Assistant Professor of Fire Science, The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University

Job Vacancy Announcement

Assistant Professor of FireScience

The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University

Vacancy Number: 554776
Date Posted: 01/13/2005
Department: School of Forestry
Status: Full-Time, Regular – Faculty
Location: Flagstaff

Job Description

  • The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Fire Science. This is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment with an initial allocation of 60% teaching, 30% research and 10% service responsibilities.
  • Teaching will be at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as advising students. Offer specialized courses in wildland fire science and in specific areas of expertise. Undergraduate teaching responsibilities include portions of the forest ecology and management modules of the junior-year professional forestry program.
  • Research includes development of external funding sources, advising of M.S. and Ph.D. students, and peer-reviewed publication of research results. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program that is supported by externally funded grants.
  • All faculty members have service responsibilities to the School, University, and professional organizations. The successful candidate is expected to take a leadership role in involvement in local and regional initiatives in wildland fire.
  • The anticipated start date of this position is Fall of 2005, but the committee may consider a start date of Spring 2006.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. with an emphasis in wildland fire science or a related area.
  • Demonstrated success in research (including securing external funding and producing scholarly publications).
  • Demonstrated success in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

We are seeking a dynamic faculty member to advance new initiatives in fire science in the Southwest, integratingfire/fuels/ecosystem management.
The preferred candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • B.S. in forestry or 3 years experience in forestry and/or fire management.
  • Expertise in quantitative methods (e.g. fire behavior modeling, GIS,or remote sensing, field samping).
  • Practical experience with wildland fire.
  • Interest in working with public and private land managers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working effectively within a diverse learning environment, which includes Native American or Hispanic populations.
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

General Information

  • The School of Forestry offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in forestry. Our unique undergraduate program is nationally recognized for isintegration of disciplines and forest resources through team teaching. Our location in the ponderosa pine forest of northern Arizona and our proximity to life zones ranging from Sonoran desert to alpine tundra provide an ideal place to teach and conduct research. Our well-equipped facility jointly houses the School of Forestry (, the Ecological Restoration Institute ( and a USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station. Flagstaff is located on the Colorado Plateau, a region that has a heritage rich in Hispanic and Native American cultures. NAU builds on this heritage with programs such as the Applied Indigenous Studies and the Native American Forestry Program which are central to its mission if outreach and service to rural Arizona.
  • The Northern Arizona University community is composed of faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of culturally diverse backgrounds. Applicants should be committed to working with a diverse student population.
  • A criminal and employment history background check will be performed prior to employment offer.


  • $45,000-$48,000 for a nine-month academic year contract.

Application Deadline

  • The search will remain open until the position is filled or closed. Applications will be reviewed starting February 15, 2005.

Application Procedure

  • To apply, please send a letter of interest that clearly address all qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a listing of relevant course work grouped by area of expertise, evidence of teaching experience, and the names and contact information for three professional references. 
    Pleasesend all materials to: 

    Peter Fule
    Chair, Forestry Search Committee
    School of Forestry 
    Northern Arizona University
    Box 15018, 
    Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5018. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Fule, 928.523.1463, or <>


  •  Exempt

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged toapply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. 


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