Assistant Professor - Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability

Athens, Georgia
Jul 21, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR—Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

The University of Georgia

Position and Responsibilities: This is an academic year (9-month, 0.75-EFT), tenure-track, 0.50-EFT research, 0.25-EFT teaching appointment offered at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position is a split appointment between the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) (33%) and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (Warnell) (67%), and is located at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, GA. We seek a colleague with teaching and research interests in policy, economics, management, sustainability, or life-cycle assessment of forest and other natural resources. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at least one class in the general area of natural resource conservation at the undergraduate level and one class of the candidate’s expertise at the graduate level. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing a well-recognized research program capable of attracting graduate students and external funding. Candidates must be committed to collaborating with diverse groups within and outside of the University, including students, faculty, state and federal agencies, NGOs, forest landowners, forest products manufacturers, and other private sector entities. The successful candidate will advise undergraduate students, mentor graduate students, serve on Warnell/University committees, and participate in professional/scientific societies.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in natural resources or a related discipline prior to the starting date of this position (Fall 2018), and have a strong quantitative/qualitative research background. At least one refereed publication in forest certification and sustainable utilization of forest/natural resources is preferable. Candidates must demonstrate the ability and commitment to effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

The University: UGA ( is a land grant/sea grant institution comprised of 17 schools and colleges. Enrollment is about 35,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and is located about 60 miles northeast of metropolitan Atlanta.

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: The tenure home of the successful candidate will be in Warnell at the main UGA campus in Athens, GA. Warnell is a professional school with about 64 faculty, 350 undergraduates, and 200 graduate students ( Warnell offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in a wide array of natural resources disciplines. Warnell has a 740-acre forest less than 15 minutes from campus and about 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching and research. A research group of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station is located on campus near Warnell.

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory: SREL ( is a research unit of UGA located on the nearly 200,000-acre Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility in South Carolina, 130 miles from UGA. With a staff of more than 100 faculty, postdocs, research professionals, technicians, and graduate students, the laboratory pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. SREL also provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research training, and service to the community through environmental outreach. Throughout its over 60 years of history, SREL has strived to acquire and communicate knowledge that contributes to sound ecological stewardship.

Application: To ensure full consideration, candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, copies of up to three recent relevant publications, and contact information for three references. Review of complete applications will begin on Sep 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Individuals considered for potential interviews will be required to submit official college transcripts and three reference letters. University policy requires all candidates to consent to a background investigation ( Finalists will be required to provide a signed consent form authorizing the University to conduct a background check. The background investigation will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis. The starting date is negotiable but no later than Aug 2018. All applicants MUST apply online at No paper applications will be accepted. For further questions, please contact Bin Mei (, Chair, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability Search Committee, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2152.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.