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Assistant/Associate Professor - Tree Biology, Structure, and Health Care

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 26, 2024

Position Summary

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in tree biology, structure, and health care at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a 70% outreach, 25% instruction, and 5% university and professional service appointment. Terms of the appointment as 9 or 12 month are negotiable. Successful candidates will be expected to collaborate with faculty in forestry, urban forestry, and water resources and help grow an emphasis in community forestry and arboriculture within the Warnell School.

Outreach (i.e., extension) responsibilities include development of externally funded, regionally / nationally recognized outreach program based on relevant, refereed literature and science-based information targeting professional and general audiences. Program areas may include, for example: tree health and risk management, tree biology and physiology, trees and climate change, assisting stakeholders with standard compliance, and identifying industry needs. Teaching duties include supporting the Community Forestry and Arboriculture program, including undergraduate and graduate student advising, and teaching two courses annually, including a technical arboriculture course and a course related to the candidate’s expertise. Professional service includes serving on School/University committees and actively participating in professional/scientific societies. Applied research is expected to support teaching and outreach programs, and would broadly relate to tree biology and physiology of tree growth and maintenance. Research emphases could include tree biology, tree planting and pruning techniques, pest/tree dynamics and tree stress responses, and soil/tree relations as well as developing new methods for assessing tree health and structure, and developing prescriptions for treatments.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, please apply by September 15, 2024. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching, outreach, and research interests, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, copies of up to three recent publications, and contact information for three references. Review of complete applications will begin on September 15, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. The candidate given an offer will be required to submit official college transcripts to . Furthermore, University policy requires all candidates given an offer to consent to and authorize a background investigation ( ) by the University. The background investigation will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis. The starting date of January 1, 2025 is preferred but negotiable. All applicants MUST apply online. No paper applications will be accepted. For additional information, please contact Dr. Jason Gordon, Chair, COFA Search Committee ( ).

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Assistant/Associate Professor - Tree Biology, Structure, and Health Care


Warnell-Sch Forestry & Nat Res

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Warnell School is a professional school with 68 faculty, 100 support staff, 265 undergraduates, and 240 graduate students ( ). The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the areas of Forestry; Fisheries & Wildlife; Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management; and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability. The school manages over 17,000 acres of forestland across the state in support of its teaching, outreach, and research missions.

Athens is a diverse community of approximately 150,000 people located less than 75 miles from Atlanta. UGA enrolls about 41,200 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

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Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Open Rank (Tenure Track)

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Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. degree prior to the starting date in forestry, natural resources, ecology, horticulture, biology, or a closely related field.

Additional Requirements

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. degree prior to the starting date in forestry, natural resources, ecology, horticulture, biology, or a closely related field with expertise in the academic areas listed above.

Appointment to Associate Professor requires a record consistent with promotion to Associate Professor at the Warnell School such as strong evidence of emerging stature as a regional/national authority, acquiring and administering external funding, ability to produce and communicate research, and excellence in teaching and working with students. Service at the Associate Professor level for 1-2 years is preferred for this rank.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Individuals with expertise in the following academic areas relative to natural resources management in the urban context are encouraged to apply: urban forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, plant biology, tree biomechanics, plant breeding, plant health care, and ecology.

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Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website .

Background Investigation Policy

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website .


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  1. Resume/CV
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  3. Sample Publications
  4. Unofficial Transcripts
  5. List of References with Contact Information
  6. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
  7. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
  8. Public Svc/Extension Philosophy
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