Assistant or Associate Professor position in Forest Policy – Oregon State University

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (FERM) at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Forest Policy. The incumbent will be supported through the Endowed Program in Forest Policy, which also may provide summer salary, support for graduate students through assistantships and tuition, salary for post-doctoral research associate(s), field supplies and equipment, travel, and communication and outreach activities. Rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The incumbent will complement and enhance the Department’s reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and public education and outreach. As a critical member of the forest management faculty, the successful candidate will be responsible for delivering quality instruction and helping to maintain accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for the Forest Management and Forest Engineering undergraduate degree programs. The incumbent’s research will contribute to the Department’s focal areas of sustainable forest management with an emphasis on state, federal, and international policy, laws, and regulations affecting management of forest resources. A particular emphasis of the Endowed Program in Forest Policy is advancing forest ecosystem health through effective study, interpretation, forecasting, and analysis of relevant policy decisions and land management options. The incumbent will teach relevant courses in Forest and Natural Resources Policy in the forestry curriculum. Oregon State University operates on the Quarter System, with three regular 10 week terms in Fall, Winter, and Spring, plus summer terms.

Position Duties:
40% – Instruction: Teach up to three courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of forest and natural resource policy and law. Subsequent teaching assignments may be adjusted as the Department’s needs evolve. Serve as a graduate advisor for 2-4 students.
50% – Research: Participate as a member of the Department’s Area of Concentration in Forest Economics & Policy; manage and maintain an externally-funded research program (the acquisition of extramural funding is essential to the success of this position); direct the Endowed Program in Forest Policy; synthesize and communicate research results to the scientific and forest management communities through appropriate outlets including refereed journals, scientific and professional meetings, continuing education programs, web products; recruit and supervise graduate students at the M.F., M.S., M.N.R. and Ph.D. levels.
10% – Service: Serve on 2-4 permanent or ad hoc committees during each academic year, contribute to curriculum development and provide other Departmental, College, University, and/or professional service as needed. Serve as the College’s representative to the National Boone and Crockett Foundation.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. PhD in policy, forest policy, forestry, or other related natural resources field.
2. Evidence of experience in the areas of university-level teaching, research and scholarly work, competitively-funded grant writing, and professional service at a level of performance that meets the Oregon State University (OSU) criteria for appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of forest and natural resource policy in a commercial, industrial, agency, non-profit, or academic setting.
4. Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills enabling collaboration with a broad spectrum of students, teachers, researchers, and natural resource professionals.
5. A demonstrable commitment to educational equity in a multicultural setting and to advancing the participation of diverse groups and supporting diverse perspectives on sustainable forest management.
6. This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Demonstrated commitment to advancing professionalism in forestry.
2. Demonstrated experience in forest and natural resource policy arenas, including federal or state legislative arenas, or collaborative community settings.
3. Understanding of the impact of contemporary policy issues, including carbon markets, forest restoration related to disturbance regimes, characterizing tradeoffs and synergies between management and conservation, and/or water quality in relation to active forest management.

To apply: To view the posting and apply, go to and search for Posting #P02930UF. Posting closes May 18, 2019. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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