UGA Forestry Position Announcement – Assistant Professor – Outreach/Extension Silviculture

The Assistant Professor position in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources focused on Outreach/Extension Silviculture is to be located in Tifton, Georgia.  

POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a fiscal year (12-month, 1.0 EFT) tenure-track, 75% outreach and 25% research appointment offered at the rank of Assistant Professor and is stationed at the University of Georgia Campus in Tifton, GA. Individuals with expertise in the broad area of silvicultural issues relevant to southern ecosystems are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will include the development of externally funded applied research and outreach/extension programs that produce relevant, refereed literature and science-based information. The focus area will be in vegetation management, including native and invasive plants, use of prescribed burning, establishment and management of southern pine stands or related topics to the state and region. The successful candidate is expected to establish a regionally/nationally recognized program in applied silviculture. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding, publish research findings in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and widely disseminated extension literature, direct/mentor graduate students, collaborate with faculty and stakeholders, serve on School/University committees, and actively participate in professional /scientific societies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, with at least one degree in forestry, natural resources, or a related field. Applications from individuals with at least one year of experience in developing and implementing education and extension programming are preferred. The successful candidate will provide compelling evidence of, or potential for, extension productivity and should have expertise in outreach or extension education, conducting and reporting applied research, successfully mentoring students, and non-traditional or on-line instruction. The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability and willingness to work closely with Warnell School outreach and research faculty, State and Federal public land management partners, Cooperative Extension Agents, private forest landowners, forestry consultants, natural resource managers and other constituent groups.

THE STATE & UNIVERSITY: Georgia is well-known for its quality of life, both in terms of outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). The state has the most commercial forestland and the largest forest-based economy in the United States. The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a land/sea/space grant institution comprised of 17 schools and colleges. Enrollment is nearly 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Warnell School is a professional school with 64 faculty, 100 support staff, 350 undergraduates, and 195 graduate students (www.warnell.uga.edu). The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the areas of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability. The school has 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching, outreach and research. The Tifton Campus (www.tifton.uga.edu) is a large and dynamic multidisciplinary, multi-agency facility in South Georgia, with strong research, extension, and teaching activities. The campus is home to nearly 100 scientists representing seven UGA departments and several USDA-ARS units. Tifton and Tift County has a population of over 40,000 and is an area leader in education, health care, industry, agriculture, recreation, and the arts (www.tiftonchamber.org).

APPLICATION: To ensure full consideration, please apply by June 8, 2018. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, copies of up to three recent publications, and contact information for three references. Review of complete applications will begin on June 11, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Individuals considered for interviews will be required to submit official college transcripts and three reference letters. University policy requires all candidates to consent to a background investigation (www.hr.uga.edu). Finalists will be required to consent to authorizing the University to conduct a background check. The background investigation will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis. The starting date is negotiable but will be no later than January 1, 2019. All applicants MUST apply online through the University of Georgia Faculty Jobs system (http://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3614). No paper applications will be accepted. For additional information, please contact Dr. David Dickens, Chair, Outreach Silviculture Search Committee (ddickens@uga.edu)

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (facultyjobs@uga.edu).  Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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