Application Deadline: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Department of Forestry, Michigan State University


Position Summary:


The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University invites applicants for a 9-month tenure system position at the assistant professor rank with a focus in forest policy and economics (70% research, 30% teaching).


Formally established in 1902, the Department of Forestry hosts the oldest continuing undergraduate forestry program in the U.S. The Department is a vibrant, growing, internationally recognized unit firmly committed to an interdisciplinary approach to understand and resolve environmental and natural resource issues. Our faculty includes leading foresters, ecologists, entomologists, economists, social scientists, and statisticians.


The position will address research and teaching on policy and economics in the context of current and emerging forestry topics related to environmental and natural resources management and society. Specific areas of expertise may include federal, state, and local forest policy and regulations, institutions and forest governance, economics and valuations, and policy analysis and evaluation that support sustainable forest use in the U.S. and globally. We seek candidates with the desire to contribute policy and economic perspectives and tools to interdisciplinary research teams pursuing crosscutting solutions to issues at multiple scales. There is particular interest in research and teaching that encompass climate change adaptation and mitigation.


The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program by securing competitive external funding, publishing in leading peer-reviewed journals, and advancing understanding that promotes sustainable ecological and economic systems. In addition to building a highly productive research program, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one undergraduate course that contributes to the forest policy and economics competencies required for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters and one graduate course that is related to her/his area of expertise and that fulfills Department learning objectives. Responsibilities also include recruiting and training graduate students, undergraduate mentoring, and Department, College, University, and professional service.