California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor of FORESTRY

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor of FORESTRY. A full-time, academic year, tenure-track position in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department (NRES) within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Starting date is September 10, 2020, but no later than January 4, 2021. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Cal Poly has a tradition of excellence in teaching and our motto is “Learn by Doing.” The ideal candidate will have broad forestry education and expertise in silviculture. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the following areas: silviculture, forest operations, forest ecology, and wildland fire and fuels management. Course descriptions are available at There is also the opportunity to teach related graduate courses.

In addition to teaching, successful candidates are expected to pursue research and professional activities. He/she will establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships with industry stakeholders in the forestry sector. He/she will advise and involve undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on-learning activities and research. Service activities will include participation on department, college, and university committees and instructionally related activities. The successful candidate will serve as a liaison between the NRES Department and the Director of Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch (SPR) forest in Santa Cruz County with 25% assigned time for research and outreach in support of SPR.

Support of SPR will include:

• Championing forest ecosystem management education and research at SPR
• Engaging in research at SPR
• Engaging in NR forestry courses (i.e. NR 474 – Forest Stewardship Practices, NR 475 – Senior Project Forest Stewardship)
• Supporting Operations Manager in forest management and planning, including FSC certification, timber sale planning, and CFI management
• Serving on Forest Management Advisory Group (FMAG). Meets 1-2 times per year. Approved participation in FSC and FMAG meetings are reimbursable

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Doctorate degree in Forestry, Silviculture or other related field by the starting date is required. Specialties in Forest Engineering, Forest Ecology, Forest Management, or related field preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in teaching and research (commensurate with time since degree), as well as ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching, effective communication, and interpersonal skills. The ability to be a productive team player and to interact well with peers, students, industry, government agencies, and the general public is essential. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to diversity.

Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interests in undergraduate and graduate teaching are required. Candidates must also demonstrate an ability to initiate, complete, secure external funding, and publish research.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.


Preference will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in teaching and research (commensurate with time since degree), as well as ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.


The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The NRES Department offers B.S. degrees in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences, Environmental Management and Protection, and Forestry and Natural Resources, and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Management. The programs enroll approximately 750 undergraduate students and 15 graduate students.


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) copy of unofficial transcripts (from Bachelor’s to highest degree awarded), (4) a teaching statement, (5) a research statement articulating the ways in which the candidate’s current and/or future research will support Swanton Pacific Ranch, (6) a statement describing the candidate’s experience(s) with diversity and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and (7) at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.

The selected candidate will be required to provide sealed official transcripts of highest degree awarded prior to appointment for final consideration. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2020. Applications received after that date may be considered. For questions, please contact: Dr. Richard Cobb, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407; phone (805) 756-6333; fax (805) 756-1402; Email:

Cal Poly welcomes and encourages diversity. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor of FORESTRY