Assistant Professor, Forest Fire Ecology and Managment

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Professor, Forest Fire Ecology and Managment
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0160174
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Recognizing that fire is an important component of the ecology and management of forests, the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track teaching and research appointment in Fire Ecology and Management, with emphasis on forest ecosystems. Specific research foci may vary, but might include ecology, critical ecosystems, carbon cycling, and forest regeneration and dynamics

We are committed to promoting the Virginia Tech Principles of Community (, and we invite applications from individuals who believe they may contribute to the educational benefits of an inclusive, culturally diverse program.

Responsibilities include the following:

- Teach undergraduate course(s) in forest fire ecology and management
- Teach at the graduate level in area of specialty
- Conduct innovative research that applies concepts of forest fire ecology to land management and sustainability, and results in peer-reviewed publication in high quality journals
- Support graduate students and research programs with external grants and contracts
- Advise undergraduate students and supervise graduate students
- Participate in department and university service
- Foster diversity and an inclusive atmosphere in the curriculum and department

Required Qualifications:

- Ph.D. with emphasis in forest fire ecology and management is required at the time of appointment.
- Applicants must have strong promise for developing an outstanding program of teaching and research.

Preferred Qualifications:

- At least one degree in forestry.

- Demonstrated ability to integrate or demonstrated interest in integrating multicultural perspectives in teaching, scholarship and/or outreach.

Employment Conditions:
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Employment Comments:

Anticipated hire date is August 10, 2017. Review of applications will begin on or about January 31, 2017, and continue until a suitable applicant is selected.

Requests for confidentiality will be respected.

For additional information about this position, please contact:

Dr. Jay Sullivan, Search Committee Chair
(540) 231-4356

How to Apply for this Job:

Online application is required. Please go to apply, please go to, Posting #TR0160174.The following supporting documents are also required: (1) letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) teaching and research statement (4) university transcripts*, and (5) names and contact information of three professional references.

*Official transcript for highest degree earned will be required prior to the start of employment.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with education and experience
Department: Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 12/12/2016
Review Begin Date: 01/31/0017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Transcript
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