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Head, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Date Posted Nov. 15, 2018
Title Head, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
University University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2019
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Forest Ecology & Management
    Environmental Science & Ecology

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) is seeking applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. This is a 12-month, tenured position located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Department Head’s responsibilities include leadership of a multidisciplinary natural resources program in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, biomass, and wood science. The Head has administrative responsibility for curriculum and academic affairs, research and Extension programs, personnel and facilities, and financial matters of the department. The Head is responsible for developing and maintaining strong working relationships with UTIA administrators and other academic departments, government agencies, industry, and the private sector. The Head is required to have the vision and personal attributes to lead a diverse faculty. The Head will help identify appropriate funding opportunities in keeping with the Land Grant mission. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources, wood science, or a closely related field with nationally recognized accomplishments in teaching, research, or Extension and evidence of a scholarly record to qualify for tenure as a full professor.

Additionally, candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • A keen appreciation of teaching, research, and Extension and disciplines within the department is necessary.
  • Experience in supervision/personnel management, fiscal management, and team leadership.
  • Skills to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Ability to provide progressive leadership for multidisciplinary programs.
  • Involvement in appropriate professional societies.
  • A strong commitment to professional development of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Evidence of effective interaction with industry, governmental, and non-governmental agencies.

Compensation is competitive and will be based on education, experience, and qualifications. UT offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular employees, including health and dental insurance, life insurance, and multiple retirement plans.

The Search Committee will review and continue to receive applications until an appointment is made. Nominations of qualified individuals are sought and should be sent via electronic means to the Chair of the Search Committee at the address shown below. Prospective candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2019. Applications should include: (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant’s qualifications and vision of departmental leadership; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; and (3) names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references that the Search Committee may contact.

Application materials should be submitted electronically as attachments to: Lois Stinnett (

Nominations and other inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Danielle Julie Carrier, Search Committee Chair
Professor and Head
Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
2506 E.J. Chapman
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4563
Phone: 865-974-7305

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Contact Information

  • Lois Stinnett
    Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
    University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
    2506 E. J. Chapman Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 865-974-7266
  • (865) 974-4514


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