Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR, USA ūüáļūüáł

Position Details

DepartmentForest Eng/Resourcs/Mgmt (FOR)
Position TitleAssistant Professor
Job TitleAssistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics
Appointment TypeAcademic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job LocationCorvallis
Position Appointment Percent100
Appointment Basis9
Faculty StatusRegular
Tenure StatusTenure Track (Annual)
Pay MethodSalary
Recommended Full-Time Salary RangeSalary to Commensurate with Education, Training and Ex[perience
Position SummaryThe Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Tenure-Track (Annual) Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics position. 

Forest managers and policymakers must address increasing uncertainty, complexity, and risk as a consequence of climate change impacts on forest ecosystems and disturbance, shifting global markets, diversifying stakeholder values, and increasing demands to balance the provisioning of multiple ecosystem services with maintaining socio-ecological resilience across multiple ownerships and policy environments. There also is a need to address inequities in the distribution of benefits and costs of forest management and policy decisions across Oregon and the globe. We seek a colleague who can apply novel economic theory, models, and methods to address these challenges both in Oregon and beyond by informing the development of strategies and policies that foster resilient, adaptive, and sustainable forest-based social, economic, and ecological systems, while also promoting OSU and COF values related to community, inclusivity, diversity, and equity.  

The incumbent will teach 1‚Äď2 undergraduate required courses in forest economics and at least one graduate level course in the incumbent‚Äôs area of expertise. As a member of the forest management faculty, the successful candidate will be responsible for delivering quality instruction and helping to maintain accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for the Forestry and Forest Engineering undergraduate degree programs.  

The incumbent will also develop a successful research program developing and applying economic theory, models, and methods in a forestry context to inform local, regional, and global issues. Research areas may include forest and resource economics topics such as market analysis of the forest industry, supply and demand in forest products markets, risk and forest ecosystem disturbance, ecosystem services valuation, and natural resource policy. The ideal incumbent‚Äôs research will contribute to the Department‚Äôs focal areas of sustainable forest management and provide timely and relevant analysis to inform forest policy issues. Obtaining extramural research funding, success in mentoring graduate students, and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals is expected.  

FERM is a unique group of specialists in forest management, engineering, biometrics, hydrology, forest heath, fire science, wildlife ecology, policy, and silviculture, working to support sustainable forest management and policy solutions. FERM‚Äôs mission is to develop, communicate, and teach the science and engineering necessary for sustainable management of forest, land, and water resources to achieve economic, environmental, and social objectives, with benefits distributed equitably across communities and stakeholder groups. Our teaching and research emphasize all aspects of forest management to promote a variety of ecosystem services across family forestlands, industrial forestlands, public lands, and the communities that depend on them. FERM is one of three departments in the College of Forestry, a nationally and internationally recognized program of excellence in multiple aspects of forestry, social and environmental systems, and wood science. Ample opportunities exist for collaboration and cooperation across many programs in the College and University.  We seek a colleague to complement and enhance the Department‚Äôs reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and public education and outreach, and contribute to an inclusive educational and workplace environment for all learners, visitors, and employees.  
Position DutiesOregon State University is committed to maintaining and enhancing its collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. As an OSU faculty member, the incumbent is responsible for helping to ensure that these goals are achieved. 

50% Research:Conduct research and analysis in forest economics, forest products markets, natural resource economics and policy, or related areas;  Manage and maintain an externally‚Äźfunded research program, including support for graduate students; Participate as a collaborative member of the department‚Äôs Area of Concentration in Forest Policy Analysis and Economics, including supporting other faculty and mentoring students;  Synthesize and communicate research results to the scientific and forest management communities through appropriate outlets, including: refereed journal publications; scientific and professional meetings; stakeholder and policy maker outreach; continuing education programs; and web products.  40% Teaching:Teach three classes annually, one or two undergraduate courses in forests economics and an upper-level undergraduate and/or graduate course in the areas of the incumbent‚Äôs area of expertise (OSU is on the quarter system, with 10-week sessions occurring in fall, winter, and spring. Subsequent teaching assignments may be adjusted as the department‚Äôs needs evolve);  Serve as a graduate advisor for 2‚Äď4 students.  10% Service:Serve on 2‚Äď4 permanent or ad hoc Department, College, and University committees; Contribute to the Forest Policy Analysis and Economics Area of Concentration efforts and FERM decisions, including curriculum development in the Department‚Äôs undergraduate and graduate degree programs;  Participate in professional and scientific organizations;  Mentor colleagues within the FERM department, College of Forestry, and OSU;  Contribute to a welcoming and inclusive workplace environment.  
Minimum/Required QualificationsPhD or international equivalent (by date of hire) in applied, natural resource, forest, agricultural, or environmental economics, or a closely related discipline (examples include operations research or environmental or natural resources policy).  Research experience and scholarly potential in applying economic theory, models, and methods to forest systems or natural resource policy, and potential to develop and support a successful externally-funded research program. Life experience, training, and/or education that demonstrates a commitment to promoting the values and mission articulated in the College of Forestry‚Äôs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Strategic Plan and OSU‚Äôs strategic plan 4.0.  Potential to effectively teach undergraduate and graduate level courses and to mentor students.  Effective communication skills enabling collaboration with a broad spectrum of students, teachers, researchers, natural resource professionals, public officials, and external groups, including industry and family forest owners, tribes, and agencies.  This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver‚Äôs license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Preferred (Special) QualificationsEducation or work experience in the field or profession of forestry, forest economics, forest policy, or forest ecology.  Research or project experience with interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary collaboration. Demonstrated success in working with students, including teaching, training, and mentoring. Demonstrated ability or potential to work with external groups.  Demonstrated ability to engage others with respect, thoughtfulness, and good will.  A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
Working Conditions / Work ScheduleThe ability to work in the field (teaching or conducting research) will be required on an as needed basis. The ability to work in varied field and weather conditions is required as needed, this could include extensive walking/hiking on uneven ground and uncomfortable weather conditions (e.g. heat, cold, rain, wind, poison oak, heavy pollen counts).
This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities.No
Posting NumberP05083UF
Number of Vacancies1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date09/16/2022
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date12/15/2021
Full Consideration Date01/28/2022
Closing Date02/21/2022
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this searchCompetitive / External – open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to ApplicantsTo ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 28, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and  2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) A 1-2 page statement detailing your training in, experience with, and philosophy of teaching;(Load as Statement of Teaching)
 4) A 1-2 page statement summarizing your previous research experience and your future research goals, including potential interests or opportunities you see for collaboration inside and outside the Department; and,(Load as Statement of Research)
 5) A 1-2 page statement discussing how you would contribute to the College of Forestry‚Äôs goals for advancing a culture of inclusion and our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan,  https://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/upload_files/102517_CoF_DEI_plan.pdf. Your response should include a personal or professional statement of your values related to DEI; examples of past DEI efforts that demonstrate your individual actions, if any; and your future plans towards fostering a welcoming and equitable environment. (Load as Diversity Statement) Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience. Letters of Reference will be requested on finalists only.  When applying, you will be asked to provide the email address and telephone number for 3 referees who will be sent a secure quicklink that will allow them to upload the requested letters of reference on your behalf  For additional information please contact:  
 Mindy Crandall via email at [email protected]
 or via phone  541-737-7408

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver‚Äôs license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement. OSU is committed to the health of our local and global community. All employees and students are required to comply with the university‚Äôs COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Please visit https://covid.oregonstate.edu/ for additional information about OSU‚Äôs plans for safety and success, as well as options for compliance with the vaccination program.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research
  4. Statement of Teaching
  5. Diversity Statement

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