Assistant/Associate Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 080100 - FWRC - Forestry
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Assistant Professor (F0001 - UC)

Department Profile:

The Department of Forestry is one of three departments in the College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Departmental activities include undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and extension programs in forestry and natural resources. The Department has excellent facilities in Thompson Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University. A new multi-million dollar greenhouse complex is now in the construction phase and will provide multiple environments for various studies. The MSU John W. Starr Memorial Forest, an 8,244-acre research and teaching forest, and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and Tombigbee National Forest are near the university and are used for teaching and research activities.
Mississippi State University is a Carnegie High Research Activity institution and a land grant university which includes the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The university is located in Starkville, a beautiful college town in northeast Mississippi (

Area of Specialization:

Pine Silviculture

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2020

Tenure Track Status:

9-month tenure-track position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate is expected to have a broad base of knowledge of natural and plantation pine silviculture. The selected candidate would be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in silviculture and management. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program. Other areas of possible development could include silvicultural aspects needed in the development of longleaf and shortleaf pine, management of pine/hardwood mixed stands, as well as the development of a new course based on the candidate’s area of expertise. Additional responsibilities will include participation in the Department’s teaching program, research, mentoring graduate students, advising undergraduate students, and service activities. Opportunities exist for research collaboration with the USDA Forest Service, other federal agencies, the Mississippi Forestry Commission, other state agencies, forest industry, resource managers, and private landowners.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in Forestry or a closely related field such as Natural Resources, with an emphasis on forestry and pine silviculture.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

Yes, ABDs will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desired area of expertise includes, but not limited to, experience in southern pine silviculture and management, with a working knowledge of soils, herbicides, tree improvement, physiology, pathology, entomology, products, and the use of fire.

Instructions for Applying:

Screening of applicants will begin September 16, 2019 and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Applications must be made through the Mississippi State University Employment opportunities website via the link (PARF Number 499160). Applicants should also send (in a single pdf) a letter of application, curriculum vita, copies of transcripts (for all degrees; redact any social security numbers), a brief statement of research and teaching interests, and complete contact information for three professional references to:

Dr. Randall J. Rousseau (
Co-Chair, Pine Silviculturist Search Committee
Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9681

Dr. Andrew Brady Self (
Co-Chair, Pine Silviculturist Search Committee
Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
50 E. Pecan St., Ste. B
Grenada, MS 38901

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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