Department Head Search: FERM
The College of Forestry, one of the world's premier education, research, and outreach institutions, is interviewing candidates for a Department Head for the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department. We invite you to participate in the search process and provide your input on this important hire into our leadership team. The schedule is below. Each candidate will give a seminar - "Challenges & Opportunities: Leading FERM into the Future". We look forward to welcoming candidates to campus!
Dr. Ching-Hsun Huang (CV): April 5-6
Dr. Huang has been a faculty with the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University since 2007. Dr. Huang’s research and teaching are focused on forest economics, forest management and natural resource economics. She has received several prestigious teaching awards at NAU, and has worked on research projects on forest bioenergy funded by Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy. Her recent research projects are related to energy, water cycle and greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Huang was the Interim Executive Director of the School of Forestry in fall 2017.
- Seminar: Thursday, April 5; 9:00-10:00am, Richardson 107
- Faculty Meeting #1: Thursday, April 5; 1:30-2:30, Richardson 115
- Faculty Meeting #2: Friday, April 6; 10:00-11:00, Richardson 115
- Student Lunch: Friday, April 6; 12:15-1:00, Richardson 115 (contactAdrienne to RSVP)
Dr. David Newman (CV): April 10-11
Dr. Newman is a Professor of Resource Economics and Policy in the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management at SUNY-ESF. He previously served as the Chair of the Department for 10+ years, and prior to that was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. His primary research areas have been the economics of public policy related to timber supply and land use change. He currently serves as the President-elect of the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) and the Chair-elect for the New York SAF chapter.
- Seminar: Tuesday, April 10; 9:00-10:00am, Richardson 107
- Faculty Meeting #1: Tuesday, April 10; 1:30-2:30, Richardson 115
- Faculty Meeting #2: Wednesday, April 11; 10:00-11:00, Richardson 115
- Student Lunch: Wednesday, April 11; 12:15-1:00, Richardson 115 (contact Adrienne to RSVP)
Peter Clinton (CV): April 17-18
Dr. Clinton is the Science Leader for the Forest System’s Research Team at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd (trading as Scion) and an adjunct Professor at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is also the Research Program Leader of the New Zealand Government’s largest investment in a forestry research program, “Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future”. Dr. Clinton has also coordinated the International Union of Forest Research Organisation’s Working Group on Forest Soils. Dr. Clinton’s research interests cover both indigenous and exotic forests with a focus on production ecology, tree nutrition, biogeochemistry, soil organic matter and plant-soil interactions.
- Seminar: Tuesday, April 17; 9:00-10:00am, Richardson 107
- Faculty Meeting #1: Tuesday, April 17; 1:30-2:30, Richardson 115
- Faculty Meeting #2: Wednesday, April 18; 10:00-11:00, Richardson 115
- Student Lunch: Wednesday, April 18; 12:15-1:00, Richardson 115 (contact Adrienne to RSVP)
Dr. Jacobs is a Professor and the Fred M. van Eck Chair of Forest Biology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) at Purdue University. He has served as Associate Head of FNR since 2014 and is the Director of the Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center. He is also the Purdue Site Director for the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Forestry Systems. Dr. Jacobs’ research focuses on nursery propagation, site preparation, and planting of forest trees to promote reforestation and restoration.
- Seminar: Tuesday, April 24; 9:00-10:00am, Richardson 107
- Faculty Meeting #1: Tuesday, April 24; 1:30-2:30, Richardson 115
- Faculty Meeting #2: Wednesday, April 25; 10:00-11:00, Richardson 115
- Student Lunch: Wednesday, April 25; 12:15-1:00, Richardson 115 (contact Adrienne to RSVP)
Search Committee Members
- Jim Johnson, Chair; Associate Dean for Outreach & Engagement and Interim Department Head, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
- John Bailey, Professor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
- Jeff Hatten, Associate Professor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
- Catalina Segura, Assistant Professor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
- Jim Kiser, Instructor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
- External Representative: Doug Mays, Director of Operations, Western Timberlands, Weyerhaeuser Co.
- Search Advocate: Valerie Elder, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension - Clatsop County, OSU
About the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management (FERM) is one of three departments in the top-ranked College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU). Faculty in the department are recognized for thought-leadership in a wide range of fields including forest management, engineering, biometrics, hydrology, forest health, economics, silviculture, and more, working to develop innovative solutions and practices that advance sustainable forestry. Bachelors, masters, and doctoral graduates are well positioned to become leaders in the practice and study of all aspects of forest management and restoration, from regeneration through harvest, for multiple land use objectives.
Responsibilities of the Department Head
The Department Head is an innovative leader who guides faculty towards success in teaching, research, and extension; ensures that graduating students are well prepared to enter the workforce or continue their studies; and brings forward an engaged and diverse stakeholder base across the array of disciplines within the department. The Department Head works as a member of the College’s leadership team and is responsible for all aspects of academic program delivery within the Department.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community and has a practice of being responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.