Assistant Professor, Forested and Disturbed Soils – University of Georgia

POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a 9-month (0.75 EFT), tenure track appointment with 50% EFT research and 25% EFT teaching responsibilities at the Assistant Professor level in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. The selected candidate will be expected to develop a broad research program related to soil management. Research emphases could include forest soils, urban soils, the restoration of disturbed soils such as mined lands, or the soil microbiological implications of land management decisions. The selected applicant will be expected to collaborate with faculty in forestry, urban forestry, and water resources and help grow a recently created area of emphasis in community forestry and arboriculture within the Warnell School as well as continue strong programs in water and forest soil management. The selected candidate will mentor graduate students, serve on School and University committees and actively participate in professional scientific societies. The selected candidate will normally teach three courses each academic year. Required teaching will include a semester-long course “Urban Soil Use and Management” that focuses on tree and water management in the built environment and co-teaching a three-week Maymester course “Community Forestry and Arboriculture Field Practicum.” Other teaching responsibilities will depend on the selected candidate’s interests and areas of expertise.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in soil science, forestry, urban ecology, arboriculture, or related field. The successful candidate will have a strong background in soils, particularly as it applies to growth and management of trees in either managed or unmanaged forests, urban settings, or the restoration of disturbed soils. Demonstrated multidisciplinary collaborative work is preferred with expectations for similar continued efforts with faculty both in Warnell and across the University. Strengths in oral and written communication must be evident and evidence of excellence in teaching is preferred. Evidence of activity in research design, grant development, presentation of results at scientific meetings and publication of results in leading peer-reviewed journals is essential.

THE STATE & UNIVERSITY: Georgia is well-known for its quality of life, both in terms of outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a land/sea/space grant institution comprised of 17 schools and colleges. Athens is a diverse community of approximately 150,000 people located less than 75 miles from Atlanta. UGA enrolls about 38,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Warnell School is a professional school with 64 faculty, 100 support staff, 325 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 & Wildlife, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability. The school manages 23,000 acres of forestland across the state in support of its teaching, outreach, and research missions.

APPLICATION: To ensure full consideration, please apply by March 15, 2019. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work and contact information for three references. Review of complete applications will begin March 16, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Individuals considered for interviews will be required to submit three reference letters to the chair of the search committee, Dr. C. Rhett Jackson (rjackson@warnell.uga.edu). University policy requires all candidates to consent to and authorize a background investigation (www.hr.uga.edu). The background investigation will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis. The starting date is negotiable but will be no later than August 1, 2019. All applicants MUST apply online through the UGAJob system (http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/67966). No paper applications will be accepted. For additional information, please contact Dr. C. Rhett Jackson (rjackson@warnell.uga.edu), chair of the search committee.

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