Assistant/Associate Professor of Arboriculture

University of Florida

United States


This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 10% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 50% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Environmental Horticulture Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The applicant selected for this position will conduct research, promote education, and develop outreach/extension programs designed to increase productivity, profitability, and safety in the tree care industry, while at the same time producing high-quality, high-value trees through environmentally sustainable culture and maintenance systems. Nursery tree production has traditionally been an integral part of this position as it has direct and lasting implications for tree health in the landscape. There is strong industry support for the position (in the form of startup funding and a local granting program), as research-driven management practices are critical for producing quality trees, effectively managing tree health and structure, and accurately assessing tree value and risk.

Tenure will accrue in the Department of Environmental Horticulture.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program.  The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in their program area.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching basic (online) and advanced arboricultural courses.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.


The Environmental Horticulture Department ( at the University of Florida conducts research, extension, and educational efforts to advance the science of breeding, propagating, transplanting, and maintaining ornamental plants in human-dominated and natural landscapes. Department facilities include greenhouse and shade house units and a 30-acre tree unit with randomized blocks of established trees.



A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in arboriculture/horticulture, urban forestry/forestry, or a closely related discipline is required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, statistics, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Evidence of engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning such as course development and peer-reviewed publication is desirable.


Demonstrated scholarly activities in teaching and research are desired.  Demonstrable or potential to secure extramural funding and publish is peer-reviewed journals. Ability to develop and manage in-person courses that provide engaging hands-on learning experiences that are most effective in producing the next generation of industry professionals.  Practical experience in arboriculture is also desirable.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 27 December 2019. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 55754

Dr. John C. Peterson

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

P.O. Box 110670

Gainesville FL 32611

Telephone: (352) 273-4519 




Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • 1-2 page summary of research interests, extension/teaching philosophy, and funding strategy
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters must be sent directly from the person writing to the Chair listed above).
  • Unofficial transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


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