[ES_JOBS_NET] Assistant Professor (Fire Ecology) , Oregon State University

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sun Jan 25 09:06:19 MST 2015


osition Title
Assistant Professor
Job Title
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.
Appointment Type
Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job Location
Forest Ecosyst & Society 231700 FOR
Position Summary
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.
Position Duties
- Maintain an active, externally funded research program in fire ecology 
at multiple spatial scales including the role of fire in both social and 
ecological systems.
- Publish results of original research in peer-reviewed journals, 
reports, and other outlets intended for peer scientists and natural 
resource professionals.
- Present current research findings at regional, national and 
international conferences.
- Collaborate with scientists from other disciplines, particularly at 
the interface between policy, management and ecological science.
- Supervise graduate students.

- 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 
undergraduate curriculum.
- Mentor graduate students and serve on graduate committees inside and 
outside of the department.

- 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.
Minimum/Required Qualifications
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
Posting Date
For Full Consideration Date
Closing 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 
position description;

(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 
with CV)

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 
inclusive community.
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