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Director of the Wood Utilization and Design Institute

Clemson University
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Job Type:
Full Time
South Carolina
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Job Description:
  • Attracting new business and industry to South Carolina
  • Providing education and training, research and development, and direct marketing of wood-based technical solutions
  • Developing forest management protocols to grow trees with higher-quality fiber
  • Engineering groundbreaking manufacturing and construction processes for wood-based products, resins, adhesives, and fasteners

WU+D also enhances the educational and career opportunities of Clemson students by:

  • Preparing the next generation of architects, contractors, engineers, foresters, and material wood scientists
  • Creating an experiential learning environment where students test products they have developed through installation in prototype buildings



Clemson University seeks a highly accomplished and visionary professional to lead the WU+D.  The successful candidate will have academic credentials and/or professional experience in wood science, wood products, or wood engineering, that will allow the applicant to be appointed to Professor rank.  Knowledge of forest management and sustainability of forests related to wood products is required.  The successful faculty candidate will have achieved a record of scholarly activity appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor.  For candidates whose careers have been non-academic, it is expected that they will have reached the highest levels of activity consistent with their individual path.


Preference will be given to candidates with forest products research and development experience, evidence of collaborative work, leadership capability, lecturing and presentation skills, and a demonstrated ability to secure external funding from diverse sources to support an active, interdisciplinary research program.  Experience working for or with the forest products industry is highly desirable. 

How to Apply:

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted through this link before November 19, 2023.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications should include:


  1. a detailed curriculum vitae
  2. a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, as well as the applicant’s motivation to apply
  3. contact information for three-five references (these will not be contacted until later in the search process)


Inquiries and nominations can be submitted confidentially to Todd Petty (


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