Assistant or 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:

Position Function:

This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Forestry, College of Forest Resources, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Department of Forestry: 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. The Department has two SAF-accredited undergraduate degree programs (Forestry and Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation), offers MS and PhD degrees in Forestry, conducts research, and houses Mississippi’s Extension programs in forestry. The Department has excellent facilities in Thompson Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University. A new multi-million-dollar greenhouse complex dedicated to forestry is now being completed and will provide multiple environments for research. The MSU John W. Starr Memorial Forest, an 8,244-acre research, teaching and demonstration forest; the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge; and Tombigbee National Forest are each near the University and used for teaching, research, and outreach activities. The University also owns Bulldog Forest properties throughout the state that may be available for research activities.
Mississippi State University is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity (R1) 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:

Forest Resources Management and Economics

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2024.

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include participation in the Department's teaching, research, and service activities. Teaching will include both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Forest and Natural Resource Management for on-campus and distance education programs. These courses focus on topics related to forest and natural resource management and planning across various spatial scales and forest landowner types, including large-scale industrial forest managers and landowners (e.g., TIMOs and REITs) and small-scale nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) landowners. The incumbent will have opportunities to develop additional courses as well. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and conduct an extramurally funded research program in the areas of forest and natural resources management and planning, sustainable forest resource utilization, timber supply and demand, forest management for carbon, and other emerging ecosystem service markets.

Candidates with experience in working across diverse forest landownership clientele and understanding their planning needs will be strongly considered. Service responsibilities will include participation in department, college, and university activities; developing strong mentoring programs for undergraduate and MS and Ph.D. graduate students; and networking with constituents and professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. with a specialization in forest resource management and economics, forest management planning, harvest scheduling, or closely related fields. All but dissertation (ABD) applicants will be considered.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred candidates should have a strong record of scholarly publications, potential to secure extramural funding, and demonstrated experience in teaching both traditional and distance learning courses. At least one degree from a professional forestry or natural resources-related program is preferred. Strong candidates should have an extensive background in linear and other mathematical programming techniques including heuristics, as well as economics, forest regulation, forest growth and yield models, and risk and financial decision-making.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Screening of applicants will begin August 31, 2023, and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Applications must be submitted through the Mississippi State University Careers website via the link (search PARF Number 506420), where the full position description can be viewed. Applicants should complete the online application and upload PDF files of the following documents: cover letter; curriculum vitae; unofficial transcripts for all degrees with social security numbers redacted (official copies will be required upon hire); a brief statement of research and teaching philosophy and interests; and contact information for three references. Questions may be directed to Dr. Adam Polinko, Search and Screening Committee Chair, at

Screening Date:

August 31, 2023 until filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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