Job Details

Western Carolina University
  • Position Number: 4592816
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

Assistant Professor - Natural Resource Conservation & Management 000177

Western Carolina University

Department: Geosciences & Natural Resources

About WCU: Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 "Americas Best Employers by State" list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of Americas Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC systems westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCUs main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nations most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans - eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.

Position Summary: This position is located on the Cullowhee Campus.

Faculty in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources (GNR) at Western Carolina University (WCU) are seeking applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management position to begin August 2024.

We seek candidates with a background in forestry or a closely related field and are especially interested in candidates with a focus on fire ecology. Courses to be taught include forest management and silviculture as well as dendrology, natural resource measurements, and other topics related to the candidate's area of expertise. The teaching load also includes participation in WCU's general education curriculum. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and the ability to develop a research program that provides experiential learning opportunities for our students as well as service to the community.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this position:

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD in a related field at the time of hire; ABD candidates with a completion date of August 2024 will be considered during the application process.

Preferred Qualifications:

Position Type: Permanent Full-Time

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications must be submitted online and include;1) a resume/curriculum vitae,2) a cover letter,3) transcripts from all degrees (unofficial acceptable),4) a statement of teaching philosophy (maximum 2 pages),5) a statement of research interests that includes contributions to silviculture and potential student involvement (maximum 2 pages), and6) complete contact information for 4 references.Please contact the search chair, Aimee Rockhill ( if you have specific questions about the position or see for more general information.Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

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