Monthly Archives: August 2013

Turn a Phrase

Sharpen the saw. It can often be heard from the mouths of leaders, managers and business people, along with the occasional “motivational” speaker, but what does it really mean? In many of our lives it can simply mean that, go to the filing room at the mill and sharpen the saw blades. It can also mean that one needs to look at their own lives and sharpen the skills, the relationships and the focus of their lives. As we move into September, think about what sharpen the saw means to you and put it into practice.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure Track Starker Chair at Oregon State


Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure Track
Starker Chair in Private & Family Forestry and
Extension Specialist – Forest Economics, Management & Policy
Dept. of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management
College of Forestry
Oregon State University, Corvallis

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management at Oregon State University ( in Corvallis, Oregon seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in the area of Forest Economics, Management and Policy. This is the Starker Chair in Private & Family Forestry, funded in part by a gift provided to the College of Forestry by Elizabeth Starker Cameron in 1994. This is a 1.00 FTE, 12-month tenure-track position with anticipated start date of 1 January, 2014.

We seek candidates with strong technical and interpersonal skills, a dedication to teaching both students at the university and adult audiences through the significant Extension portion of the position, and potential for success in research and scholarly activities. This position is designed to focus on extension, teaching, and research related to private and family forestry issues in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Subject areas for the extension, teaching, and research programs may include investment analyses of various forest management and silvicultural applications; analyses of state and federal incentive programs; payments for ecosystem services; state and federal taxation; implications of state and federal policy and regulations; estate planning, including family inter-generational planning; marketing of traditional and non-timber forest products, including under-developed goods and services from private forests; forest certification; conservation easements and other tools for forest conservation; new tools and approaches for forest management planning, including mentored management planning; forest business; and other human-dimension and social aspects of managing private and family forests. Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree with one or more degrees in fields relevant to forest management, economics, and/or policy. Other requirements include a demonstrated ability to deliver educational programs to diverse audiences and strong communications skills. Position is 50% Extension, 25% research, 20% teaching, and 5% professional service. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Application procedure: To view the posting and apply, go to and search for posting #0011203 or contact Dr. James E. Johnson, Associate Dean, at 541-737-8954 ( Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 54,500 in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S., as well as among the most environmentally responsible. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Products,Mississippi State University

The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University is seeking to fill a 9- or 12-month, Tenure-track, fulltime, Assistant Professor Position with research, teaching and service responsibilities in the area of Sustainable Bioproducts, within the Department of Forest Products. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with expertise and high potential in fundamental aspects of biotechnology, nanotechnology, engineered composites, chemistry, or similar. The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning in either wood science/forest products/sustainable bioproducts or an allied scientific discipline such as engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, or other as appropriate. experience is preferred in forest products/sustainable bioproducts or a related field with respect to proposing; securing extramural funding; conducting, producing, and publishing applied and basic research results. Primary responsibilities include: develop and conduct a program of research in forest products/sustainable bioproducts with an emphasis on research and development in nanotechnology, biotechnology, engineering, wood chemistry and durability, life cycle analysis, or related field; build a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program; collaborate within the Forest Products Department, College of Forest Resources and university as well as with external stakeholders such as industry, other universities, government and nongovernmental organizations; teach undergraduate and graduate courses as appropriate, advise undergraduate and graduate students, assist in programmatic student advising, curriculum development, and other departmental responsibilities as appropriate. The applicant must demonstrate strong communication skills and will be expected to develop a national reputation in sustainable bioproducts as well as maintain a focus on adding value to state- and regional-based stakeholders; namely those related to timber conversion. MSU is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Application Process:
All applicants must apply on line at Must complete the Personal Data Information Form, and will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of professional recommendation, and transcripts of all college work.
Official transcripts will be required from the successful candidate. Application reviews will begin October 1, 2013.

Mississippi State University is an AA/EOE.

Five Assistantships available for MS or PhD level degrees at Mississippi State University

The Forest Products Department at Mississippi State University anticipates openings for 5 or more new graduate students during the 2013-2014 academic years. Assistantships will be for either M.S. or Ph.D. level degrees. Openings are in the disciplines of lumber testing and modeling, engineered composites, wood protection and durability, molecular biology, bioenergy, environmental aspects, furniture production, wood quality, sustainability or related areas. These positions offer competitive financial assistantships, waived tuition, and health insurance benefits. Graduates of the program work in areas such as in government research, in academic positions at universities, as policy makers, in conversion facility leadership, as consultants, in non-governmental organizations, and as corporate executives throughout the world.

The Forest Products Department provides teaching, research, and service to students, industry, and the general public through a variety of delivery methods. Students currently in the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds and from locations around the USA and all over the world. This multicultural student body allows for learning beyond the science that is taught in the classroom and laboratory, leading to well-rounded graduates with worldly experience.

For more information about these opportunities please contact Rubin Shmulsky, Department Head at For more information about the department, graduate school, or MSU, visit:;; or, respectively.

M.S. Assistantship in Forest Biometrics

The School of Forestry at Louisiana Tech University is searching for an M.S.-level graduate student to conduct research regarding development of volume equations using remote sensing data. The student will develop tree level volume equations (i.e., total volume and product volume) by describing the stem using taper function modeled using LIDAR and multispectral aerial photography.

• Stipend: $15,000 per year for MS student (for 2 years)
• The student will be responsible for in-state tuition and fees (approximately $7,500 per year)

Strong candidates for admission to the Louisiana Tech University graduate program will have:
• Grade point average of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale in all college and university work
• GRE scores in the top 25th percentile
• Demonstrated research interest and experience in forestry, ecology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or related fields.

The student should begin the project during the fall quarter of 2013, but no later than winter quarter of the academic year 2013-2014. Interested students should contact Dr. Bogdan Strimbu ( for more information.

To apply, send one pdf file containing: 1) a CV (including GPA, GRE scores and complete contact information); 2) a letter of interest (clearly stated research interests and background); and 3) the names and contact information of three references to Review of applications will begin immediately until a potential student is selected for the position. After an initial screening, one student will be asked to submit a formal application through the Louisiana Tech University Graduate School portal at Women and applicants from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Students who do not have a previous degree in forestry are eligible for admission to the School of Forestry program. However, students who are admitted may be required to take prerequisite undergraduate forestry courses (e.g. forest mensuration, silviculture, etc).