Instructor - Forest Resources Management - #T10080

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Instructor - Forest Resources Management - #T10080


Geosciences & Natural Resources

Position Summary:

The Natural Resource Conservation and Management (NRCM) program at Western Carolina University seeks an Instructor to teach a combination of introductory courses in support of the University Liberal Studies program, and introductory to advanced courses in support of the NRCM major.

This is a nine-month fixed-term position with an expected begin work date of August 2021. Review of applications will begin on or about March 15, 2021 and will continue until a candidate has been selected.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and provide experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students. We desire candidates who can increase the instructional capacity of the NRCM program, and who can offer courses across the NRCM curriculum. The teaching load also includes participation in WCU’s general education curriculum.

The NRCM program is housed in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources, which is home to 4 degree programs. The primary responsibility is to teach 4 courses per semester (12 credit hours) including introductory courses such as Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation and Management, Methods in Natural Resource Management, and advanced courses such as Natural Resource Measurements and Forest Management. In addition to teaching, Instructors are responsible for service contributions to the department and university as assigned each academic year by the Geosciences and Natural Resources Department Head in consultation with the Instructor.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

Masters degree in forestry, natural resources, or related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in forestry, natural resources, or related discipline.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

All applicants must apply online. Hard copy application materials will not be considered. Applications must include
1) resume/curriculum vitae;
2) cover letter;
3) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests,
4) names and contact information for 3 references, and
5) unofficial transcripts from terminal degree.

For more information or questions, go to or contact Dr. Diane Styers ([email protected]; phone 828.227.3819).

Review of applications will begin on or about March 15, 2021 and continue until the search is complete.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 2/10/2021
Application Due: 5/11/2021
Work Type: Full Time