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Assistant/Associate Professor & Starker Chair of Family Forestry

College of Forestry - Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
Corvallis, Oregon
Salary is commensurate with education, training and experience.
Posted Date
Feb 16, 2023

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor and Starker Chair of Family Forestry position in the College of Forestry.

The primary responsibility of this position will focus on developing and leading an integrated program of research, teaching, and extension that focuses on the role of family forestry (i.e., small-scale, nonindustrial private forestry) in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, with primary emphasis on Oregon.

This position, funded in part by an endowment from the Starker Family, will focus on generating and disseminating knowledge, teaching university students, and helping private forest owners achieve their varied management objectives. The incumbent will coordinate research and educational programs on the Elizabeth Starker Cameron Demonstration Forest and further develop it into a premier teaching and research forest that demonstrates sound forestry principles applicable to private forests throughout the Pacific Northwest.

We seek a colleague who has a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, education, and outreach. OSU is an AA/EOE employer, and especially encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of inclusive excellence. OSU is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors, and employees. Faculty members in the College of Forestry design, develop, maintain, or carry out extension programs that serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized.

Any hiring at the rank of Associate Professor/Professor with indefinite tenure will be subject to a successful out-of-cycle tenure review process:

Position Duties:

  • 50% - Research
  • 25% - Extension
  • 15% - Teaching and Mentoring
  • 10% - Service

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD by date of hire in forestry, natural resource management, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated or substantial potential for, research in the social or biophysical dimensions of small-scale forest management.
  • Demonstrated ability or substantial potential to secure competitively funded grants for research.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Evidence of or substantial potential for, effective interpersonal relationships, such as collaboration with a broad spectrum of landowners.
  • Experience in or demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • For individuals seeking the rank of Associate Professor: Candidate should meet the OSU teaching, advising, research and service criteria for appointment at the desired rank (see the OSU Faculty Handbook for details). OSU will consider previous years of experience at other, similar institutions towards timelines for rank or tenure promotions.

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 University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research productivity in the social or biophysical dimensions of small-scale nonindustrial forest management.
  • Field experience in some form of forestry or natural resources management.
  • Experience in the development and delivery of university-level teaching, outreach, or extension.
  • Experience participating in multiple-stakeholder groups.

To view the posting and apply, go to  and search for posting # P06489UF. For full consideration, apply by March 13, 2023. Applications will be accepted until March 27, 2023. For additional information please contact Dr. John Sessions (

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