Assistant Professor, Human Dimensions in Natural Resources – Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Description: The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is seeking an assistant professor of human dimensions in natural resources with interest in the science of natural resource communication emphasizing topics including global change, water, invasive plant and animal species, ecosystem health, alternative markets for timber and non-timber resources, human/wildlife interactions, natural resources policy or conservation leadership. The successful candidate will contribute to instruction at the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy levels, in his or her specific area(s) of expertise. This first includes teaching the Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) introductory course. Additional instructional responsibilities will include teaching courses in undergraduate outdoor recreation and natural resources interpretation and in the online Master of Science in Resource Communications program. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop courses in his or her area(s) of expertise with special focus on topics such as environmental interpretation, public understanding of science, park and protected area management, and the social and behavioral dimensions of sustainable natural resources management.

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is committed to conducting original and applied natural and social science research. The successful candidate will be expected to develop empirical, social scientific research focused on communication and informal education processes, techniques and evaluation. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in outreach and service to the college, the university, the profession, and the citizens of Texas. We seek colleagues who through teaching, research, and service will help to advance the field, collaborating with peers within the college and elsewhere, while actively recruiting undergraduate and graduate students.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree, completed or ABD by the date of hire, in forestry, natural resources, human dimensions, environmental education or a closely related field. At least one degree (B.S., M.S. or Ph.D.) in forestry or natural resources is required, with a BS in forestry preferred. Candidates should demonstrate: (1) strong willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams as well as the ability to integrate knowledge from multiple academic domains; (2) a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and student professional development with an emphasis on the scholarship of teaching and learning, in addition to an interest in or, preferably, experience with distance education and technology-assisted learning; (3) evidence of ability to secure grants and develop and manage a competitive research program; and (4) a publication record, including publications in refereed journals. Application: For full consideration, please submit online at by August 15, 2019: (1) Cover Letter: a letter of application to include a summary of academic training, professional experience, qualifications, and teaching and research interests related to the position, (2) Transcripts of all college or university work, (3) Curriculum Vitae, (4) List of References: names and complete contact information (including phone and email addresses) of three references, and (5) Teaching and Research Philosophy: statements of teaching and research philosophies and career objectives.

All application materials must be submitted online. Applications will not be considered complete until all documents have been received. Official transcripts will be required prior to on campus interview.

Community, University, and College: Stephen F. Austin State University is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, a community of about 33,000 located in the center of the East Texas Pineywoods region. The university is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. University enrollment is currently about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students can choose from 80-degree programs, including 120 areas of study, offered by six colleges. Graduate students can earn degrees from 40 master and three doctoral programs.
The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture enrolls about 800 undergraduate and graduate students earning degrees in forestry, environmental science, spatial science, and agriculture. The forestry program offers degrees at the bachelor, master, and doctoral level. Environmental science and agriculture offer bachelor and master degrees. The spatial science program offers a bachelor degree and a master-of-science degree with a spatial science concentration. The undergraduate forestry program (B.S.F. degree) is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Current enrollment is about 305 B.S.F. students majoring in forest management, wildlife management, recreation management, urban forestry, and fire management. The forestry graduate program enrolls about 35 master-of-science and doctoral students. The campus is situated near 12 million acres of family forests, industry forests and four national forests. The campus is also located near some of the largest, fastest growing urban areas in the U. S. including Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Tyler-Longview-Marshall. This unique combination of rural and urban forests, along with their urban-wildland-interface, creates an excellent opportunity to contribute to enhancing people’s understanding of natural resource management issues through the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and service.

For More Information Contact:
Dr. Matthew McBroom, Associate Dean and Chair, Faculty Search Committee
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
P. O. Box 6109
419 East College Street
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6109
Phone: 936-468-2313
Fax: 936-468-2489

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