Professor and Head

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080100 - FWRC - Forestry
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

The Department of Forestry is one of three Departments in the Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center. The 24 faculty have diverse teaching, research and outreach expertise including forest biology and watershed management; forest economics, management and policy; forest measurements and spatial technology; and wood supply systems. The Department has two undergraduate degree programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters with 197 students along with 37 graduate students in both on-campus and distance learning graduate programs. The University’s 8,244-acre John W. Starr Memorial Forest, the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Tombigbee National Forest are located near the University and are used for teaching, research, and Extension activities.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2019

Tenure Track Status:

Tenured 12-month position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department head should be able to adequately represent the teaching, research, extension and other outreach efforts of the department with agencies, clientele, stakeholder groups, civic organizations, professional organizations, and the general public. Additionally, the head has the following duties:
1. Develops/maintains knowledge of the concepts, enabling legislation, history and philosophy of the department and a land-grant university.
2. Follows policies with departmental budget/expenditure recommendations.
3. Develops/maintains communication with faculty/staff/other personnel, governmental organizations (local, state, regional, national), and the private sector on behalf of the clientele, users, and cooperators.
a. Establishes/maintains relationships with key decision makers/leaders and communicates regularly to improve department activities.
b. Reports regularly to superiors. Advocates/negotiates for optimum combinations of human resources, funds, and materials to achieve program missions on a priority basis.
c. Reviews/evaluates plans of work, programs, publications and other educational services. Recommends continuation and/or modification to ensure complementary and supportive efforts by all faculty/staff.
d. Ensures Extension faculty provide statewide educational programming for dissemination of research-based information, including in-service educational programs for county agents and teaching programs for stakeholders with appropriate scientific-based assessment and evaluation.
4. Participates in department head meetings, reports on and represents the department.
5. Oversees, in coordination with departmental faculty, development of curricula, standards for formal/nonformal instruction, and continued programmatic excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and extension education.
6. Identifies, supports, and encourages multi- and inter-disciplinary programs that advance knowledge and technology and enhance the development and dissemination of practical applications.
7. Encourages teamwork and promotes cooperation/joint programming, where appropriate, within the department, among division units and across the university.
8. Maximizes the use of existing priority planning groups and advisory councils to identify priorities and plan programs.
9. Provides planning, coordination, and support for obtaining goods/services for the optimum operation of the department, such as official mail, space allocations, supplies, computer support/services, property control and facilities.
10. Manages the staffing process according to MSU policies and procedures, such as position
development/requisition, application recruitment/review, candidate selection/recommendation, and terms of employment.
11. Evaluates performance of departmental faculty on-campus and in cooperation with appropriate off-campus research and extension center heads. Responsible for justifying the evaluation to the Dean(s)/Director(s) or their designees.
12. Recommends opportunities for employee professional growth/development.
13. Participates/engages in scholarly pursuits in the candidate’s discipline/area(s) of expertise.
14. Works with the director of FWRC and other university research centers to enhance research; facilitates a departmental research program in applied and fundamental research to meet stakeholder needs, and expand knowledge base.
15. Interacts with research and extension centers to facilitate statewide research and Extension efforts.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in forestry, natural resources or closely related field.

Eligible for tenure at the rank of professor and graduate faculty membership at MSU.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Knowledge of and appreciation for the diverse interests and interdisciplinary programs in the Department.
2. Knowledge of and experience with capital development activities and extramural grantsmanship.
3. Demonstrated successful administrative experience appropriate to the required responsibilities.
4. Competence in leadership and management, and exceptional interpersonal skills
5. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and extension/outreach.
6. Experienced in establishing networks with business and industry.
7. Achieved national visibility through leadership in academic and professional organizations.
8. Willingness to pursue, promote and encourage regional, national and international opportunities for the department.
9. Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, partners, consumers, and industry-related constituencies.
10. Demonstrated ability to facilitate linkages with appropriate local, state, national, and international agencies.
11. Has experience with distance education program development and delivery.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of programmatic leadership and vision, and the complete contact information for at least three references. References will not be contacted without notification of the applicant.

Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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