Professor of Practice in Forest and Grassland Ecology

South Dakota Board of Regents
Spearfish, South Dakota, US
Jul 28, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Professor of Practice in Forest and Grassland Ecology

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Logo Institution Black Hills State University Working Title Professor of Practice in Forest and Grassland Ecology Posting Number F00751P Department BHSU-School of Natural Sciences Physical Location of Position (City) Spearfish Posting Text

Black Hills State University invites applicants for a full-time, renewable Professor of Practice faculty term position in Forest and Grassland Ecology beginning August 2021.


The successful candidate will develop and teach new courses in Silviculture and Forest Management and Plant Ecophysiology and Soils, with additional teaching responsibilities in support of natural sciences majors, the MS program in Sustainability. We seek broadly-trained candidates who complement existing strengths in the School of Natural Sciences; individuals with expertise in forest ecology, forest management, pests/diseases, GIS/GPS methods, or global change are especially encouraged to apply. Opportunities including shaping and growing this new program, work with regional agency industry stakeholders to build awareness of career opportunities, and prepare students for employment in the forestry sector. Primary responsibilities include successful teaching, participation in student recruitment and advising in support of the new Forest and Grassland Ecology program, scholarship affiliated with forest ecosystems, and service aligned with professional opportunities for students.


* A PhD in Forestry, Natural Areas Management, Biology or related field. MS in above disciplines with minimum 10 years professional experience will also be considered.


* The successful applicant must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


Applications must be made online at Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, statement of proposed research, transcripts and names and contact information for at least three professional references. Letters of reference/recommendation are not accepted. (Please note, you may need to combine documents into one file to upload into the system.) This position is open until filled with a first review date of July 6, 2021 at 11PM (mountain time). For application assistance, contact Human Resources at 605.642.6549. Please direct all inquiries regarding the position to Abigail Domagall, search committee chair, at

Black Hills State University is an EEO/AA employer. Employment is dependent upon a satisfactory background check.

The School of Natural Sciences at Black Hills State University is a vibrant, growing division with approximately 23 faculty members in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental physical science. Faculty emphasize undergraduate teaching and advising, and conduct research involving students in multiple biological disciplines. Projects are funded through a variety of state wildlife, federal agency and partnership grants, and utilize the largest Herbarium in the state, an electron microscope and multiple well-equipped laboratories on campus, in addition to the Black Hills State University Underground Campus (BHUC) at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD. The Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources is a shared research laboratory containing research space and commonly used equipment required for genetics and genomics research. WestCore is a Genetics/Genomics sequencing core facility that provides services including NextGen genome, transcriptome, and Sanger sequencing, genotyping, and quantitative real-time PCR services; WestCore also houses a cell culture area and an RNA isolation room. The BHUC houses Sanford Lab's low-background counting facility, a class-1,000 cleanroom, and an adjoining workspace available for use in a variety of disciplines. Managed by BHSU, the underground campus partners with groups around the globe to create unique opportunities for collaborative research in physics, chemistry, biology and geophysics.

For further information on the campus and program, applicants are invited to visit our website at

Posting Date 06/22/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes First Consideration Date 07/06/2021 Advertised Salary $72,000 - $76,000 DOE/Q Duration of the Term 12 months If Other, describe duration Appointment Percent 100% Tenure Status Term Proposed Rank Multiple Rank Work Hours Typical Hours Worked Per Week Appointment Type Regular Scope of Search External (includes Internal) If internal, define scope of search Department Description and Cultural Expectations

Black Hills State University is a masters-level state university with more than 3,600 students. The campus leads the region in sustainability efforts and maintains top academic programs in business (AACSB Accredited), exercise science, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, mass communication, health sciences and education. The University, founded in 1883, is located in the northern Black Hills, a region abundant with outdoor activity and culture. Spearfish, S.D., is recognized as one of the top 10 most livable small towns in the USA and has also been recognized nationally for outdoor recreational opportunities. A second location, BHSU-RC, is in Rapid City, the state's second-largest city. BHSU, a member of NCAA Division II athletics, offers 14 sports, and has a legacy of champion rodeo teams.

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