Academic Specialist – Outreach, Mass Timber Construction
Department of Forestry, School of Planning, Design and Construction, and MSU Extension
The Department of Forestry, the School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) and Michigan State University Extension invite applications for a full‐time, 12‐month Academic Specialist focused on outreach related to mass timber construction. The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in the Department of Forestry (40%), MSU Extension (35%), and the Construction Management Program in the SPDC (25%). This is a fixed‐term position with annual renewals available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding availability. The position is supported by MSU and a coalition of external partners from government, industry, and conservation.
The specialist will leverage the $100M mass timber STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, currently
under construction, to educate audiences in Michigan and neighboring states on mass timber construction. The specialist will: 1) integrate information on the design and construction of the STEM Facility and other mass‐timber buildings, including advantages and disadvantages with respect to costs, timelines, work crews, equipment, material logistics and handling, fire safety and code, and environmental impacts; 2) educate developers and the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry and students on these attributes; 3) conduct outreach on mass timber to general audiences; 4) contribute to grant writing and fundraising efforts in the area of mass‐timber outreach. These goals will be accomplished by serving as a resource for and providing building tours to key audiences; collaborate in offering on‐site workshops; develop on‐line video tours as part of a comprehensive website for the facility (see https://www.canr.msu.edu/masstimber/index ); create on‐line educational materials on mass timber; provide educational information on the economic, psychosocial, and environmental benefits of wood construction and sustainable forest management; develop educational signage for the finished building; and engage in interdisciplinary research and outreach teams related to construction, forestry, community development, and climate change and carbon storage.
For consideration, review the qualifications and submit your application online at http://careers.msu.edu to job number 639086.
Date Posted: 3/16/2020
Expiration Date: 3/23/2020