TWO ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITIONS – Colorado State University

TWO ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITIONS

POSITIONS: Colorado State University is seeking applications and nominations for two nine-month, tenure track
faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in 1) Applied Forest Ecology / Silviculture, and 2)
Rangeland Ecology and Management. Applications from those interested in developing and applying ecological
science to inform the management of forests, woodlands, shrublands or grasslands are especially encouraged to apply.
Individuals with interest and expertise in areas such as adaptive management, restoration, vegetation structure,
community assembly and/or herbivory would complement the existing faculty expertise and interests in our
department and the Warner College of Natural Resources. We seek scholars who will develop an internationally
recognized, innovative, independent, and extramurally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate
students. We expect the incumbents to exhibit leadership in, and passion for, undergraduate and graduate teaching,
student mentoring, and curriculum development in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department. Applicants
should clearly demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the department, college, and the university.

BACKGROUND: The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is an
interdisciplinary academic program uniquely poised to advance education, research, and outreach in applied forest and
rangeland ecology. Existing programs of emphasis in the department include forest and rangeland ecology, natural
resource management, fire science, vegetation measurement and biometry, policy and planning, and restoration
ecology. The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship is housed within the Warner College of Natural
Resources, which is home to five academic departments and several centers and institutes such as the Colorado Forest
Restoration Institute, the Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, the Center for Environmental
Management of Military Lands and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. These programs, institutes and centers
provide a foundation for research, education and outreach. Linkages across departments and colleges, and with federal
and state land managers and research centers, form a broader interdisciplinary foundation for increased impact. Strong
relationships and partnerships with local, state and federal agencies foster significant applied research opportunities
for the successful candidates. We expect the incumbents to foster opportunities for our students to become future
leaders in the stewardship of forests and rangelands throughout the world.

APPLIED FOREST ECOLOGY / SILVICULTURE
Context: Adaptive forest management and forest restoration practices are needed to prepare forest ecosystems for
grand challenges including climate change impacts and the effects of intensifying forest disturbances. Silvicultural
practices are a primary tool for achieving desired forest conditions in the face of these global challenges, requiring
integrative knowledge of forest ecology, silvicultural systems, and societal factors to innovate forest management
practices and technologies. The position is core to the Department and will play a pivotal role in collaborative
research and management needs on both public and private lands. As such, the position requires integration across
biological, technical, social, and administrative disciplines. CSU is positioned to be a global leader in applied forest
ecology, silviculture, adaptive forest management and forest restoration practices, with this position key to bridging
existing faculty in the Warner College of Natural Resources and across the CSU campus.

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach, conduct research, and contribute to the outreach and service of the institution and the professions we serve. In research, we expect the incumbent to
develop an extramurally funded and innovative research program (50%) focused on developing new understandings
of applied forest ecology and silviculture. We also expect development of collaborative relationships with local,
regional and national clients. Teaching responsibilities (40%) include instruction of an undergraduate silviculture
course and other courses that contribute to undergraduate majors in the Department. Teaching will also include a
graduate course in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Service and outreach (10%) are components of the position
and includes service to the department, college, university, academic peers, and profession.
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Qualifications:
Required
1. Earned Ph.D. with disciplinary emphasis in forest ecosystems by the time of appointment.
2. Demonstrated research expertise in applied forest ecology and/or silviculture.
Preferred:
1. Evidence of potential to develop an externally funded research program advancing new knowledge of
applied forest ecology and silviculture.
2. Demonstrated potential to sustain an excellent publication record.
3. Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students.
4. Ability to successfully engage in outreach to managers, landowners, and other relevant stakeholders.
5. Evidence of a commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion.
6. Postdoctoral research experience.

RANGELAND ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
Context: A fundamental ecological understanding of grassland, shrubland and woodland ecosystems is required to
adaptively manage and restore these ecosystems in the face of changing environmental conditions. To meet this
challenge, we seek an innovative individual who will address ecological questions and develop novel strategies to
manage rangeland ecosystems. Grand challenges facing rangeland systems require integration across biophysical and
social science disciplines, and engaged scholarship with diverse stakeholders from government, private and nonprofit
sectors. The person filling this position would also contribute significantly to the growing restoration ecology
emphasis in the department. Colorado State University is uniquely poised to make increased contributions in
rangeland and applied grassland ecology with complementary growth in restoration ecology. Other potential areas
of emphasis include ecological interactions of fire and grazing and their conservation implications, climate-adaptive
and regenerative management of working landscapes, and Indigenous ecological knowledge and stewardship.
Duties and Responsibilities: The position will entail 50% Research; 30% Teaching; and 20% Extension,
Engagement, Outreach and Service. We seek someone who will develop a successful, innovative, independent and
extramurally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will
work with diverse stakeholders potentially including federal, state, and local agencies, tribes, NGOs, landowner and
producer organizations and CSU Extension to identify research needs, co-produce and deliver current research to
rangeland managers and landowners. The successful candidate will contribute to undergraduate and graduate
teaching and curriculum development in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department.

Qualifications:
Required
1. Earned Ph.D. with disciplinary emphasis in the ecology or management of rangeland systems by the time
of appointment.
2. Demonstrated research expertise in applied ecology/management of grasslands, shrublands or
woodlands ecosystems.
Preferred:
1. Evidence of potential to develop a funded research program advancing new knowledge of rangeland
ecology and management.
2. Demonstrated potential to sustain an excellent publication record.
3. Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students.
4. Ability to successfully engage in outreach to managers, landowners, and other relevant stakeholders.
5. Evidence of a commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion.
6. Postdoctoral research experience.

SALARIES: Commensurate with education and experience.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: August 2020
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APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Silviculture Position: To apply and view a full position announcement please visit:
http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/72175 by December 15, 2019 for full consideration. CSU is an EO/EA/AA
employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Rangeland Position: To apply and view a full position announcement please visit:
http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/72220 by December 15, 2019 for full consideration. CSU is an EO/EA/AA
employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

After notifying semifinalist candidates, application materials of the semifinalists, including letters of reference, will be
made available for review by the faculty of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. References will not
be contacted without prior notification to candidates. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are
expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Questions concerning positions contact:
Silviculture Search Committee Chair: Mark.Paschke@colostate.edu
Rangeland Search Committee Chair: Troy.Ocheltree@colostate.edu

UNIVERSITY AND LOCAL COMMUNITY
Colorado State University, a prestigious Very High Research Activity Carnegie Doctoral University, was established
in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. Nationally, CSU is
a Carnegie Engaged University (2008, 2014), is a member of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, and is an
APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University (2016). CSU enrolls approximately 33,000 undergraduate,
graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty
and staff. Colorado State University is located 60 miles north of Denver in the beautiful city of Fort Collins situated
on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Fort Collins
is an active and progressive community. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great
advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort
Collins residents enjoy pleasant weather year-round. Indoor and outdoor activities are enjoyable in every season.
Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents
the very best of Colorado with top award rankings from Forbes for Best Place for Business/Careers, Gallup Well
Being Index for Healthiest Mid-Size City in America, CBS Moneywatch List of Top 10 Best Places to Retire, Outside
Magazine Best Towns in America, among other recognitions: https://www.fcgov.com/visitor/fcfacts.php?ID=6
Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history

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