Assistant/Associate Professor in Forest Landscape Management

University of Maine in Maine

Deadline February 16, 2014
Date Posted December 16, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Assistant/Associate Professor in

Forest Landscape Management

School of Forest Resources

University of Maine

Orono

 

The School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, is seeking an academic-year, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to teach and conduct research in the field of forest landscape management, a core mission of our SAF-accredited professional curricula at Maines Land Grant University.  Rank at appointment commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Our expectations are (1) a skilled teacher who can integrate traditional principles of commodity production with contemporary issues such as ecosystem services, climate change, forest certification, and natural disturbances, and (2) a scientist who can lead empirical and model-based research involving large-scale natural and social phenomena in forested landscapes for our stakeholders and scientific community.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  This is an academic-year, tenure-track position with responsibilities of 40% teaching and 60% research.

 

Teaching:  Responsibilities include the core undergraduate course in Forest Landscape Management & Planning (SFR 477; taught annually), and a graduate and/or upper division course in the candidates field of expertise which contributes to the Schools advanced scientific and professional coursework (taught alternate years).  SFR 477 is designed to synthesize concepts covered in prior curricula with the goal of imparting the analytical and decision-making skills needed to manage forests under diverse objectives.  Participation in Field Practice in Forest Resources (SFR300) and Senior Capstone (SFR492) is also expected.

Research:  The successful candidate will develop an externally funded and nationally recognized research program in their specialty.  The ideal candidate will develop and lead a focused program to examine alternative management and policy options for Maines forests, by creating or adapting models of forest landscape dynamics that balance both commodity outputs and ecosystem services.  Opportunities abound for leading creative, collaborative projects that build on the School of Forest Resources strengths in stand-level forest science, disturbance ecology, biometrics, and social sciences.

 

As the States Land Grant University, service and outreach to the regions stakeholders is also expected.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must have an earned Doctorate by date of hire.  Candidates who believe they can meet our expectations are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of their academic background.  A degree from a forest resources program is a strong asset.  As with any academic position, candidates with demonstrated ability or strong potential to obtain extramural research funding, publish in leading peer-reviewed journals, participate in interdisciplinary collaborations, and deliver effective classroom instruction will be rated highly. A proven ability to communicate effectively with students and professional colleagues is essential. 

 

BACKGROUND: The University of Maine is a Land Grant and Sea Grant university. The School of Forest Resources awards Bachelor of Science degrees in Forestry; Bioproducts and Bioenergy; and Parks, Recreation & Tourism; as well as Master of Science, Master of Forestry, and Doctoral degrees in Forest Resources.  Detailed information about the programs and faculty is available at www.forest.umaine.edu. The School is closely aligned with a Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (http://www.crsf.umaine.edu). The School also manages 13,000 acres of forestland, including the 4,000-acre Penobscot Experimental Forest jointly managed with the USFS Northern Research Station.

 

The University of Maine is located in Orono, a small college town bounded by the Stillwater and Penobscot Rivers. The campus is just eight miles north of Bangor, one of the largest cities in Maine, and serves as the commercial and medical hub for northern Maine. The Bangor Region is centrally located in the state, providing nearby access to mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, major parks (Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park), and the Atlantic coast. Orono is a 4-hour drive from Boston, 4.5 hours from Quebec City, and 45 minutes from Bar Harbor. The School of Forest Resources is the intellectual center of forest science and policy in Maine, a State dominated by diverse privately owned forests and forest owners, and is a leading center of excellence on the flagship campus.

 

APPLICATION: To apply, submit an application letter with specific information about disciplinary focus, professional activities and other information relevant to meeting position qualifications, including curriculum vitae; academic transcripts; names, addresses & telephone numbers of three references; copies of research publications and course teaching evaluations (if available) to:

 

Dr. Robert S. Seymour, Selection Committee Chair

School of Forest Resources

5755 Nutting Hall

University of Maine

Orono, ME 04469-5755

Phone: (207) 944-9534; FAX (207) 581-2875

rseymour@maine.edu

 

Incomplete applications cannot be considered.  Appropriate background checks also will be required.  Review of applications will begin February 16, 2014 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.  The starting date for this position can be as soon as July 1, 2014, or later if circumstances require.

View full job posting at http://jobs.umaine.edu/blog/2013/12/17/assistantassociate-professor-in-forest-landscape-management/

 

The University of Maine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.