Extension Assistant Professor, Forest Economics and Business (60325)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 12, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

This is a 12-month position that will be 60% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), 40% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), and available in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The position is not tenure accruing. Duties will include developing a robust outreach (Extension) program aimed at forest landowners, forest products companies, and associated stakeholders in forest business/forest economics. Example outreach programming topics could include: developing markets for forest products and services; assessing costs, benefits, and financial implications of different forest management scenarios; long-term trends in costs, product prices, and other economic data; forest land appraisal; assessing the availability of silvicultural contractors, logging firms, and related; and/or the taxation of land, forest products, and ecosystem services. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding to support their outreach program.

Teaching duties will include offering undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including forest economics and management, natural resource economics and valuation, and related subjects. The faculty member will mentor undergraduate and graduate students by serving on graduate committees, supervising extension projects involving students, and chairing graduate student committees if relevant. The faculty member will be also be expected to: participate in curriculum revision and enhancement; seek funding for the teaching program where appropriate; publish teaching-related scholarship; produce learning tools; and engage in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

The School of Forest Resources and Conservation ( www.sfrc.ufl.edu ) has teaching, research, and extension education programs in three broad areas: Forest Resources and Conservation; Geomatics (surveying, mapping, remote sensing, GIS, and GPS); and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The SFRC has 60 faculty members, 60 administrative and programmatic staff, 250 graduate students, and 350 undergraduate students. The School offers bachelor’s degrees in Forest Resources and Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation, Geomatics, and Marine Sciences; thesis and non-thesis master’s degrees in all focal areas, including a number of innovative distance education master’s programs; and Ph.D. degrees in all focal areas.

The School is committed to supporting work-life balance, and creating an environment that promotes and supports a more diverse and welcoming faculty, student body, and overall workforce within the School ( http://sfrc.ufl.edu/people/diversity-committee/ ). We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, Cooperative Extension/outreach, mentoring, and professional service.


Either a master's degree plus 10 years of relevant experience, or a doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in forest economics, forest business, or a closely related discipline. Significant experience with topics related to forest business, economics, forest markets, taxation, land appraisal, or related topics. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, forming and working in partnership with industry, agencies, and organizations. Candidates must be supportive of the Land-Grant system mission. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


Demonstrated ability to procure extramural funding to support Extension programming.

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by December 31, 2020. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

This position has been re-posted. Previous applicants are under consideration and need not re-apply.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 60325

Timothy A. Martin, Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Box 110410

Gainesville, FL 32611-0410

Telephone: 352-846-0866

Facsimile: 352-846-1277

Electronic Mail: tamartin@ufl.edu

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/75096 and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Full resume/curriculum vitae
    • Statements of:
      • Teaching and/or mentoring philosophies (or teaching portfolio, if applicable)
      • Experience and potential for working with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. Describe how you would develop outreach/Extension projects that would address the forest business/economics-related issues of stakeholders.
      • Commitment to diversity (knowledge, track record, and plans for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion)
    • (as 'other document') Names and contact information for at least 3 references, preferably who can speak to the applicant’s teaching, mentoring, and outreach experience.

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) .

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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