Natural Resources faculty – tenure-track or lecturer

University of Minnesota Crookston
Crookston, Minnesota
Job Category
Faculty Appointments
TBD, negotiable
Last Date to Apply
INSTITUTION: The University of Minnesota Crookston, one of five campuses comprising the University of Minnesota system, invites applications for a full-time faculty member in Natural Resources with experience in forest ecology and management. Individuals with a PhD and demonstrated potential for research will be considered for a tenure-track appointment. Individuals with a master’s degree and/or a terminal degree but without an interest in research will be considered for a full-time lecturer appointment. Located in the small college town of Crookston, Minnesota, UMN Crookston proudly carries on a tradition of over a century of educational service to northwestern Minnesota. UMN Crookston delivers educational programs that build upon a broad academic foundation and combine theory, practice, and hands-on experimentation. UMC is a rural campus located near the intersection of northwestern Minnesota’s prairie, deciduous forest, and boreal forest biomes. Since 1993, UMN Crookston has equipped all on-campus students and faculty with laptop computers. UMN Crookston has received national recognitions for the value of its education, affordability, and impact on social mobility. U.S. News recently named UMN Crookston as its top “Midwest Top Public Regional College.” POSITION: Full-time, nine-month, tenure-track OR lecturer position in the Natural Resources Program at the Crookston campus of the University of Minnesota starting January (preferred) or August 2024. Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive fringe benefits package is offered. RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop and deliver high-quality undergraduate instruction in natural resources and forest ecology and management. This position is expected to develop strong ties with the U.S. Forest Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, regional tribal governments, the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and/or other appropriate agencies and private organizations. Possible research collaborations may be initiated with the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus – one of the oldest and most highly-respected forestry programs in the country. The position is also expected to maintain and develop new connections with regional technical and community colleges for articulation pathways for undergraduate students and be active in other program and departmental recruiting efforts. Tenure-track faculty appointments are required to establish and maintain their own research agendas, which may include community engaged scholarship work and work with undergraduate students. Pursuit of externally-funded grants to support research is encouraged. Tenure-line appointments carry a <24.0 credit teaching load (typically 3-4 courses per semester). Three to six credits of research release may be granted annually. Service is required in accordance with tenure criteria. Full-time lecturer appointments are not expected to establish a research agenda. Full-time lecturer appointments carry a <30.0 credit teaching load (typically 4-5 courses per semester). Whether a tenure-line faculty member or a full-time lecturer, the successful candidate is expected to help further develop the program; provide undergraduate academic and career advising; advise program-related extracurricular clubs; foster equity and a sense of belonging among all students; and actively participate in recruitment, assessment, and retention efforts. Course assignments may include Introduction to Natural Resources, Field Techniques in Natural Resources, Forest Ecology and Management, Introduction to GIS, GIS Applications, Wildland Recreation, Integrated Resource Management, Statistical Research Techniques in Agriculture and Natural Resources, or other courses suited to candidate’s qualifications, expertise, and programmatic needs.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree (lecturer candidates) or Doctorate / ABD (tenure-track candidates) in Forestry, Natural Resources, or related field; Effective communication skills; Commitment to or record of effective teaching, preferably at the undergraduate level; Demonstrated experience in field-based applications of natural resources and forest ecology and management; Field experience in forests of the United States; Ability to draw upon cultural and community-based knowledge in teaching and research; Ability to demonstrate cultural competency within the scope of the land grant mission. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preferred candidates would have a doctorate degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, or related field; On campus and online teaching experience; Experience with GIS technologies as applied to natural resource and/or forest management; Field experience in the forest cover types of the Upper Midwest; Research experience in an academic institution; Work experience with a forest or natural resource management agency; Experience with externally funded projects and grants; Proficiency in a second language, preferably Spanish. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin October 16 and continue until the position is filled. Required application materials include a cover letter, curriculum vita, a statement of the candidate’s ability to promote equity and inclusion at a small campus in a rural context, a copy of all college transcripts, and a list of 3-5 professional references. In addition to addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications, the cover letter must state which position the candidate is interested in (tenure-track or lecturer). Please combine all parts of the application into a single document before uploading. Applicants are required to submit a diversity statement for this position. UMC and the University recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Additional information about diversity within the University of Minnesota System is available at For the diversity statement, please provide details of your professional and/or personal experiences in fostering DEI. Experiences may include: • Working with diverse communities or local organizations. • Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the curriculum. • Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into your research. • Your own educational experiences, such as courses or workshops you have participated in and how you anticipate incorporating what you have learned in your future work. Apply online at or visit for complete instructions on how to apply electronically. Calls of inquiry welcome by contacting Dr. Anthony Kern, Associate Vice Chancellor, by phone: (218) 281-8360 or email:
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