Assistant or Associate Professor in Silviculture – University of Maine

The School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine seeks a collaborative colleague to
join our faculty as an Assistant or Associate Professor in Silviculture. Forests dominate 90% of
Maine’s landscape and play a critical role in its economy, through forest products, nature-based
tourism, and ecosystem services. Maine’s forest products economy is in transition, with changes
in land ownership and markets; forest structures and disturbance regimes are also evolving in
response to introduced pests and a novel climate. Creative silvicultural systems that are sound
and economically practical, focusing on private lands of diverse, mixed-species forests
managed largely with natural regeneration, are essential to sustaining forest productivity for all

Academic and Professional Qualifications:
1. Research interests centered on silviculture and applications of silviculture to address the
ecological challenges facing Maine’s forests such as timber production, rehabilitation,
natural regeneration, natural disturbances, forest health, changing climates, and
changing forest product markets is desirable.
2. A Ph.D. in silviculture or closely related field at the time of appointment is required.
3. A background in silviculture is required.
4. A record or ability to publish silviculture research in peer reviewed journals is required.
5. A record or ability to secure funding for silviculture research is required.
6. An interest and ability to effectively teach silviculture and other core courses in the
forestry curriculum such as senior capstone and the May Term field camp is required.
7. The ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders ranging from large commercial
forest managers to consulting foresters working with small woodland owners is required.
8. A background in quantitative and integrative approaches to silviculture is desirable.
9. Experience in silvicultural applications to mixed-species, multi-aged forests for multiple
objectives is desirable.

1. 50% Research / 50% Teaching
2. Teaching expectations at the 50% level involve teaching 9 credits per academic year,
which may include:
a. teaching an upper-level course in silviculture, with lecture and field laboratory, for
SAF accredited undergraduate and graduate programs,
b. other core courses in the forestry program, and/or
c. senior level/graduate courses in silviculture or related topics.
3. Advising undergraduate and graduate students.
4. Research expectations include developing extramurally funded, internationally
recognized, silvicultural research program and collaborating with scientists and
educators in forest resources and related disciplines.
5. Engaging in service and leadership opportunities with landowners, foresters, Society of
American Foresters, USDA Forest Service, state agencies, and NGOs.
Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Qualified
applicants will also be considered for the Henry W. Saunders Distinguished Professor in
Forestry Chair or Curtis Hutchins Chair in Quantitative Silviculture. Information about the
University of Maine’s benefits package can be found at:

Application: Must include a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, research statement, unofficial
transcripts, and list of up to five references. Please use the Hire Touch system to upload
application materials:
Deadline: Review of applications to begin January 15th, 2018.
Direct questions to:
Dr. Jessica Leahy, Silviculture Search Committee Chair
207-581-2834 or

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