Assistant/Associate Professor Forest Ecosystem Productivity Extension

Assistant/Associate Professor Forest Ecosystem Productivity Extension

  • Starkville, United States
Assistant/Associate Professor Forest Ecosystem Productivity Extension
Job description

The successful candidate will participate in the Department's statewide forestry Extension and research program in the specialized areas of forest ecosystem productivity and related subjects. Responsibilities include assessing educational needs of various forestry audiences and constituencies along with planning, developing, and implementing educational programs to meet the needs of targeted audiences. Travel related to stakeholder educational programming is expected. Program methods and techniques will include short courses, workshops, field days, participation in professional meetings and conferences, demonstrations, mass media, publications, in-service training, and individual contacts. Audiences and collaborators will include Department of Forestry faculty, landowners, natural resources professionals, public and private organizations, 4-H and youth organizations, and the general public. Evaluating program quality and effectiveness over the short-, intermediate-, and long-term will be an essential duty to ensure accountability and program assessment and improvement.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized Extension Forestry program in forest ecosystem productivity that will involve both applied research and outreach. The candidate will also be expected to seek and obtain extramural funding to sustain their Extension Forestry program. In addition, one course per year will be taught that supports the Department of Forestry’s mission and academic programs that can potentially also meet graduate-level campus and distance education forestry requirements. In-service education to external audiences will also be provided. Opportunities exist for research collaboration with College of Forest Resources faculty and staff, federal and state agencies, forest industry, resource managers, private landowners, and non-governmental organizations.
The successful candidate will develop and teach educational programs to the appropriate clientele and county Extension Agents based on national, state, and county needs assessments. These documented Program Plans will include documented curricula that can be delivered and evaluated by the successful candidate and/or county Extension Agent resulting in measured impacts.

Desired skills and experience

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. specializing in forest ecosystem productivity and/or related aspects of understanding how ecosystem services are influenced by forest ecology, silviculture, soils, and human influence. At least one degree in Forestry is required. Importance will be placed on demonstrated excellence in program team participation, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills. All But Dissertation (ABD) applicants may apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education and/or experience could include, but is not limited to, managing and prescribing stand-level and/or precision-based treatments (e.g., prescribed fire, fertilization, pesticide use) to positively impact forest health; managing and assessing signs, symptoms, and impacts of wildfire, drought, flooding, or other disturbances on forest regeneration, ecology, and management; understanding soil suitability for forest operations; and implementing and evaluating forestry best management practices. Experience or willingness to effectively work as part of an Extension team; this includes spending time away from campus on select evenings and weekends to meet programmatic needs. An established record of scholarly publications; demonstrated potential to secure extramural funding; experience in teaching at the university level in on-campus and distance education formats.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Screening of applicants will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Applications must be made through the Mississippi State University Careers website via the link (search PARF Number 505576), where the full description can be viewed. Applicants should complete the online application and provide pdf files of a cover letter of application; curriculum vitae; unofficial transcripts for all degrees with social security numbers redacted (official transcripts will be required upon hire); statements of: 1) research and 2) outreach and teaching (no more than 1 page each); and contact information for three references. Questions may be directed to Dr. Brady Self, Search and Screening Committee Chair, at

Screening Date:

March 16, 2023 until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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Areas of Research
  • Organization & Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Forestry