Forest Management, Assistant Professor, University of Maine

The School of Forest Resources (SFR) at the University of Maine seeks a collaborative colleague to join our faculty as an Assistant Professor in Forest Management. The successful applicant is expected to fully participate in UMaine’s undergraduate and graduate education, build a strong research program, and engage with diverse stakeholders, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the institution and the discipline.
Forests dominate 90% of Maine’s landscape and play a critical role in its economy, through forest products, nature-based tourism, and ecosystem services. Maine’s forest products economy is in transition, with changes in land ownership and markets and the emergence of new forest products; forest structures and disturbance regimes are also evolving in response to introduced and recurring pests and a novel climate. Forest management that focuses on private lands of diverse, mixed-species forests managed largely with natural regeneration, is essential to sustaining forest productivity for all stakeholders. 

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The University of Maine is a Land Grant and Sea Grant university. SFR awards Bachelor of Science degrees in Forestry; Sustainable Materials and Technology; and Parks, Recreation & Tourism; as well as Master of Science, Master of Forestry, and Doctoral degrees in Forest Resources. We are a vibrant School that has experienced a doubling in undergraduate forestry major enrollments and added seven new energetic faculty in the last five years. Our graduate programs are among the top programs in the nation offering five specialized concentrations. Detailed information about the programs and faculty is available at www.forest.umaine.edu. The School also manages 13,000 acres of forestland, including the 4,000-acre Penobscot Experimental Forest jointly managed with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/ef/locations/me/penobscot/). In addition, the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (http://www.umaine.edu/cfru/), a forest industry-university cooperative, has a range of research sites throughout the state and competitively awards annual funding for research projects.

Responsibilities: This position is 50% teaching and 50% research with additional expectations of service and advising undergraduate and graduate students. A 50% teaching appointment involves teaching 9 credits per academic year, and may include:

An upper-level course in forest management, with lecture and field laboratory, for SAF accredited undergraduate and graduate programs, 
Other core courses in the forestry program, and/or 
A senior level/graduate courses in forest management or related topic. 
Research expectations include developing an extramurally funded, internationally recognized, forest management research program and collaborating with scientists and educators in forest resources and related disciplines. 

Service and leadership opportunities exist with landowners, foresters, Society of American Foresters, USDA Forest Service, state agencies, and NGOs.
About the University:
The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels. Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

The University of Maine System is considered a federal contractor and therefore required to comply with the directives of civil authorities regarding COVID vaccinations. As of January 4, 2022, new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have submitted a request for a religious or medical exemption on or prior to their start date. Further information can be found here.
Qualifications:
Required:

A Ph.D. in forest management or closely related field at the time of appointment. 
A background in forest management. 
A record or ability to secure funding for research and publish research in peer reviewed journals. 
An interest and ability to effectively teach an analytical approach to forest management and other core courses in the forestry curriculum. 
Experience fostering a collaborative, inclusive, team-based approach to solving problems. 
The ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders ranging from large commercial forest land managers to consulting foresters working with small woodland owners. 
A commitment to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the discipline and institution
Preferred: 

Research interests centered on forest management to address the ecological and socio-economic challenges facing forests in Maine and beyond such as timber production, natural regeneration, forest health, changing climates, and changing forest product markets.  
A background in quantitative and integrative approaches to forest management, including linear program and growth & yield applications.  
Experience or knowledge in diverse forest management applications ranging from even-aged, planted stands to mixed-species, multi-aged forests.
Other Information:
Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position” below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy (2 pages max)
4.) a statement of current and future plans for research (2 pages max)
5.) a statement of the applicant’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in academia (2 pages max)
6.) contact information for three to five professional references. 
7.) copies of college transcripts

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

 Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: February 4, 2022
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: February 15, 2022
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: March 15, 2022
Tentative start date: August 1, 2022 

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair, Dr. Adam Daigneault, at adam.daigneault@maine.edu or 207-581-2805.

Appropriate background checks are required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).
Length:
Academic Year (Sept-May)
Required Documents:
Copies of Transcripts, Cover Letter, Diversity Statement, References, Research Statement, Resume/CV, Teaching Statement

 

January 19, 2022