Assistant Professor / Instructor Fixed‐Term Position Announcement Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University invites applications
for a full‐time, 12 month non‐tenure track Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) or Instructor (M.S.) position
focused on teaching and curriculum development (80‐100%). Opportunities to engage in research
on teaching, or other areas relevant to forestry, will be available to the successful candidate (up to
For this position, we seek candidates who will contribute to the dynamic learning environment in
the Department of Forestry. The successful candidate should have evidence of outstanding teaching
skills in diverse formats, including both large and small classroom settings, lab and field settings, and
on‐line. Preferred candidates will demonstrate experience using innovative approaches to engage
students and to determine, measure, and achieve learning outcomes. The successful candidate will
be expected to teach 5‐8 classes per year, including 5 sections of face‐to‐face and on‐line versions
of Introduction to Forestry (FOR 202) and Michigan’s Forests (FOR 101), for which curricula have
been developed and are available. While the position’s focus is on teaching introductory courses,
the successful candidate may teach and/or develop additional forestry courses, depending on the
candidate’s area of expertise and Department needs. Courses could be taught infield, on‐line, or
face‐to‐face classroom formats. MSU has many mechanisms in place to support innovation in
teaching and curriculum development.
Required qualifications: An earned Ph.D. (for Assistant Professor rank) or an M.S. (for Instructor
rank) in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, or a closely related field. A record of
outstanding teaching, experience in course development, and a strong commitment to student
Desired qualifications: Experience in on‐line and field‐based teaching and disciplinary‐based
education research.

To Apply: For consideration, submit your application online at to job
number 461300. Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes
qualifications for the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) statement of teaching philosophy that
highlights your experience alignment with our desired qualifications (2‐page maximum); d) teaching
portfolio (syllabi, teaching evaluations, examples of teaching activities); e) summary of your
experience supporting diversity in the classroom and / or in your research endeavors, experience
mentoring students, especially from underrepresented groups, and a description of how you will
contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence; and f) contact information for three professional
references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Application deadline: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2017,
and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. The position is targeted to begin on January 1,
2018. The position is expected to continue to be renewed annually for at least three years,
contingent upon successful performance and continued funding. Questions regarding this position
can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Prof. David W. MacFarlane, Director of
Undergraduate Studies & Forest Measurements and Modeling Laboratory, Department of Forestry,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA, phone: 1‐517‐355‐2399,

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