GFMC: Department of Forest Sciences at Colorado State University is seeking a Fire Ecology Professor

Professor, Fire Ecology

Colorado State University, USA

7 February 2001

The Department of Forest Sciences at Colorado State University is seeking applications for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the full professor rank in the area of fire ecology. Responsibilities include teaching, research, service, and outreach.

Applicants must hold an earned doctorate with expertise in an area related to forest fire ecology. Candidates should demonstrate the capability for providing disciplinary leadership while building on Colorado State’s historic strengths in fire management and ecology. Candidates must provide evidence of a strong record of research accomplishment and publications.

The successful candidate will be expected to (1) teach undergraduate courses in support of the department’s core curriculum and develop innovative undergraduate and graduate-level courses in forest fire ecology, (2) mentor and advise students, 3) demonstrate a high likelihood of developing and sustaining a major externally-funded research program in the area of forest fire ecology, (4) strengthen partnerships with colleagues inside and outside the University, and (5) contribute to outreach activities in the area of forest fire ecology. The faculty member will also be expected to provide leadership in our program, collaborate with other faculty members, serve on committees and perform other duties normally associated with academic appointments.

Commensurate with qualifications.

Institutional Setting:
Faculty in the Department of Forest Sciences focus on the ecology and management of forested landscapes; they also participate in university programs such as the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology or Western Forest Fire Research Center. Additional information on the Department of Forest Sciences can be found at

The successful candidate will join a world-class College of Natural Resources, located in a region where fire ecology is fundamental to understanding forest landscapes and societal interactions. The CNR comprises five departments and research units such as the Center for Ecological Management of Military Lands and Natural Resource Ecology Lab.

Fort Collins is a hub for many federal and state research and management agencies, including the new federal Natural Resources Research Center, Colorado State Forest Service, USGS Midcontinent Ecological Science Center, US Forest Service, and Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Closing date for application:
Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applications should be submitted by March 15, 2001 for full consideration. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application (addressing the above qualifications and responsibilities, and including a vision statement for this position), resume, and contact information for three references to Dr. Philip N. Omi, Chair, Search Committee, Dept. of Forest Sciences, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523-1470; (970) 491-6911, FAX (970) 491-6754.


The Colorado Open Records Act may permit the University to treat your application as confidential to a limited extent. If you wish to have your application treated as confidential, to the extent permitted by law, it must be accompanied by a written request that all materials submitted be held in confidence to the extent permitted under the Colorado Open Records Act at the time it is submitted to the Search Committee.

Under the Act, applications of “finalists” become public. Finalists are those applicants selected by the Search Committee or applicants still being considered 21 days before the position is to be filled. If there are six or fewer applicants for the position, however, they are all considered “finalists” and their applications are open to public inspection immediately after the closing date.

Ethnic minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in Room 101 Student Services.  In order to assist Colorado State University in meeting its affirmative action responsibilities, ethnic minorities, women and other protected class members are encouraged to apply and to so identify themselves.


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