Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Policy & Human Dimensions

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University of Tennesse

The Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville invites applications for a 12-month tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions (50% teaching, 50% research). The individual must be committed to excellence in teaching and have a strong interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. A strong background in research with a focus on natural resource policy or other aspects of human dimensions of natural resources is expected. The candidate’s expertise should complement the Department’s existing teaching and research programs. Experience/expertise in one or more of the following areas is important: public policy, human dimensions of natural resources, international natural resource policy and management, forestry, sociology, and law. The individual is expected to instruct the following upper-division courses: Forest and Wildland Resource Policy and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources; and co-instruct the Department’s one-credit human dimensions course for seniors in Forestry and Wildlife and Fisheries. The person hired for the position also will be expected to develop a graduate-level course in their area of expertise. The candidate will be required to advise undergraduate and graduate students, build a graduate research program, secure extramural funding, and publish in the peer-refereed literature. Engagement in university and professional service activities and commitment to the Land Grant University mission of teaching, research and outreach is expected.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in natural resource policy, public policy and administration, sociology, human dimensions of natural resources, law, or a related field.

Additional Desired Qualifications: Postdoctoral or faculty experience that includes teaching, advising, and mentoring university students, experience in supervising student research, strong publication record, success in grant writing, ability and intent to cooperate and collaborate with state and federal natural resource agencies and non-government organizations, and experience in interdisciplinary teams. A strong background or interest in international work is highly desirable. It is also hoped that the person hired will become actively involved with the U.T. Chapter of The Society of American Foresters. Preference will be given to candidates who can collaborate in ongoing efforts in current emphasis areas and strengths of the department, including wildlife health, biomass utilization, urban forestry, hardwood management. The Department houses the Human Dimensions Research Laboratory and the Natural Resource Policy Center, both of which may offer a number of collaboration opportunities for this position.

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 31, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

To apply: E-mail or mail a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of both teaching and research philosophies, copies of official transcripts for all degrees completed, and letters of recommendation from (3) references to : Email – Penny Barnhart ( or Mail- University of Tennessee, Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, c/o Penny Barnhart, 274 Plant Science Blding (4562), Knoxville, TN 37996-4563. If you have questions please contact Don Hodges ( or Penny Barnhart ( or 865-974-7988).

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.