Tenure-Track Professor Position: Forest Disturbance Ecology, California Polytechnic State University

Assistant/Associate Professor of Forest Disturbance Ecology:

Full-time, academic-year, tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor position within the Natural Resources Mgmt and Environmental Sciences (NRES) Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Start date of January 5, 2015 (possibility of September 14, 2015). This position is a full-time teaching appointment with expectation for professional development through research and collaboration. Rank and salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The ideal candidate will possess broad expertise in areas of forest health, disturbance ecology, silviculture, and forest management. Primary area of specialization must be in forest pathology and entomology, but additional areas of expertise may include: disease-insect-plant relationships in forested ecosystems, disturbance interactions between outbreaks and wildland fire, and silvicultural treatment to address forest health and restoration. Teaching and research should address current and emerging threats to forest ecosystem health, including climate change and large-scale disturbance. The successful candidate will primarily teach undergraduate and graduate courses in forest health, dendrology, and fire ecology. Dependent on area of expertise, other teaching opportunities may include: silviculture, wood products, ecology, ecosystem management, and courses to support our Wildland Fire & Fuels Management program.

He/she will advise and involve undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on-learning activities and research. The successful candidate is expected to participate in scholarly activities (i.e., research, publishing, grant writing) in collaboration with related disciplines. Additional expectations include supervision of graduate students, senior project students, and team teaching assignments, student advising, teaching graduate level courses and/or in a Master of Professional Studies or certificate program. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interests n undergraduate and graduate teaching are required.

Requirements: Doctorate degree in Forestry, Plant Pathology & Entomology, Ecology (with forest disturbance specialization), or related field by the starting date required, with one degree in forestry preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in forest management and with a record of excellence in teaching and research (commensurate with time since degree), as well as ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students

To Apply: Visit the CalPoly jobs site and complete a required online faculty application. Apply to requisition #103294. Please attach to application, a letter of interest, teaching philosophy, resume/curriculum vitae and unofficial transcripts. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing your application.

Deadline: This position is Open Until Filled, Review Begin Date 09-15-2014. Selected candidate will be required to submit sealed official transcripts of highest degree.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. EEO.

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