Assistant Professor in Forest Ecology and Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois
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Faculty Appointments
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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WE TRANSFORM LIVES. Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries and applications of science and education to higher levels of understanding and influence. Be a part of our story. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ( is seeking qualified applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor in Forest Ecology and Management and Faculty Extension Specialist.  We are seeking candidates who will develop a nationally recognized research and Extension program focused on forest ecology and management. The specific area of research is not restricted, but research interests may include urban and community forestry, agroforestry, reforestation, forest health, or forest-related climate change adaptation and sustainability. Candidates with experience in interdisciplinary collaborations that span the natural, physical, and social sciences will be reviewed favorably, especially candidates that can show expertise in linking disciplines reflected within NRES. The successful candidate will contribute to the University of Illinois Extension program in Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy; engage diverse stakeholders; and build collaborations throughout Illinois. Experience translating research into education and outreach materials is preferred. The candidate should also demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring students. A Ph.D. in an appropriate field is required. The successful applicant will be expected to secure extramural funding, recruit and mentor graduate students, publish regularly in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, contribute to the mission of the University of Illinois Extension program, and teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching responsibilities will include Forest Biology (NRES 416), or a similar course, ideally delivered to on-campus students and students in the NRES online MS program. Contributions to field courses and other experiential learning opportunities will be valued. Due to the Extension appointment, the candidate will have a reduced teaching load of one course per year.
Appointment Information This is a 100% full-time 9/12 tenure-track faculty position. The expected start date is August 16, 2023; however, this date is flexible. Salary is commensurate with experience. Application Procedures & Deadline Information To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 5:00 pm (CST) on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top of bottom of the posting at Applications not submitted through will not be considered. Letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, up to two representative publications, research and outreach statement, teaching statement, and a 1-2 page diversity statement describing the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) principles or practices that you view as essential to research, Extension, teaching, and service. For the DEIJ statement, you are welcome to draw directly on relevant experiences or speak generally about what you envision as most critical for successfully fostering DEIJ at a major research institution like the University of Illinois. To receive full consideration, all requested application materials must be submitted via the online system by the closing date. Additional Information For further information about this specific position, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, Search Committee Chair, at or 217-244-2168. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137. The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing
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