Assistant Professor, Spring 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Assistant Professor, Spring 2022

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Jun 16, 2021

The Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Forest Economics and Management. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position, with a split appointment of 65% research and 35% teaching, located within the UT Institute of Agriculture on the Knoxville campus, available to start January 2022. We are seeking candidates with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:  Duties include engaging in scholarly activities related to instruction and research that generate publications in high quality, refereed journals, and presentations at professional meetings and academic conferences; securing extramural funding and establishing an internationally-recognized research program in forest economics and management; teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of forest economics and management; and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.  Possible research areas include forest management economics, full-cost accounting and lifecycle analysis of wood products and forest-based biomaterials, modeling economic impacts of forest disturbance (e.g. disease, wildfire, invasive species, climate change), assessing sustainability of forest products markets and trade at multiple scales, assessing the financial performance of climate-smart forestry practices, and economic analysis of ecosystem services and non-timber forest products.

The successful candidate will work with interdisciplinary teams on the economic considerations in conservation and resource management, and be committed to the Land Grant University mission of teaching, research and outreach. In addition to interacting with interdisciplinary faculty within the department, the incumbent will have the opportunity to collaborate with natural resource and environmental economists in the University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Department of Economics, and the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, as well as research foresters and scientists at the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Southern Region Headquarters. 


Required Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in forest economics or related field and at least one degree in forestry. The doctoral degree must be completed prior to the date of employment; those with all but dissertations (ABD) are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:  Post-doctoral or faculty experience that includes teaching, advising, and mentoring college students, along with a strong background or interest in international work. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated success in securing extramural funding, and collaborating in current emphasis areas or contributing to emerging research and teaching initiatives at the department and institute level.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching philosophies, copies of transcripts, and full contact information of three professional references.

Cover letters may be addressed to Dr. Neelam C. Poudyal, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Review of applications will begin July 31, 2021.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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