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Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670010090 Horticulture Natural Resources
Job no: 504709
Work type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Education / Instructional

About This Role:

Assistant Professor of Park Management & Conservation (PMC), Full-time (12-month), tenure-track (70% teaching, 30% research), with expertise in natural resources conservation and park and protected area management



*  Teach undergraduate courses in PMC in several of the following topic areas: Environmental Education, Environmental Interpretation, Natural Resources Management, and Outdoor Recreation Management.

* Contribute to the PMC graduate program, either through teaching an existing class on outdoor recreation behavior or research methods, or developing a new graduate class based on expertise.

* The candidate will advise PMC undergraduate students, contribute to student recruitment, and advise a student organization affiliated with the department.


*  Develop an active, nationally-recognized research program that includes developing extramural sources of funding and publishing in peer reviewed national and international journals. We anticipate that the research will be highly collaborative and interdisciplinary. Advising and the professional development of M.S. and Ph.D. students is required. Participation in service associated with natural resource conservation is expected, including involvement with professional organizations.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources originated in 1871 making it one of the first and oldest departments at Kansas State University.  Today, as our mission statement underscores that we are committed to educating outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, contributing significant research results to solve problems associated with our disciplines, and providing our constituencies across the state, region and nation with excellent extension programs.

Our diverse department conducts its activities at a variety of locations with facilities on the main campus in Manhattan and outlying research and education centers.

Kansas State University (KSU) has a student enrollment of 24,000 and 1,400+ full­time faculty members. It is located in Manhattan (The Little Apple), a culturally vibrant community of 55,000 people, surrounded by the Flint Hills regions of the state. KSU rates as a Top 10 college town by the American Institute for Economic Research. The Princeton Review placed KSU in the Top 10 for several individual categories, including town and gown relationship (#3), best quality of life (#4), and happiest students (#8).  Additionally, KSU is a national leader among public universities in the total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall prestigious scholarship winners.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Earned PhD degree by time of employment in a field related to natural resource conservation and/or protected area management;
  • Research and teaching experience related to natural resource conservation and/or protected area management;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as a contributing team member;
  • A publication record commensurate with experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and assessment of undergraduate and graduate students in nature-based tourism, recreation management, or other aspects of natural resource management.
  • Established record of external grant funding and experience in grant budget management;
  • Publications in national/international peer reviewed journals;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with natural resource agencies;
  • Strong quantitative skills;
  • An expert skill set in addressing tangible questions that can be applied to natural resource conservation and management

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of Application addressing the position description, qualifications and experience
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Complete contact information for at least three (3) professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.


Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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