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 human dimensions in natural resources (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 research and education in forestry, forest science, and natural resources management. Our faculty includes leading foresters, ecologists, economists, social scientists, and statisticians.


The position will support research and teaching with a social science perspective on current and emerging forestry topics related to environmental and natural resources management and society. Specific areas of expertise may include coupled human and natural systems, forest management and policy for sustainable systems, participatory governance, social forestry, and community facilitation and needs assessments. We seek candidates desiring to bring social science perspectives and tools to interdisciplinary research teams addressing cross-cutting questions with local to global relevance. 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 the role of social sciences within natural resource management and policy arenas. In addition to building a highly productive research program, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one undergraduate course that contributes to the human dimension focused 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, Department, College, and University service, and professional service. 


Minimum Qualifications:


An earned Ph.D. in Human Dimensions, Forestry, Natural Resources, Sociology, Psychology, Communication, Political Science, Anthropology, Environmental and Resource Economics, or related field. Applicants should have a record of scholarly activities including peer-reviewed journal articles and grantsmanship in their field.