Department Head

Location: Moscow, Idaho, USA
Division/College: College of Natural Resources
Employee Category: Faculty
Pay Range: $100,000 - $125,000
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Head for the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences. This is a full time, 9-month, tenure-track position. An administrative stipend is provided as well as summer salary. The expected start date is July or August 2017.

The University of Idaho has been a leader in forestry and rangeland sciences since 1909. The current department is home to 23 faculty and four undergraduate academic programs in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Renewable Materials, and Fire Ecology and Management. The department faculty also contributes to University-wide academic programs in Environmental Science and Water Resources as well as College-wide Masters, Doctorate, and professional graduate programs. The department has access to unique facilities including the Rangeland Center, the University of Idaho Experimental Forest, the Pitkin Forest Nursery and the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, the Intermountain Forest Cooperative, and the Inland Empire Tree Improvement Cooperative. The USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station supports a laboratory and scientists on campus as well.

The department is a national innovator with faculty having excellence in research, teaching, and stakeholder engagement. It is home to a B.S. Forestry degree, which was one of the first programs to be accredited by the Society of American Foresters in 1935. The department is also home to a B.S. in Fire Ecology and Management, the first such degree of its kind in the country that is accredited by the Association for Fire Ecology. It is also home to a B.S. Renewable Materials and a B.S. Rangeland Ecology and Management, each accredited by national organizations. The college offers a Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctoral degrees across the diverse range of disciplines reflected by broad faculty expertise.

The Department Head provides leadership in the administration of the department and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally rich academic environment for faculty, students and staff. The Head also manages the department's budget and endowment funds, administers academic programs and facilities improvements, coordinates curriculum development with the respective program leads, oversees accreditation, and evaluation of all teaching, research, and outreach programs. The Department Head is the lead administrator of department within the College of Natural Resources and reports to the Dean of the College. The Department Head serves on the College's leadership team and is the primary liaison between the department and stakeholders including alumni, university groups, state and federal agencies, accreditation organizations, the College advisory board, and natural resources industry. The successful candidate is expected to teach one or two classes a year in her/his area of expertise, and recruit and mentor graduate and undergraduate students and pursue a research program. The Department Head is expected to provide leadership in growing enrollment and retention, improve the student experience, and recruiting a diverse student body in both graduate and undergraduate programs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Hold a Ph.D. and have attained, or qualify, for the rank of Full Professor.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, outreach, or Cooperative Extension in an academic discipline related to one of the four undergraduate academic programs administered in the department or a related interdisciplinary field such as ecosystem or environmental sciences. Meet the requirement of tenure in the department and College.
  • Demonstrated ability in leadership and in mentoring students, faculty, and staff to succeed.
  • Have excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in cultivating strong ties with natural resource agencies and industry partners.
  • Demonstrated ability in interacting well with alumni and foster research and creative activities and encourage collaboration with diverse groups (e.g. other departments and colleges). Demonstrated experience in collegial leadership, effective communication, time and resource management; each of which are important attributes of effective leadership.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and respect for other people.
  • Experience in undergraduate recruitment and retention activities.

Posting Information

Posting Number: F000510P

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions: Review of applications will begin January 22, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

posted: 30 November 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.