Assistant/Associate Professor of Forest Economics & Management

The Department of Forestry & Natural Resources at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, seeks applicants for an assistant/associate professor of forest economics and management.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a tenure-track, academic-year position. The successful candidate will be expected to: 1) teach two upper division undergraduate courses (forest economics and forest resources management) and 2) develop a leading research and/or extension program in forest resources management and/or economics that addresses critical issues at the state, national, and/or international levels. The balance of research and/or extension will be negotiated depending on candidate’s interest and background. Interdisciplinary collaboration across the department’s diverse natural resources faculty will be essential. Depending on the candidate’s interest, a courtesy appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics is possible.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in natural resource management or economics, with a focus on forest resource issues. Candidates should have 1) previous experience successfully teaching university courses; 2) demonstrated scholarship in research and/or extension through publication in refereed journals, 3) demonstrated success or the potential to develop a vigorous, extramurally funded research and/or extension program, and 4) demonstrated success working on research teams addressing multidisciplinary problems. Undergraduate or graduate training and/or work experience in forestry is strongly preferred.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience, qualifications, and previous accomplishments.

ABOUT PURDUE: Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is a diverse department and emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches across a broad spectrum of natural resource subjects, including forestry, wildlife, fisheries and aquatic sciences, wood science, ecology, and natural resource social sciences (​). The department hosts several research partnerships, most notably the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center with the U.S. Forest Service, state, and non-governmental cooperators, and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program with the University of Illinois and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The department also has two large private endowments (Wright and van Eck) that support research, teaching, and extension activities in forest resources.

Interaction with faculty within Discovery Park ( is ongoing and encouraged. The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked number 5 globally in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment focused on excellence in all we do.

Purdue is an ADVANCE institution ( The College has 11 academic departments and includes 337 faculty, 2736 undergraduate students, and 699 graduate students.  College of Agriculture Strategic Plan link is availbe to view. 

CLOSING DATE: September 30, 2017 or until filled.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit: 1) letter of application; 2) statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages maximum); 3) statement of research and/or extension interests (2 pages maximum); and 3) curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication list and the names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Mike Saunders, via telephone (765-430-1440) or email ( Application packets should be emailed to Marlene Mann ( A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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