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Assistant Professor, Arboriculture

Location: Fort Collins, CO
Salary: $75,000-$85,000

The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University (CSU) seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level to study Arboriculture and Urban and Community Forestry. The 9-month tenure track appointment (35% research, 30% teaching, 25% Extension, and 10% service and outreach) begins as soon as August 2020. Teaching responsibilities include Hort 321 (Nursery Production & Management), Hort 464 (Arboriculture), and Hort 466 (Urban & Community Forestry). The successful applicant will be the curator of the on campus arboretum (with over 1,100 different taxa represented), work closely with campus landscape planners and community urban foresters, and participate in extension activities of relevance to Colorado stakeholders. Mentoring undergraduate students in the Nursery & Landscape Management concentration and the Urban and Community Forestry minor as well as advising graduate students are part of the position´s mentoring responsibilities. We are seeking PhD-level applicants with expertise in arboriculture and urban forestry to establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program. Candidates with a research focus that aims to understand or improve the sustainability of woody plants in stressful urban environments are encouraged to apply. The research focus of the successful candidate is expected to address applied issues relative to arboriculture and/or urban and community forestry topics to enhance the well-being of humans. Examples of potential areas of research include but are not limited to: woody plant production, the effect of trees on environmental and human health, hazard tree assessment, hazard tree management, development of innovative tree care practices, and tree, soil, and water management practices to increase resource use efficiency or post-transplant care. The position will have outstanding department support, strong research infrastructure, and access to collaborative opportunities within CSU, with CSU Research Centers throughout the state and produce industry stakeholders and growers. The CSU main campus sits at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains one hour north of metro Denver, and offers excellent access to transportation, all outdoor interests, and a wide cross-section of the horticulture industry and trade organizations.

Required Job Qualifications

• Ph.D. in horticulture or a closely related field (e.g., urban forestry/forestry and urban ecology)

• Demonstrated experience in arboriculture and/or urban forestry

• Evidence of teaching and communication skills in a classroom setting

• Grant writing experience

• Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications of original research

• Professional experience or training relevant to extension

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Previous academic appointment, post-doctoral, or professional experience

• Record of effective undergraduate curriculum development, teaching, and mentoring, with experience in experiential learning methods

• Research experience in arboriculture and/or urban forestry

• Proven excellence in verbal and written communication (including a scientific, peer-reviewed publication record appropriate for the applicant’s career stage) in arboriculture and urban forestry related topics

• Evidence of impactful outreach and extension experience, including demonstrated ability to interact with stakeholders and growers

• Demonstrated ability to successfully attract research funding

• Evidence of team-building skills, capacity for successful collaboration, and potential to manage multidisciplinary research and education projects

• Desire and ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

Special Instructions to Applicants      

Apply online at          

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by 12 midnight (MST), Wednesday, 15 January 2020. Applicants should upload the following:

1) A cover letter addressing intent to apply for position and addressing the required and preferred qualifications listed in the full position description,

2) Comprehensive CV including grant and publication record,

3) Unofficial academic transcripts for all degrees,

4) Statement (2-pages maximum) of professional teaching, research, and extension philosophy (upload under “Other”), and

5) Names, email addresses and phone numbers for three references who may be contacted by the search committee.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Background Check Policy Statement      

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.  The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 201 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-8004, (970) 491-5312.  The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement      

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact  Bill Bauerle,, 970-491-4088

Employer Info

301 University Ave.
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523


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