Assistant Professor 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 teaching/research 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:

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 dedicated to forestry is now in the construction phase and will provide multiple environments for a variety of 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:


Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2024. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Successful candidate will be expected to initially teach current courses in the Forestry curriculum and eventually develop graduate courses in their area of expertise. Additional responsibilities will include research, mentoring graduate students, advising undergraduate students, and service activities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program. Opportunities exist for research collaboration with the USDA Forest Service’s Center for Bottomland Hardwood Research located at Stoneville, MS, as well as other land grant universities, federal agencies, 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 specialization in silviculture and forest ecology. All but dissertation (ABD) applicants will be considered.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Desired area of expertise includes, but is not limited to, hardwood silviculture and a working knowledge of hardwood forests. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge/experience of appropriate silvicultural techniques and management for both bottomland and upland hardwood forest ecosystems.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Screening of applicants 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 507720 ) 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:

May 29, 2024, until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

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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