Faculty Position in Urban Forestry; University of Delaware

Applications are invited for the position of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Urban Forestry.  This is a full-time, tenure track, 9 month (academic year) position within the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences that reports to the department Chair. This position complements and enhances the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and will be expected to collaborate synergistically with others within the College. The successful candidate should have a strong background and expertise in ecosystem services and a broad and integrating perspective of the principles of urban forest sustainability.  Possible areas of professional expertise can include knowledge of urban forest issues and solving ecosystem management problems under current and future urban environments, which potentially involve the impact of insects, diseases, soils, natural disturbances and damaging weather phenomena, tree mortality mitigation, species selection, and induced stress from human activities. Of additional relevance and applicability to this position is a keen awareness of, and possible
expertise in, the impact of pollution, canopy effects, heat islands, watershed management, and climate change as related to the response and condition of the urban forest.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in urban forestry or a related discipline. Rank is contingent upon
experience and qualifications and exceptional early career scientists are welcome to apply for the Assistant Professor level. Demonstrated evidence of emerging status as a regional or national authority is also desirable. Excellent written, oral communication, and presentation skills utilizing traditional and digital formats are required, and prior evidence should be referenced or provided.


  • 55% research with applied emphasis. Responsible for attracting and directing graduate students, obtaining external funding, and publishing in both peer-reviewed journals and other publications with industry-related audiences. Applicants should provide prior evidence of these scholarly activities through a growing record of demonstrated success. Responsible for collaborating with diverse groups within and outside of the University and the state of Delaware, including colleagues, local communities and municipalities, state and federal agencies, and related non-profit and/or private sector entities.
  • 40% teaching. Responsible for a minimum of 1 upper and 1 lower division undergraduate course/year that will teach principles of urban forestry and urban ecology that include elements of soil science, best practices within planned/designed landscapes, and sustainability principles. Additional teaching at the graduate level is welcome within the candidate’s area of expertise. Applicants should provide prior evidence of an enthusiastic approach to teaching through publication, peer evaluation, personal recognition, and/or projects that have engaged students.
  • 5% Service.  The successful candidate will also participate in academic committees and professional society affairs.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document online and forward their Curriculum Vitae, the names and email addresses of five (5) personal references, and a cover letter of stated interest in this position that includes an indication of teaching interests to:

Robert E. Lyons, Professor and Director
Chair, Landscape Horticulture Search Committee
c/o Ms. Sue Biddle
University of Delaware
531 South College Avenue, 126 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19717-1303
Email: sbiddle@udel.edu

Review of applications begins July 1, 2013 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The Curriculum Vitae and letters of reference (when requested)
will be shared with departmental faculty.

The University of Delaware is located on an attractive campus in Newark, Delaware, roughly an hour from Philadelphia and Baltimore, and just over two hours from New York City and Washington, D.C. The University of Delaware is a well-endowed, state-assisted institution with selective admissions and a student body of more than 17,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is also surrounded by the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens and affiliated
research farms.
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University of Delaware is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the U.S. It is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, Urban-Grant & Space-Grant institution.

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