Goddard Endowed Chair – Pennsylvania State University

Maurice K. Goddard Endowed Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation (tenure track)

Responsibilities: The College of Agricultural Sciences seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor to fill the Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation.  The Goddard Chair provides leadership in natural resource conservation through research (50%), teaching (25%) and extension (outreach)(25%). The Goddard Chair should have an internationally recognized research program in fields related to forests and/or environmental resources, with a strong track record of extramural funding. The Chair is expected to foster multidisciplinary interactions across the College and the University through various institutes including the College of Agricultural Sciences Environmental and Natural Resources Institute. Consistent with the intent of the endowment, it is expected that the Chair will engage in Extension, including giving valuable and balanced advice to business, industry, local communities, and organizations in addition to state and federal governments.

The Chair is expected to cultivate the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students who are studying environmental issues, and lead in conducting scholarship related to natural resource conservation and environmental policy. Besides an undergraduate course related to natural resource conservation and policy, the Chair is also expected to teach a graduate class in his/her area of expertise.

The candidate’s expertise and research program should enable the candidate to actively engage in environmental and natural resource issues of high contemporary priority to society.  Successful candidates should articulate ways in which they advised policy processes and decisions on natural resource issues with emphasis on the role of research in assessing solutions.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. is required by the date of application in one of a broad range of professional disciplines related to natural resources policy including, but not limited to, agriculture, biology, forestry, wildlife, fisheries, and soil science.  Communication, creative leadership, congeniality, and the ability to work cooperatively among a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, industry and agency groups is essential in our Department and University.

The holder of the Chair should have a distinguished record of accomplishments in natural resources research that informs policy.   The candidate must possess a demonstrable ability to lead and inspire commitment on the broadest possible scale.  The successful candidate will be appointed in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agricultural Sciences. The appointment is available with a negotiable starting date.

Facilities: Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. Penn State encourages applications from members of these groups. Penn State is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. All Penn State faculty are expected to comply with relevant policies, maintain high ethical standards, and participate in professional service and/or outreach.

The Goddard Chair can take advantage of the extensive research and outreach infrastructures available at Penn State, one of the top-ranked research universities in the country.  Resources include land holdings of more than 9000 acres of forestland within 30 minutes of the main campus and a new forest resources building with modern labs and classrooms to facilitate teaching and research. Multiple Centers and Institutes at the University offer numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and utilization of shared facilities.  Central Pennsylvania offers thriving communities with a reasonable cost of living, excellent schools and health care systems and numerous recreational, arts and entertainment opportunities. The area offers beautiful mountains, streams and parks, as well as superb sports and recreational opportunities. State College and the surrounding communities are home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students.

Applications:  Interested individuals are invited to apply at https://psu.jobs/job/91036.  For further information, contact Michael Jacobson, Search Committee Chair (mgj2@psu.edu, 814-865-3994).  Application materials requested are: cover letter, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, a statement which addresses past experiences including past experience informing land managers, industrial leaders and policy makers, CV, up to three reprints, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and names and contact information for three individuals who can provide references. A PhD is required at the time of application.  Applications will be reviewed beginning Nov. 15, 2019, and the search will continue until the position is filled.

 

 

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