Forest Health Professor (Assistant/Associate/Full)

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 12
Contact Name For Further Info: 
Sarah Bisbing
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 ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR OF SILVICULTURE & FOREST HEALTH. Two full-time, academic year, tenure-track positions in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department (NRES) within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Starting date is negotiable but preferred start date is January 9, 2017. Cal Poly has a tradition of excellence in teaching and our motto is "Learn by Doing." The ideal candidates will possess expertise primarily in: (1) silviculture, or (2) forest health specific to biotic disturbances. In addition, the candidates should have education and/or experience in forest management practices and operations related to these disciplines. Appropriate areas of expertise include: forest ecology, silviculture, forest pathology & entomology. The successful candidates will primarily teach undergraduate courses in introduction to forest ecosystem management, dendrology, ecology & habitat management, silviculture, forest health, forest practices & environmental protection, sustainable forest management, and ecosystem management, as well as related graduate courses. In addition to teaching, successful candidates are expected to pursue research and professional activities in collaboration with related disciplines. He/she will advise and involve undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on-learning activities and research. One of the candidates may serve as liaison between the NRES Department and the Director of Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch school forest in Santa Cruz County. Also, one or both of the successful candidates may collaborate with the Department of Biological Sciences as administrator of the Wildlife Biology concentration. Additional expectations include supervision of graduate and senior project students, student and club advising, participation in Future Farmers of America (FFA) forestry judging state finals, teaching courses in a Master's of Professional Studies, certificate programs, and team teaching assignments. Service activities will include participation on department, college, and university committees and instructionally related activities. Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills: Doctorate degree in Forestry, Forest Ecology, Forest Pathology, Physiology or Entomology, or related field by start date. California Polytechnic State University | San Luis Obispo | CA | 93407-0259 Must demonstrate excellence in teaching, effective communication, and interpersonal skills. The ability to be a productive team player and to interact well with peers, students, industry, government agencies, and the general public is essential. Must demonstrate commitment to diversity. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interests in undergraduate and graduate teaching are required. Candidates must also demonstrate an ability to initiate, complete, secure external funding for, and publish research. Preferred Qualifications / Skills: Preference will be given to candidates with operational experience and a record of excellence in teaching and research (commensurate with time since degree), as well as ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates who have international experience or the desire to cultivate international links, as well as experience with on-line course development are preferred.