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Assistant Professor of Forest Resources (Penn State)

Penn State University
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The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure‐track faculty position in forest resources management.  The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level, commensurate with experience, on a 36‐week academic year appointment, with 75% Extension and 25% research responsibilities.    We are seeking an outstanding candidate with one or more degrees in forest resources management or a related field with a demonstrated interest in working with private forest landowners.   Demonstration of research expertise is required in areas such as interaction of human communities and natural resources, and private forest land issues including landowner education, legacy planning, stewardship, wildlife habitat management, forest economics, and forest policy. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong nationally recognized Extension program and to collaborate with Extension educators, faculty, and off‐campus peers with a robust federally‐funded applied research program on forest resource management that supports their extension mission.  Effort will include working with volunteers, woodland owners associations, state and federal agencies, private industry, and other partners.  The Extension program will use high educational standards including appropriate audience evaluation for program enhancement.  The successful candidate will be expected to provide expertise and leadership as an active member of the Extension Renewable Natural Resource Unit, and to engage in extension activities that are consistent with the new Extension Business Model.  This will include using and contributing to all capabilities of the “Atlas Platform” (  The candidate’s research program must address issues relevant to private forest stakeholders, and engage graduate students.  Candidates may contribute to instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and enhance the Department’s existing curricula.  The position will include other faculty‐related activities of service to the department, college and university.


A doctoral degree is required at time of appointment.  Post‐doctoral or academic experience and successful extramural grant writing experience are desired.  The ability to communicate effectively, to provide leadership, to contribute to the land‐grant mission of the University, and to relate to a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders is essential.

How to Apply:

Apply online to job 70072 at  Applications received by May 15 will receive full consideration, though review will continue until the position is filled.   Candidates will need to provide a curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, statements of teaching and research experiences and interests, up to three relevant publications, and a list of references.   Employment will require successful completion of background checks in accordance with University policies.  Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. Questions can be directed to