Special Assistant Professor of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
29 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is an interdisciplinary academic program uniquely poised to advance education, research, and outreach in forest and rangeland stewardship and restoration ecology in the Central Rockies and High Plains. The Warner College of Natural Resources is home to five academic departments and several centers and institutes including the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the WESTFIRE Research Center, the Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. These programs, institutes and centers provide a foundation for research, education and outreach in the natural resources. Linkages across departments and colleges, and with federal and state land managers and research centers, form a broader interdisciplinary foundation for increased impact. We expect the incumbent to foster opportunities for our students to become future leaders in the stewardship of natural resources. Additional information about the department can be accessed at http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/frs-home.

Position Summary

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship (FRS) in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University seeks applicants for a 9-month, full-time non-tenure track Special Assistant Professor to contribute to teaching in our accredited Forestry and Rangeland Ecology and a new Restoration Ecology program. We seek a dynamic and innovative educator with a background in applied ecology and forest and/or rangeland management, who possesses field skills and is committed to delivering quality education to undergraduate and graduate students in the natural resources. A full-time instructor is a critical need in order for the department to fulfill the teaching mission related to our forest, rangeland, and restoration ecology degree programs.

The successful candidate will teach and develop a variety of classes that span forest vegetation management, disturbance ecology, senior capstone experiences, and data collection and analysis at the undergraduate level as well as courses that are part of our on campus and online Masters of Natural Resources Stewardship graduate program. Preferred candidates will have evidence of outstanding teaching skills in diverse formats, lab and field settings, and online. The incumbent will teach 2-3 courses per semester with additional opportunities for scholarship, outreach to stakeholders, and participation in other departmental activities such as advising student clubs. There will also be opportunities to teach experiential field courses at CSU’s Mountain Campus with additional summer compensation. This is a non tenure-track appointment.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed PhD in forest or rangeland science, forest or rangeland ecology, or a related field of natural science at the start date of the position (anticipated to be August 16, 2018).

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching forestry and/or rangeland ecology and management at the college level
  • Evidence of producing effective and innovative educational materials
  • Strong quantitative and technical skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in academic and natural resource professional settings

Special Instructions to Applicants

  • Application materials consist of the following:
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Statement of teaching interests and philosophy
  • 3 professional references
  • References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Dr. Mark Paschke: Mark.Paschke@colostate.edu

Service and engagement efforts will entail service to the department, college, and university, to academic peers, and to natural resource managers. The incumbent may participate in advising student clubs.

Percentage Of Time 15

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teaching responsibilities will include instruction of a variety of courses that span forest vegetation management, disturbance ecology, senior capstone courses, and data collection and analysis courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Most courses will be on-campus format, with one or two courses per semester online. Course load is expected to be 2-3 courses per semester.