Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Urban Forestry; Auburn University, Alabama

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama
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Faculty Appointments
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
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open until filled
Job Description Summary: The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University invites applications for an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in urban forestry with an expected start date of August 2022. This is a tenure-track, 12-month appointment, with 65% Extension and 35% teaching. The position will play a key role in the development and implementation of graduate and undergraduate urban forestry programs. The successful candidate will develop an extramurally funded program to expand education, outreach, and applied research in urban forestry. The successful candidate will perform educational functions of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). In addition, the successful candidate will develop a successful extramurally funded Extension program with related applied research focusing on urban forestry including but not limited to planning, assessment, and management, socio-ecological dynamics, or closely related field. The successful candidate is expected to work independently and in collaboration with other faculty in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and other Auburn University faculty to (1) develop and implement undergraduate and graduate urban forestry programs (2) Work with stakeholders to develop applied research to address the educational needs in Alabama and beyond, (3) Develop and deliver niche technical training and service programs for Regional Extension Agents (REAs), organizations, private sector, and federal agencies of Alabama and beyond, (4) secure extramural funding to support programs, and (5) teach two to three courses per year and mentor graduate students.
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD in forestry or a related field at the time employment begins. The successful candidate must demonstrate a compelling interest and capability to deliver science-based information to a variety of audiences. Excellent written, organizational, and communication skills are required and a commitment to inclusion and diversity is essential. Ability to act creatively, confidently, and professionally when working with people from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, evidence of drive and initiative as demonstrated by personal experiences and previous employment, and a collaborative approach to working with others is required. Candidates must be willing and able to work closely as a member of the Extension Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resource team with universities, urban forest managers, communities, and natural resource technical service providers. Ability to travel, including a current unrestricted driver's license, is also required. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment. Desired Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have: (1) demonstrated capacity for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, (2) Extension experience and a strong track record for obtaining extramural funding and supervising graduate students, (3) experience related to the use of geospatial technology and analysis of spatial data for urban forestry assessments and planning, and biophysical and ecological dimensions of urban forests. (4) A demonstrated track record of scholarly and extension publication. The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences ( is a national and international leader in forestry, wildlife, and natural resources programs and the flagship institution of Alabama’s $30 billion plus forest, wildlife, and natural resources-related enterprises, a significant component of the State’s economic and employment contributions and impacts. The School is home to seven undergraduate degree programs and nearly 500 undergraduate students. Graduate student enrollment is more than 160 students and a total of 44 research, teaching, and extension faculty. The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). It will continually seek to enhance faculty diversity in recruiting new faculty and development of current faculty. Auburn University ( is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles from the state capitol (Montgomery). The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) (, the primary Extension organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University in cooperation with Tuskegee University. ACES is dedicated to delivering research-based educational programs designed to empower individuals to improve their quality of life and economic well-being. Each of Alabama’s 67 counties is home to an Extension Office supported by Regional Extension Agents across the state, and Specialists at both partner universities. Auburn University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law. To apply please go to, complete the online form and upload the required application documents: (1) cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest and experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, (2) current curriculum vita, (3) vision statement for Extension program and statement of teaching philosophy, (4) copies of all graduate level academic transcripts, and (5) the names and contact information of at least three references. Review of applications will begin March 4, 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer and committed to building an inclusive and diverse community. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for this position.
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Dr. Adam Maggard
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