[ES_JOBS_NET] Assistant Professor (Fire Ecology) , Oregon State University
christin at ucar.edu
Sun Jan 25 09:06:19 MST 2015
Assistant Professor (Fire Ecology)
This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance
of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for
Division I (FBS) universities.
Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Forest Ecosyst & Society 231700 FOR
Oregon State University's commitment to student success includes hiring,
retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our
undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our
Strategic Plan (http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/strategicplan/phase3)
articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and
equalizing student success. As part of this commitment, OSU has
established a hiring initiative for 2014-15 that is designed to support
these strategies. In alignment with this initiative, the Department of
Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry seeks to fill
an Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology position. This is a 9-month, 1.0
FTE, tenure-track position.
This position will establish and lead an innovative extramurally funded
research program in fire ecology that is relevant to human use of
forested landscapes, biodiversity conservation and global change. The
incumbent will be responsible for the delivery of two undergraduate
courses in both the 'Forest Landscape Processes and Management' option
within our Forest Management degree and a new interdisciplinary
undergraduate degree program focusing on interactions among biophysical
and social systems. The incumbent will also teach an additional graduate
course in her/his area of expertise. This position is part of a larger
commitment by Oregon State University to hire, retain, and develop
diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate
students from entry through graduation.
The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES) brings together
students, staff and faculty with interest and expertise in forest
ecology and social science to tackle some of the most pressing
environmental challenges facing us today
(http://fes.forestry.oregonstate.edu). Our faculty are world leaders in
a wide range of disciplines, including restoration ecology, forest
social science, tree physiology, climate change and carbon dynamics,
natural resource economics and policy, wilderness resource management,
silviculture, wildlife ecology, and remote sensing.
We also have living laboratories used for classes and research that
include the 11,500 acre McDonald-Dunn Forest, just 20 minutes from the
Oregon State University campus, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in
the Cascade Mountains (a National Science Foundation Long-term
Ecological Research site), and a wide variety of cooperating public and
private forest lands including a new Institute for Working Forest
Landscapes. This position offers substantial potential for collaborative
efforts with co-located science agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station, the United States Geological Survey
(USGS) Forest and Range Ecosystem Science Center and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.
The FES Department has a large and diverse student body both on campus
(>200 undergraduates/80 graduates) and online (530 undergraduates/60
graduates); thus, the incumbent must have an interest and commitment to
teaching and innovation in both classroom and online education.
45% RESEARCH AND INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOLARSHIP
- Maintain an active, externally funded research program in fire ecology
at multiple spatial scales including the role of fire in both social and
- Publish results of original research in peer-reviewed journals,
reports, and other outlets intended for peer scientists and natural
- Present current research findings at regional, national and
- Collaborate with scientists from other disciplines, particularly at
the interface between policy, management and ecological science.
- Supervise graduate students.
45% TEACHING AND ADVISING
- Teach two undergraduate courses: 'Wildland Fire Ecology' and
'Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology' as well as one graduate course annually.
- Contribute to the design of the development of the new FES
- Mentor graduate students and serve on graduate committees inside and
outside of the department.
10% SERVICE AND OUTREACH
- Participate in committees at the departmental, college and university
- Serve on public committees and advisory boards, as appropriate.
- Participate in activities of professional organizations.
- Review manuscripts for scientific journals.
- Engage in extension and public outreach efforts.
Position Duties (continued):
Working Conditions/Work Schedule:
This position requires field teaching and research which involves hiking
in rough, steep, brushy forest terrain while carrying a pack weighing 30
lbs or less in all weather conditions.
Travel is required via OSU Motorpool vehicle and/or personal vehicle to
meet with stakeholders and for field trips.
Faculty at Oregon State University are committed to undergraduate and
graduate student success. We seek faculty who have evidence of educating
and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which may include experience
with sponsoring student research or internships, developing study abroad
opportunities, service learning courses, or the use of innovation
pedagogies such as hybrid or online learning.
Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to disturbance and/or fire ecology.
Demonstrated potential to develop a high-quality academic research
program in fire ecology.
Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity as it relates to
teaching and mentoring students.
Excellent communication skills.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive
position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal
History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU
Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report
convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal
History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal
vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must
successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and
maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence,
be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as
per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OSU Standard 125-155-0200)
as per OSU 576-056-0000 et seq.
Preferred (Special) Qualifications
Experience in fire ecology research conducted at multiple spatial scales.
Evidence of research productivity.
Evidence of capacity to link basic and applied research.
Experience with interdisciplinary research (particularly between social
and ecological sciences).
Record of obtaining external funding.
Relevant graduate and/or postdoctoral experience in teaching within
and/or across disciplines.
Experience in fostering diversity in teaching and mentoring (e.g.,
supervising underrepresented groups in research).
Evidence of fostering undergraduate success (e.g., sponsoring student
research or internships, developing study abroad opportunities).
Experience with natural resource management applications.
Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only)
45% - Develop or discover new knowledge and/or creative solutions to
problems related to fire ecology. Communicate new knowledge or creative
solutions by publishing in refereed journals, peer-reviewed
publications, and by presenting information at local, regional,
national, and international meetings, conferences, and congresses.
Demonstrate peer validation through critical peer review and adoption.
Maintain an active, externally funded research program.
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search:
Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
For Full Consideration Date
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is:
A required qualification
Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic
(1) A full-length curriculum vitae (CV);
(2) A cover letter addressing your qualifications and aspirations as
they relate to the specific duties and responsibilities described in the
(3) A two-page teaching philosophy that specifically addresses the
candidate's commitment to fostering student success and enhancing
diversity; (Upload as Other Document)
(4) A two-page research statement; (Upload as Other Document 2)
(5) Up to four peer-reviewed publications; (Upload combined pdfs as
Other Document 3)
(6) The names and contact information (email, telephone and mail) of
three referees who may be contacted by the search committee; (Upload
For additional information please contact Matthew Betts, 541-737-3841,
matthew.betts at oregonstate.edu
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in
all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer,
and particularly encourage applications from members of historically
underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with
disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who
demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and
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