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Assistant/Associate Professor – Community Forestry & Arboriculture

University of Georgia
30602, Athens (US)
Date posted
Apr 9, 2024

POSITION:  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 community forestry and arboriculture 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 part of the Community Forestry and Arboriculture (COFA) faculty group and are expected to establish interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and research with faculty in the Warnell School and across campus. Individuals with expertise in the following academic areas relative to natural resources management in the urban context are encouraged to apply: urban forestry, arboriculture, tree biology, tree physiology, tree biomechanics, plant health care, urban ecology, and green infrastructure.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 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. Program evaluation and impact are expected as a key component of a successful program. Teaching duties include supporting the COFA program, including undergraduate and graduate student advising, and teaching two courses annually, including a technical arboriculture course. Professional service includes serving on School/University committees and actively participating in professional/scientific societies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required qualifications include a Ph.D. degree prior to the starting date in forestry, natural resources, ecology, horticulture / arboriculture, biology, or a closely related field with expertise in the academic areas listed above. Preferred qualifications include a background in arboriculture techniques and practices. Also preferred is the Certified Arborist credential or willingness to become certified as well as field experience of the arboriculture / urban forestry practitioner sector. 

Additional Requirements: 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.

THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Georgia ( is a land/sea/space grant institution comprised of 18 schools and colleges. 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. 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.

APPLICATION:  To ensure full consideration, please apply by May 1, 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 May 1, 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 is negotiable but August 1, 2024 is preferred. All applicants MUST apply online through the University of Georgia Faculty Jobs system ( No paper applications will be accepted.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Jason Gordon, Chair, COFA Search Committee (


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 ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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