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Assistant or Associate Professor of Silviculture

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Department: College Forest Resources & Envr Sci
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Forestry, Sciences

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University ( invites applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of Silviculture. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position at Michigan Technological University. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Develop a vigorous, externally funded research program in silviculture and forest vegetation dynamics.

Mentor undergraduate students and advise graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. level.

Integrate safety practices into daily activities and learn about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Participate in College and University committees.

Teach undergraduate courses in silviculture and graduate courses in the candidate's area of interest.

The undergraduate teaching responsibility includes two synergistic classes in silviculture, one tailored to our majors in Forestry and the other tailored to majors in other natural resource disciplines including Wildlife, Ecology, and Conservation. Both classes involve instruction in a field setting at the College’s field campus at the Ford Center and Forest ( as an integral part of a semester-long integrated field practicum.

The successful candidate will contribute to the College’s vision as a premier, national center of excellence in natural resources and environmental science education, research, and outreach. 

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in silviculture, or a closely related field, at the time of appointment

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

We are seeking a colleague whose research interests are centered on silviculture, with linkages to ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling, timber and other bioproducts, bioenergy, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, climate change adaptation, recreation, and cultural, aesthetic, or spiritual values.

A record of research and scholarship in silviculture including publications in peer-reviewed journals

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience teaching courses in silvics, silviculture, or managed forest vegetation dynamics.

Postdoctoral research experience and training.

Successful development of competitive externally funded grants.

Additional certification or other credentials relevant to the practice of forestry.

Experience or background in resource management including experience interacting with industrial land owners, conservation organizations, and natural resource agencies.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

The ability to teach effectively at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The ability to communicate effectively with students, professionals, and the general public.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

For consideration, the applicant should submit: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of teaching interest and philosophy; 4) research statement; and 5) diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. Applicants will be asked to supply contact information for three reference providers. Details on the process for applying are available at Review of applications begins February 15, 2021 and continues until the position is filled.

For more information about the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, please visit: Specific questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Molly Cavaleri,

Additional Information

Michigan Tech’s College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is one of the most productive forest research programs in the country. Our College consists of approximately 28 instructional faculty and an additional 35 research and support personnel. We enroll approximately 200 undergraduate and 70 graduate students with a goal of significantly increasing these numbers in the next few years. The College is particularly well known for its excellence in the fields of forestry, applied ecology, forest molecular genetics, and wildlife ecology and conservation.

Opportunities exist for collaborations with the USFS Northern Research Station – Climate, Fire and Carbon Cycle Science research unit (, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (, the Ecosystem Science Center (, the Great Lakes Research Center (, the Wood Protection/Sustainable Bioproducts Group (, and other centers, institutes and faculty across campus.

Located in Houghton, on the shore of Lake Superior, Michigan Tech is consistently ranked as one of the safest college towns in the United States. Houghton offers a friendly, affordable living environment with excellent opportunities for exceptional, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. The University land holdings include a 600-acre forested recreation area with world-class Nordic ski trails, mountain biking, and hiking trails, and an additional 5000 acres including the Ford Center and Forest, a satellite campus, field station, and diverse research forest. Michigan Tech properties are available for recreation, teaching, and research activities.

Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals.

We are an ADVANCE Institution having thrice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce; we offer career exploration advice and assistance finding positions at the University and in the local community.  Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview; additional details on dual-career exploration in our Partner Engagement Program can be found at Partner-Engagement.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format should contact Human Resources at or 906/487-2280

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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