IHP Criteria

2022 IHP - Environment Initiative-specific Criteria

All 2022 Institutional Hiring Plan (IHP) proposals must follow the IHP process and use the IHP template located here. In addition to the criteria outlined on the IHP page, proposals that are tied to the Provost’s Strategic Initiative on Environment must describe how the search will contribute to the development and success of that specific initiative, referring to the appropriate linked Initiative-specific criteria outlined below.


IHP proposals related to the Environment Initiative (EI) will be most successful when they (1) build from and advance the EI Guiding Principles and (2) connect directly with one or more Research Nodes identified by the UO community during the 2020-2021 academic year, as explained in the EI Campus Engagement Report found here, and (3) recognize that the 2021-22 IHP represents the first step in a three-year hiring plan focused on the Environment Initiative.

A percentage of teaching and service (typically 50% of each) for an approved hire linked to the Environment Initiative will be assigned to that Initiative. Thus, the school or college proposing the hire should expect a teaching and service contribution net of the teaching and service assigned to the Initiative.

EI Guiding Principles

With our Environment Initiative we strive to be:

  • Multi-disciplinary and innovative in building opportunities for teaching, research, and service centered around climate solutions and environment related topics;
  • Policy-relevant, data-driven, evidence based, applied, translational, and responsive to the urgency of our environmental challenges;
  • Rooted and focused on issues of equality, equity, and social and environmental justice in which we add and amplify voices in the conversation, including work directly with or within diverse communities, including Indigenous, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and other communities;
  • Relevant and responsive to the needs of local communities, tribal nations, the state, the eco-region and beyond; and/or
  • Tied to direct student outcomes, experiential learning offerings, and new ways of thinking about professional pathways for a changing world.

Environment Initiative Research Nodes

With the urgency created by the impacts of climate change and the need for environmental justice woven throughout, the following areas of emphasis that represent strong research and student interest at the UO emerged from the campus engagement process:

  • Environmental Hazards and Landscape Resilience
  • Energy and Decarbonization 
  • Water Futures and Community Restoration
  • Ecology, Systems and the Designed Environment
  • Social Change through Environmental Education and Communication
  • Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and Sovereignty
  • Natural Climate Solutions, Restoration and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Entrepreneurship and Circular Economies

IHP Evaluation Criteria

To advance the mission of the Environment Initiative, we are seeking to hire:

  • Scholars whose research and teaching reflect the Guiding Principles above.
  • Scholars whose work integrates issues of environmental and social justice through lived experience, community engagement, and/or scholarship.
  • Scholars whose work relates to one or more research nodes listed above.
  • Scholars who seek to build bridges and span boundaries who demonstrate potential for fruitful collaborations, for building relationships, and for working successfully across disciplines, cultures, and communities.
  • Scholars who are interested in problem-centered methodologies and research models. 

These criteria were developed by the Environment Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee, which will provide input to the Provost during the review of IHP proposals related to this Initiative.