Forest Science in Research Universities
- What is the impact of the trend of decreasing emphasis in forest management science within many major Universities in the US and Canada?
- How important is it to employers that new graduates be versed in the foundation for scientific forestry vs. competency in the technology sciences related to forestry?
- How important is it to employers that new hires be graduates from research universities or non-research universities?
- What are the long-term implications of changes in structure of forestry programs in universities from stand-alone units to part of larger units such as under an “environment” umbrella?
- Given evolving changes in forestry program organization within universities, how much autonomy should forestry programs have to maintain control over forestry curricula, hiring, and maintaining core faculty competencies in professional forestry?
- In 25 years, what will be the typical structure of forest science education in research and non-research universities in US and Canada?
- What is the ideal organizational structure for administering forestry education in the 21st Century?
Session Chair: Hal Salwasser, Oregon State University
Confirmed Participants: Mark Ashton, Yale; Bruce Bare, UW; Keith Blatner, WSU; Steve Bullard, SFASU; Tom DeLuca, UW; Al Ek, Univ. MN; Peter Kanowski, ANU; Richard Kobe, Michigan State; Mike Messina, Penn State; Kevin O'Hara, UC Berkeley; Tat Smith, Toronto