UT Austin - Planet Texas 2050 Program Director position
The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, United States
Start reviewing process: 5 May 2021

The University of Texas at Austin seeks a new program director (PD) for the Bridging Barriers Research Grand Challenge Planet Texas 2050. Please note that this hire is expected to be based in Austin.

More info:
The PD will report to the Office of the Vice President for Research. The PD will facilitate and support the Planet Texas 2050 Research Grand Challenge leadership team in maintaining a program-wide vision and strategic direction; develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with groups inside and outside the university strategically positioning Planet Texas 2050 to meet its defined goals; support and drive thought leadership by facilitating the development of scholarly outputs, convenings, and communications and thoughtful assessment of outcomes and impact; coordinate and liaise with financing and fundraising activities, including speaking and supporting faculty in preparing presentations for donor stewardship and cultivation.

Some of the preferred qualifications include: (1) clearly demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice, especially as related to equitable response to social and environmental challenges; (2) demonstrated experience and passion for applied transdisciplinary efforts and interdisciplinary research that breaks down academic siloes; and (3) a passion for building and nurturing networks, coalitions, or communities of practice that encompass a range of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds.

You may find more information about Planet Texas 2050 on our website (, on our blog (, and in our recent annual report (

Planet Texas 2050 Program Director

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PAOLA PASSALACQUA, Associate Professor
Leland Barclay Fellowship in Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Dept. of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Center for Water and the Environment

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group
  • Cyberinformatics and Numerics Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Critical Zone Focus Research Group
  • Geodynamics Focus Research Group
  • Coastal Vulnerability Initiative