The Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation (FEC), at Clemson University is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with a specialization in forest operations and harvesting. The position is a 9-month appointment with responsibilities in teaching, along with research and/or extension (research and extension responsibilities negotiable, based on the expertise and interest of the candidate). The anticipated starting date is January 2018.
Clemson is an R1 Land-Grant university situated in the Piedmont of South Carolina, immediately adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest is contiguous with campus and provides abundant opportunities for research, teaching and extension.
Forests currently occupy 67 percent (13 million acres) of the land area in South Carolina, and the state’s forest industry has an economic impact exceeding 21 billion dollars annually.
This position is critical to supporting our SAF-accredited forestry curriculum. Undergraduate courses that will be taught include Harvesting Processes and Wood Procurement Practices in the Forest Industry. Forest Operations and Forest Products may be taught for additional salary as part of our Forestry Summer Camp program. The candidate may also develop and teach a graduate level course in the area of specialty. Advising of undergraduate students and participation on departmental committees is expected.
The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded research program in the field of forest operations, in areas such as harvesting, wood procurement and forestry best management practices (BMPs), and/or conduct extension activities related to these fields. Areas of emphasis may include, but not be limited to, operations applications in forestry, and business applications in forestry – focusing on issues relevant to forest industry well as non-industrial private landowners. The publication of results in peer-reviewed, high-quality journals and the supervision of graduate students are expected.
Qualifications include a PhD in forest operations/Harvesting, forest engineering, or similar fields, from a program with an SAF accredited undergraduate Forestry program (or equivalent). An undergraduate forestry degree or a Masters of Forestry or Forest Resources from an SAF accredited program is also desirable. Candidates with a strong interest in undergraduate teaching and mentoring are desired. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral research experience, evidence of research productivity, and a demonstrated ability to secure external funding to support an active research program to support the Land Grant mission. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/43845) by September 28, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. Materials for application: 1. Letter of interest 2. CV 3. Contact info for 3 references 4. Statement of teaching experience and philosophy 5. Research statement 6. One-page statement on commitment to diversity 7. Unofficial transcripts.
Position related questions may be directed to:
Donald Hagan, PhD