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Teaching Professor- Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Iowa State University
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Ames, Iowa
Job Description:

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa invites applications for a nine-month, term faculty position of Assistant Teaching Professor with responsibilities in teaching/advising (95%) and service (5%). We seek a dedicated educator, passionate about natural resource management, with broad expertise in the science and application of forestry. No research appointment exists with this position. This position’s term is for three years with the possibility of renewal.


Teaching expectations are to prepare and deliver undergraduate courses in forestry such as Forest Biology, Dendrology, History of Wood and Wood Products, Controversies in Natural Resource Management, and an undergraduate seminar (1-3 credits) focused on applicant expertise. The position also includes the opportunity to contribute to the Fall Forestry Camp, a hallmark of the ISU Forestry program that involves collaborative teaching as part of the department’s fall forestry series typically completed during a student’s sophomore year. Additional responsibilities include advising approximately 25-50 undergraduate students in the forestry major and participating in recruitment and orientation efforts on behalf of the department.


The successful candidate will exhibit excellent communication skills, a passion for working with undergraduate students, and a demonstrated capacity for adaptability and innovation in teaching.  In addition, the successful candidate will work to promote student engagement with stakeholders in the community.  They will also work effectively as a member of a faculty team to continually update and improve the content of courses and degree programs in the department. 


S or PhD Degree in Forestry or related field

Teaching experience in a school or college setting

Excellent communication skills

At least one year as course instructor or co-instructor at the university level

Teaching experience in dendrology or wood properties

Evidence of collaborative teaching experience

Experience with student-centered learning techniques

Field-based instruction experience

Extracurricular experience mentoring undergraduate students

Broadly-trained forester

Technical training of foresters first began at Iowa State University in 1904, and the forestry program has been accredited by the Society of American Foresters since 1935.  The formation of the ISU Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) Department through the merger of the Forestry and Animal Ecology Departments in 2004 has fostered greater opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in research and education as management of natural resources continues to evolve. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the world’s leading institutions of agriculture, with more than 160 years of leadership in science, education and extension. The college educates future leaders, conducts mission-oriented research and shares new knowledge for the betterment of Iowa and the world. The college is one of eight colleges at Iowa State University, which is one of the most influential land grant universities in the nation.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

4) Teaching Statement

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