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Department Head Recruitment: FERM

The College is pleased to welcome the following candidates to campus for the position of Department Head - Forest Engineering, Resources & Management. Each candidate will present a public seminar which will be recorded and posted here once available. We welcome all stakeholders to participate and comment on the qualifications of each candidate using the Candidate Feedback Form - please return by Monday, May 15 to Adrienne Wonhof in 109 Richardson. 



Dr. Jianbang (Jim) Gan 
Professor of Forest Economics & Management, Texas A&M University
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Biography | CV 

Public Seminar: “Challenges & Opportunities: Leading FERM Into the Future”




Dr. Kathleen (Katy) Kavanagh 
Department Head, Forest Ecosystem Science & Management, Texas A&M University
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Biography | CV

Public Seminar: “Challenges & Opportunities: Leading FERM Into the Future”



Search Committee Members

  • Randy Rosenberger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies (Search Chair)
  • John Bailey, Professor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
  • Woody Chung, Professor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
  • Steve Fitzgerald, Professor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management; Director, College Research Forests
  • Jeff Hatten, Professor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
  • Catalina Segura, Professor, Forest Engineering & Resource Management
  • Barb Lachenbruch, Professor, Forest Ecosystems & Society (College P&T Representative)
  • Allan Foutch, Manager, Miami Corporation (External Representative)
  • Charlene Martinez, Associate Director, Diversity & Cultural Engagement (Search Advocate)
  • Adrienne Wonhof, Special Assistant to the Dean, College of Forestry (Support)



Position Announcement
Department Head - Forest Engineering, Resources & Management

The College of Forestry at Oregon State University seeks a Department Head for the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department. The College of Forestry is one of the world's premier education, research, and outreach institutions. We invite you to submit nominations or an application to join our leadership team and contribute to our mission focused on the relationship between healthy ecosystems, communities, people and businesses.

About the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management

The College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU) is comprised of three departments, one of which is Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (FERM). The FERM Department is comprised of a unique group of specialists in forest management, engineering, biometrics, hydrology, forest health, and silviculture working to support decisions for sustainable forests. FERM’s teaching and research emphasize all aspects of active forest management and restoration from regeneration through harvest for multiple land use objectives, including wood production and management for values other than wood.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD in forestry, natural resources, or closely related field. 
  • Current tenure as full professor; or tenured Associate Professor with an international reputation for achievement meriting appointment as a tenured full professor based on a record of exceptional teaching, research & service. 
  • Demonstrable leadership skills with the ability to set challenging and attainable goals, to set priorities, and work with and inspire others to high levels of creative performance.  
  • Demonstrable strength in administrative organization, including experience in areas such as: personnel management, budget management and fundraising; professional experience in science, education, management, policy or other relevant arena; understanding of an commitment to the research, teaching, and extended education functions of a Land Grant University. 
  • Demonstrable cultural competency and experience promoting and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as ensuring transparency in decision-making and fairness in opportunity.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, which includes working effectively with people at various levels of an organization (i.e. Deans, faculty, students, senior administrators, government agencies, etc).

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of programmatic leadership and administrative experience.
  • Evidence of active engagement with the land, practical field experience, and familiarity with land management issues.
  • Evidence of the ability to foster high morale in communities such as academic, research, and others.
  • Demonstrable record of positive engagement with funding agencies, industry and/or other stakeholders.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The benefits package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance, retirement, and a program of reduced tuition for dependents.

Full Position Description

Refer questions to Adrienne Wonhof in the Dean’s Office, 541-737-4279,

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.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU STANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.