Monday, October 19, 2015

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Urban and Community Forester – Assistant Professor of Practice

The School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applicants for a nontenure-track position in Urban and Community Forestry at the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice. Initial appointment is three years and may be renewed based on successful performance and continued funding.  This 12-month position shall be 100% teaching, and is expected to develop and coordinate a nationally-recognized education program in Urban and Community Forestry.


The successful candidate will lead the development and implementation of a new U.S. Forest Service grant-funded undergraduate degree program in urban and community forestry; establish collaborations with faculty in the School of Natural Resources, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, and the Nebraska Forest Service and collaborations with stakeholders, agency and/or industry partners. Program must be recognized nationally and internally while contributing to the mission of the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources. Coordinate the teaching schedule for courses and the methodology that will be used to measure student outcomes.


This position will support curriculum development, teaching, and evaluating student outcomes for 6-8 undergraduate/graduate courses per year that included introductory and advanced topics, including introduction to forestry, dendrology, urban forest management.  Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on Academic Unit need. 


Required Qualifications:  Ph.D. in Forestry or a relevant field of study (e.g., Horticulture, Natural Resources) at time of appointment, teaching experience, proven ability to communicate effectively with students, professionals, and the general public.


Preferred Qualifications:  Experience in program development; experience teaching to both traditional and non-traditional college students in face-to-face and online courses;  experience working with management organizations (e.g., local, state, federal) whose specific interest is in urban and community forestry. 


To view details of the position and make application, go to  Search for position #F_150236.  Click on “Apply to this job.”  Complete the application.  Upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references; also upload a statement of teaching philosophy in the “other” field.  Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.  See






The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (established in 1973 by the Nebraska State Legislature to give added emphasis to agriculture and the management of natural resources in Nebraska) serves the people of Nebraska in the four-fold mission of teaching, research, extension and service.  Commonly referred to as “IANR,” the Institute is administered by the Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Natural Resources and has faculty and staff located throughout the State.  IANR faculty and staff have appointments in the following divisions:  Agricultural Research Division, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, College of Education and Human Sciences (research and extension), and Cooperative Extension Division.  Each division is administered by a Dean or Director.  The Institute comprises 15 academic units, four regional research and extension centers, several interdisciplinary centers and program units.  The IANR Vice Chancellor holds the Vice President title in the University of Nebraska system and is also administratively responsible for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis.  Visit the IANR web site at




On July 1, 2003, SNR was formed integrating the former School of Natural Resource Sciences, the Conservation and Survey Division (State Geological Survey), and the Water Center. In 2008, the Geography program joined SNR. The School houses the Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit for the Great Plains, the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the High Plains Regional Climate Center, the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies, and the Tern Plover Conservation Partnership.




Lincoln, Nebraska, a community of more than 250,000 people, offers the ambience of a friendly small town while offering attractions and entertainment opportunities of a metropolitan area.  Lincoln is a young city with a bright future of planned growth and expansion.  It is one of the fastest growing non-Sun Belt cities in the U.S. and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest.


The capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln is home to state government and the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska system.  The city also hosts Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, Southeast Community College, Doane College-Lincoln and the Kaplan University Lincoln Campus.   Lincoln has an excellent educational system and ranks in the top 20 least stressful cities in the nation for children.  Residents enjoy nationally ranked sporting events, world famous performing arts, and a variety of cultural activities.  Among the attractions: the 2,200-seat Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, four history museums, a planetarium, observatory, many private art galleries, four live-stage theater venues, a civic auditorium, the 92,000-seat Memorial Stadium, 15,147-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena, the 7,907-seat Devaney Center, and modern baseball/softball stadium facilities. The Pinnacle Bank Arena development in the Haymarket serves as a focal point for the entertainment district in downtown Lincoln, as well as the home to Nebraska Men and Women’s basketball programs.


Cost-of-living ranks 3 to 5 percent below the national average of comparable cities with among the nation’s lowest health care costs, utility bills and insurance rates.  Lincoln’s low crime rate, efficient transportation, stable business environment and advanced health care technology are a few reasons why Lincoln ranks high in livability studies.


You are invited to explore Lincoln on-line for the most current information.               University of Nebraska-Lincoln homepage      Web site for the University of Nebraska four-campus system            The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development offers extensive information on demographics, education, health care, cost of living, and tax structures.             The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce offers business and community information and a relocation directory.          The Lincoln/Lancaster County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information on attractions, entertainment, recreation, dining, shopping and transportation.           The official web site of Nebraska State Government   The official site of Lincoln City Government

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