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April 5th, 2018

International search for new INSTAAR director is underway

With current director Alan Townsend departing May 15 for a new position as provost to Colorado College, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) is searching for a new director. An international search will be conducted to find an emerging or established leader with a combination of research and leadership skills.

Current associate director and professor of Geological Sciences Gifford H. Miller will serve as INSTAAR’s interim director from May 1 until a new director is on board. Albert Kettner will step in as interim associate director.

Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez will appoint a search committee in discussion with Miller, comprised of representatives from INSTAAR and its partner academic and research programs at CU. The committee will be led by CIRES director Waleed Abdalati. After discussions with the body of INSTAAR, the search committee will create a job advertisement that will be issued through many channels in May. (May 15 update: the job description is posted.) Interviews will take place in the fall.

The new director will be rostered in the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) and have a tenure home in one of INSTAAR’s affiliated academic departments and programs: Anthropology; Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental Studies; Geography; or Geological Sciences.

INSTAAR is CU Boulder’s oldest research institute, with historic strengths in polar and alpine regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced. INSTAAR research includes environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales, and includes topics in Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate.