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Assistant Professor / Instructor

Michigan State University
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
East Lansing
Job Description:

Position description: 

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 12 month non‐tenure track Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) or Instructor (M.S.) position focused on teaching (65‐100%). Opportunities to engage in research on teaching or an area of expertise relevant to forestry will be available to the successful candidate (up to 35%).

We seek candidates who will contribute to the dynamic learning environment in the Department of Forestry. The successful candidate will teach 4‐6 courses during the academic year and 2‐4 courses during the summer session, including: multiple offerings of face‐to‐face or on‐line versions of Introduction to Forestry (FOR 202) and Michigan’s Forests (FOR 101) (for which curricula have been developed and are available) and courses in the candidates’ area of expertise that align with Department needs and learning objectives. The successful candidate should: have evidence of outstanding teaching skills in diverse formats, including both large and small classroom settings, lab and field settings, and on‐line; and demonstrate experience using innovative approaches to engage students and to determine, measure, and achieve learning outcomes. Courses could be taught in field, on‐line, or face‐to‐face classroom formats. MSU has many mechanisms in place to support innovation in teaching and curriculum development.


Required qualifications: 

An earned Ph.D. (for Assistant Professor rank) or an M.S. (for Instructor rank) in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, or a closely related field. A record of outstanding teaching, experience in course development, and a strong commitment to student success.

Desired qualifications: 

Experience in on‐line and field‐based teaching. Research experience in forestry education or other forestry‐relevant research. Expertise in areas of anticipated Department growth, including field technology, data measurements and analysis, arboriculture, climate‐smart forestry, global environmental change, and forestry business competencies.

How to Apply:

For consideration, submit your application online at to job number 727291. Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your experience and alignment with our desired qualifications (2‐page maximum); d) teaching portfolio (syllabi, teaching evaluations, examples of teaching activities); e) summary of your experience supporting diversity in the classroom and / or in your research endeavors, experience mentoring students, especially from underrepresented groups, and a description of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence; and f) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.