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Assistant Professor of Forest Health with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA

Type of position This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching (50%) and research (50%).
Employer Virginia Tech
Description of Employer Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
Location Blacksburg, VA
Salary Competitive
Closing date of competition November 10, 2022
Date position available now
Description of duties

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in forest health. The successful candidate will build an outstanding and internationally recognized research program focused on biotic threats (insect pests, pathogens, and/or invasive plants) to forest health. The selected candidate will have a passion to instruct and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and will complement departmental strengths in physiology, genomics, ecology, wildland fire ecology, silviculture, management, urban forestry, human dimensions, and geospatial analysis.

This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching (50%) and research (50%). The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in forest health, which may include forest pathology, forest entomology, and/or invasive species. Mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students is required. Participation in departmental, college, and university affairs is expected.

The department values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning and research environment that embraces all students, faculty, and staff. We encourage applications from persons identifying with groups currently underrepresented in forest resources and environmental conservation, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latinx, people of color, and underrepresented genders.

Qualifications sought

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. in forestry, forest pathology, forest entomology, forest pest/pathogen ecology, or a related field, by the time of appointment
• Commitment to fostering and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive teaching and learning community
• Prior high-quality contributions to the peer-reviewed literature in forest health


Preferred Qualifications

• Experience teaching lecture, lab, and/or field-based courses in forest health
• Potential to attract research funding adequate to support an active research program, including graduate students
• Potential for collaboration with state or federal agencies, NGOs, and/or private industry

Contact for additional information General questions and inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Jason Holliday, [email protected], chair of the search committee.
Application procedure  
Submit what Candidates must apply online at https://jobs.vt.edu/

Application materials should include the following information:

-Cover letter expressing a statement of interest in the position
-Curriculum vitae
-Statement of teaching experience, philosophy and interests
-Statement of research interests in the field of Forest Health
-Statement of contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
-Names, titles, and complete contact information for three references

Submit to Candidates must apply online at https://jobs.vt.edu/