a wide variety of disciplines to pursue collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to issues that impact our environment, sustainable development, and societal linkages. The Director will provide leadership in facilitating cross-campus, collaborative research to address the needs identified above, and they will report to the Dean of SEAS and the U-M Vice-President for Biosciences.     


Qualifications include:

  • A distinguished research and teaching record commensurate with an appointment as a tenured full professor in SEAS.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively by reaching across school/college/unit boundaries to form positive, productive relationships.
  • The ability to lead and manage via influence and collaboration.
  • The ability to consider issues and perspectives of multiple stakeholders and a wide range of disciplines.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion consistent with the university’s commitment (https://diversity.umich.edu/about/)
  • Demonstrated leadership in research programs, as well as community and stakeholder engagement

SEAS is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively respond 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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement: The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


The University of Michigan


The University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history. It was founded in 1817, 20 years before the territory became a state and 45 years before the Morrill Act of 1862 established the modern, public land-grant university system. It was one of the first public universities in the nation, and throughout its more than 200-year history, it has maintained the highest levels of education, scholarship, and research.


Among national universities, U.S. News and World Report regularly ranks the University of Michigan in the top dozen schools by reputation for undergraduate teaching. The Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (the Shanghai Index) ranked the University 23rd among the top 500 in 2016. The QS world rankings place U-M as the top U.S. public university.


The University of Michigan has a total budget of $7.4 billion and an endowment of $11.9 billion (June 2018). The Ann Arbor campus has 6,033 faculty full-time equivalents (FTEs). Instructional appointments comprise 3,390 FTEs, and another 2,644 FTEs are individuals with clinical, research and other titles who are primarily involved in health care, research and related scholarly activities. The University enrolls approximately 46,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It has ranked first in the country among public universities in total research expenditures for the last 8 years, with a research portfolio of over $1.5 billion in FY2018.


Over the years, the University has carefully planned for reductions in state and federal resources to sustain its impressive trajectory. In the 1990s, in a prescient and enormously successful strategic change, the University adopted a Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) approach to budgeting, which delegates revenue and cost authority to the deans of its individual schools and colleges, giving units incentives to manage their budgets in ways that best meet their needs and benefit the overall financial outlook of the University. Today, the University is stronger than ever, with reduced overhead, more faculty, lower costs, and greater distinction.


The University of Michigan has been a leader among public universities in developing a strong alumni support network, and it has achieved tremendous success in philanthropy to enhance its mission.  In 2012, the University launched the “Victors for Michigan” capital campaign, aiming to raise $4 billion. The campaign, which concluded in October 2018, raised $5 billion in total.


The City of Ann Arbor

 

Ann Arbor, located 40 miles west of Detroit and 250 miles east of Chicago, is an attractive area in which to live and work. It is home to a world-class educational and high-tech research center nestled in a close-knit community of neighborhoods with a rich mix of cultures. It has a vibrant arts community and festivals throughout the year that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Ann Arbor routinely is ranked as having some of the best quality of life in the nation.  Its total population, including the student population of the University of Michigan, is 114,000, and the University employs more than 27,000 residents of Washtenaw County.