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Lecturer in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Announced

Posted: July 27th, 2015
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The Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( seeks applications for a full-time (9-month academic-year) non-tenure-track appointment as Lecturer in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. The initial appointment will be for two years but is renewable based on performance and program need.

The position will emphasize undergraduate teaching, utilizing active learning strategies. Candidates should care deeply about undergraduate education in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, and be a teacher, mentor, and scientist whose interests are broad and support the pedagogy that allows students to gain the ability to analyze and solve problems.

Teaching responsibilities include four to five courses annually. Of these, some will be classes in the current Arboriculture & Urban Forestry curriculum ( as well as a new course(s) in their field of specialization to complement the curriculum. Additional responsibilities include management of the undergraduate program in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, including advising students in the two- and four-year degree programs; student recruiting on and off campus; maintaining student academic record files; interacting with the honors program and Registrar’s Office to manage degree requirements; and organizing and maintaining information for majors concerning scholarships, internships and career opportunities. We expect the candidate to work closely with relevant trade and professional associations to enhance continuing education opportunities for professionals and facilitate student recruitment and training. Work outside of regular hours (2-3 times per semester) is required to assist with Campus Open House activities and outreach; summer teaching opportunities may be available.

Candidates must have a Master’s, a Ph.D. is preferred, in Arboriculture, Urban Forestry or other closely related field. Relevant professional experience in this field is required, preferably certification in commercial or utility Arboriculture. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following fields: transplanting, fertilizing, pruning, support systems, tree risk assessment, integrated vegetation management, tree appraisal, benefits of trees, urban forest management, or human dimensions. A candidate must demonstrate excellence in oral and written communications; teaching (university level is desirable); interdisciplinary problem-solving; and the ability to transfer knowledge and technology from the research lab into practice.

The successful candidate will be creative and demonstrate a team-player attitude. S/he must have a commitment to collaboration between faculty, students, staff, and partners in industry and government. The successful candidate will serve, as do all other faculty, as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the Department. The University of Massachusetts Amherst places special emphases on faculty-student interaction and a commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.

APPLICATION: Earliest start date is January 17, 2016. Review of applications will begin August 31, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and extension goals, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references. Materials must be submitted online to:


Specific questions about this search can be directed to:

Brian Kane, Chair (

The Department of Environmental Conservation hosts a multi-disciplinary group of faculty with nationally ranked programs in Building and Construction Technology, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Biology, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sustainability Science, and Water Resources. Our program has an established culture of collegiality and collaboration between faculty, students, staff, industry, and government partners. We commonly teach interdisciplinary classes and share a fundamental commitment to serving a diverse student body and the broader public.

UMass Amherst is part of the 5-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting. We are 2 hours from Boston, 3 hours from New York City, and 4.5 hours from Montreal.


The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.