Department Name: 81090:Forestry and Natural Resources
The Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky is currently seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor of Forest Management. This is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment with anticipated starting date on August 1, 2020. Responsibilities include approximately 60% research, and 30% teaching, and 10% service. This position will be instrumental in building a nationally recognized research program, as demonstrated by success in acquiring extramural funding, publication in leading refereed journals, and graduate student recruitment and mentorship. This position will work in an interdisciplinary environment with researchers in related fields, foster collaborative teaching and research opportunities with departmental faculty, and assist in extension and outreach addressing critical forest management issues. Expected teaching responsibilities include courses in forest management within the Department's Bachelor of Science Forestry program and other undergraduate and graduate courses aligned with the successful candidate's area of expertise such as forest measurements, forest operations, human dimensions of forestry, and/or introductory forestry and natural resources courses. Contributions to the interdepartmental undergraduate program in Natural Resources and Environmental Science are expected.
The Department of Forestry is one of fourteen academic departments in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Departmental activities include undergraduate instruction in forestry and natural resources, graduate instruction in forestry, research, and Cooperative Extension Service programs. The Department has a range of forestry and natural resource research emphasis areas including forest health and ecological restoration, forest hydrology and watershed management, landscape and spatial ecology, natural resource policy and economics, silviculture and forest operations, urban ecology, and wildlife ecology and conservation biology. The candidate will have the opportunity to play a significant role within the Forest Health Research and Education Center, www.foresthealthcenter.org, a partnership between the University of Kentucky, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, and Kentucky Division of Forestry. The Department has significant off-campus resources available to support its mission including the nationally recognized Wood Utilization Center and Robinson Forest, both located at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in eastern Kentucky. For more information about the Department of Forestry and the University of Kentucky, see www.ca.uky.edu/forestry and www.uky.edu. For information about living in Lexington, see www.lexingtonky.gov.
Applications will be reviewed beginning March 9, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. John Lhotka, Search Committee Chair, email@example.com, (859) 257-9701.
Interested applicants should attach the following documents:
Letter of application (upload under Cover Letter)
Statement of research philosophy (upload under Specific Request 1)
Statement of teaching philosophy (upload under Specific Request 2)
Contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit letters from your references within the employment system.
Candidates must have strong analytical skills and possess an interest in collaborative research and instruction relating to diverse forestry and natural resource issues.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Ph.D. degree in forestry, natural resources, or allied fields with a strong academic background in forest management applications.
Required Related Experience:
Demonstrated expertise and ability to conduct research in management applications along the resource supply chain that consider operational, social, and economic drivers of and barriers to sustainability of forestry systems.
Required License/Registration/Certification :
At least one professional forestry degree, including a B.S. or graduate degree, from a Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited program, is preferred. Candidates will also be expected to assist in extension and outreach addressing critical forest management issues; research program must address management applications along the resource supply chain that consider operational, social, and economic drivers of and barriers to sustainability of forestry systems. Particular emphasis on family forest ownerships and forest resource use incorporating both market and non-market resources, including ecosystem services, is preferred.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
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