Assistant Professor of Forest Economics and Management – University of Tennessee

The Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Forest Economics and Management. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position, with a split appointment of 65% research and 35% teaching, located within the UT Institute of Agriculture on the Knoxville campus, available to start January 2022. We are seeking candidates with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Responsibilities: Duties include engaging in scholarly activities related to instruction and research that generate publications in high quality, refereed journals, and presentations at professional meetings and academic conferences; securing extramural funding and establishing an internationally-recognized research program in forest economics and management; teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of forest economics and management; and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Possible research areas include forest management economics, full-cost accounting and lifecycle analysis of wood products and forest-based biomaterials, modeling economic impacts of forest disturbance (e.g. disease, wildfire, invasive species, climate change), assessing sustainability of forest products markets and trade at multiple scales, assessing the financial performance of climate-smart forestry practices, and economic analysis of ecosystem services and non-timber forest products.

The successful candidate will work with interdisciplinary teams on the economic considerations in conservation and resource management, and be committed to the Land Grant University mission of teaching, research and outreach. In addition to interacting with interdisciplinary faculty within the department, the incumbent will have the opportunity to collaborate with natural resource and environmental economists in the University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Department of Economics, and the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, as well as research foresters and scientists at the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Southern Region Headquarters.

Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in forest economics or related field and at least one degree in forestry. The doctoral degree must be completed prior to the date of employment; those with all but dissertations (ABD) are encouraged to apply.


Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral or faculty experience that includes teaching, advising, and mentoring college students, along with a strong background or interest in international work. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated success in securing extramural funding, and collaborating in current emphasis areas or contributing to emerging research and teaching initiatives at the department and institute level.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching philosophies, copies of transcripts, and full contact information of three professional references, through Interfolio, the university’s faculty online job portal http://apply.interfolio.com/89197. Cover letters may be addressed to Dr. Neelam C. Poudyal, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Review of applications will begin July 31, 2021.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity

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