The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University (CSU) seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level to study Arboriculture and Urban and Community Forestry. The 9-month tenure track appointment (35% research, 30% teaching, 25% Extension, and 10% service and outreach) begins as soon as August 2020. Teaching responsibilities include Hort 321 (Nursery Production & Management), Hort 464 (Arboriculture), and Hort 466 (Urban & Community Forestry). The successful applicant will be the curator of the on campus arboretum (with over 1,100 different taxa represented), work closely with campus landscape planners and community urban foresters, and participate in extension activities of relevance to Colorado stakeholders. Mentoring undergraduate students in the Nursery & Landscape Management concentration and the Urban and Community Forestry minor as well as advising graduate students are part of the position´s mentoring responsibilities. We are seeking PhD-level applicants with expertise in arboriculture and urban forestry to establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program. Candidates with a research focus that aims to understand or improve the sustainability of woody plants in stressful urban environments are encouraged to apply. The research focus of the successful candidate is expected to address applied issues relative to arboriculture and/or urban and community forestry topics to enhance the well-being of humans. Examples of potential areas of research include but are not limited to: woody plant production, the effect of trees on environmental and human health, hazard tree assessment, hazard tree management, development of innovative tree care practices, and tree, soil, and water management practices to increase resource use efficiency or post-transplant care. The position will have outstanding department support, strong research infrastructure, and access to collaborative opportunities within CSU, with CSU Research Centers throughout the state and produce industry stakeholders and growers. The CSU main campus sits at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains one hour north of metro Denver, and offers excellent access to transportation, all outdoor interests, and a wide cross-section of the horticulture industry and trade organizations.
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