Full-Time Temporary Faculty Position, Fire and Fuels Management

Full-Time Temporary Faculty Position, Fire and Fuels Management

Job category: Education

Job Type: Full Time

Arcata, California

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Full-Time Temporary Faculty Position, Fire and Fuels Management


Humboldt State University


Starting January 2022


Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources


JOB # 2223-01


Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that strives to foster an equitable and inclusive community that supports our students of diverse backgrounds. Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty, staff, and administrators of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.


DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University, the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources, and the HSU Fire Resilience Institute invites applications for a full-time, 50% teaching/50% research, one-year, temporary faculty position in Fire and Fuels Management. The successful candidate will teach Introduction to Wildland Fire and Wildland Fuels Management. Initial appointment will be for the Spring 2022 semester. Summer and Fall 2022 semester will primarily involve coordinating and conducting field research, assisting with writing publications and extramural grants. Depending on satisfactory performance evaluation, available funding, and programmatic needs there is a strong likelihood to extend employment for an additional year.


As an institution, HSU is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student- centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share HSU’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.


RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: Rank and salary are dependent upon the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Structure is available at: https://hraps.humboldt.edu/faculty-salary-schedule


Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu/forms/node/934.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. or equivalent (dissertation defended and accepted) in Forestry, Fire Ecology, Fuels Management or related field from an accredited college of university is required at the time of appointment. This position requires the ability and an enthusiasm for teaching fire and fuels management courses. Candidates also require a demonstrated record of publishing scientific research in fire ecology, fuels management, or a related field.


The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:


  • Ability and interest to teach field-based courses in fire science, ecology, and/or management;


  • Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of


individuals from diverse backgrounds;


  • Record of conducting and publishing scientific research related to fire science, ecology, or management;


  • Interest in supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate research assistants;


  • Willingness to lead and assist writing grant proposals of extramural funding; and


  • Commitment to collegiality and collaboration for the benefit of the department and the university.


Preferred qualifications for this position include:


  • Past experience teaching fire and fuels management courses;


  • Demonstrated ability to publish applied research related to fire ecology, fuels management, or related fields in respected journals;


  • Record of acquiring extramural funding for research or teaching projects; and


  • Experience in working with undergraduate or graduate student research assistants.


At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page: https://extended.humboldt.edu/international-programs/immigration/faculty.


Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.


PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence. The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members in temporary positions are teaching, maintaining office hours, and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Instructional assignments include Introduction to Wildland Fire and Wildland Fuels Management during the Spring 2022 semester. Instructional Assignments will be consistent with programmatic needs of the department and students. Candidates will conduct field and lab research, analyze data, and write publications with on-going and new research projects such as fuel treatment effectiveness and longevity in the Instructional assignments will be consistent with the Klamath Mountains, drivers of fire severity in redwood forests, and timber management impacts on fuels and fire.


GENERAL INFORMATION The Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources offers two baccalaureate degree programs in either Forestry or Rangeland Resource Science. The wildland fire management concentration within Forestry is certified by the Association for Fire Ecology and is one of the largest in the nation. We currently have about 250 majors in Forestry (218) and Rangeland Resource Science (31). We have nine tenure-line forestry faculty members, one tenure-line rangeland resources faculty member, and nine lecturers. The Forestry program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. For more information, please visit: https://fwr.humboldt.edu/


The Humboldt State University Fire Resilience Institute is a center of excellence in applied fire science and management research. With over 10 faculty members and numerous collaborators and partners in northern California, the institute is heavily engaged in research that provides workable solutions to reduce the negative impacts of wildfires on natural resources, ecosystems, and human communities, while promoting the reintroduction of cultural and ecological fire to benefit California’s natural and cultural heritage. For more information, please visit: https://fireinstitute.humboldt.edu/


Humboldt State University sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi’ni (over in the woods). The Humboldt State University campus in northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Humboldt State currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff many from local area California Indian tribes. HSU is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). For more information, please visit: www.humboldt.edu/nasp


APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio: Click here to apply: https://apptrkr.com/2542015


  • Letter of application;


  • Curriculum vitae;


  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including how it relates to supporting students who have been historically marginalized and/or minoritized;


  • Statement of Research Interests;


  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and


  • Names and contact information for three professional references.


Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.


Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of Forestry & Wildland Resources, or Humboldt State University to:


Jeff Kane, Search Committee Chair


Department of Forestry & Wildland Resources


Humboldt State University


One Harpst Street


Arcata, California 95521-8299


Phone (707) 826-5622; Email: mailto:jkane@humboldt.edu


APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 5th, 2021. Early response is encouraged.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.


HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.


It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.


A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.


Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.


New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits


If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or hsuhr@humboldt.edu


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