Assistant/Associate Professor – Hardwood Silviculture-Mississippi State University

Position: This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Forestry, College of Forest Resources, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Mississippi State University

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Forestry or a closely related field such as Natural Resources, with an emphasis on forestry and specialization in hardwood silviculture and ecology.  All but dissertation (ABD) applicants will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications: Desired area of expertise includes, but is not limited to, hardwood silviculture and a working knowledge of hardwood forests and wildlife interactions. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge/experience of appropriate silvicultural techniques and management for both bottomland and upland hardwood forest ecosystems.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to initially teach current cataloged silviculture courses and other related forestry courses. It is also expected that over a period of time the selected candidate will develop innovative silviculture/ecology courses in the area of the candidate’s expertise. Additional responsibilities will include participation in the Department’s teaching program, research, mentoring graduate students, advising undergraduate students, and service activities.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program and utilize the new multi-million dollar greenhouse complex now in development.  Opportunities exist for research collaboration with the USDA Forest Service’s Center for Bottomland Hardwood Research located at Stoneville, MS, as well as other federal agencies, state agencies, forest industry, resource managers, and private landowners.

Rank and Salary: Tenure-track or tenured, full-time, 9-month appointment. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Forestry: The Department of Forestry is one of three departments in the College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Departmental activities include undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and extension programs in forestry and natural resources. The Department has excellent facilities in Thompson Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University.  A new multi-million dollar greenhouse complex dedicated to forestry is now in the construction phase and will provide multiple environments for a variety of studies. The MSU John W. Starr Memorial Forest, an 8,244-acre research and teaching forest, and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and Tombigbee National Forest are near the university and are used for teaching and research activities.

Mississippi State University is a Carnegie High Research Activity institution and a land grant university which includes the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The university is located in Starkville, a beautiful college town in northeast Mississippi (

Application Procedure:  Screening of applicants will begin September 16, 2019 and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Applications must be made through the Mississippi State University Employment opportunities website via the link (PARF Number 499158). Applicants should also send (in a single pdf) a letter of application, curriculum vita, copies of transcripts (for all degrees), a brief statement of research and teaching interests, and complete contact information for three professional references to:

Dr. Randall J. Rousseau (

Co-Chair, Hardwood Silviculturist Search Committee

Department of Forestry

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS  39762-9681


Dr. Andrew Brady Self (

Co-Chair, Hardwood Silviculturist Search Committee

Department of Forestry

Mississippi State University

50 E. Pecan St., Ste. B

Grenada, MS 38901


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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