Assistant Professor - Crop Science

Wisconsin, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 08, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Integrated Pest Management and Crop Protection. This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track undergraduate teaching position in our Crop and Soil Science major within the Plant and Earth Science Department. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of (1) agronomic crop production practices; (2) integrated pest management; (3) weed science and (4) plant pathology. Faculty members are expected to accomplish a record of scholarly achievement, including (but not limited to) mentoring of undergraduate research projects.
The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision, and other funding sources.

• Teach the following courses: Integrated Pest Management, Weed Control, Plant Pathology, Introductory Plant Science, Plant and Seed Identification, plus additional courses depending on candidate’s expertise.
• Modify existing courses or develop new courses, as needed, to create a dynamic curriculum that prepares students for professional careers.
• Incorporate new pedagogies, active learning techniques, and technologies into courses, with the objective of creating strong, dynamic, and effective courses that engage students.
• Engage in scholarly activity, which can include developing a research program, mentoring undergraduate research projects, and/or participation in professional organizations.
• Participate in co-curricular activities including advising of students in curriculum and career planning, involvement in student organizations, internship supervision, and undergraduate research mentoring.
• Establish collaborations with appropriate industry partners to facilitate internships and other learning opportunities for students and help ensure relevancy of programs and curricula.
• Participate in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college, and university levels.
• Engage in community service where academic expertise can be shared.

Qualifications Required:
• PhD in Agronomy, Crop Science, or closely related field completed prior to start date.
• Demonstrated expertise in agronomic crop production including but not limited to integrated pest management, weed control and plant pathology.
• Ability to successfully teach dynamic and innovative lecture, laboratory, hybrid, and/or other types of courses to undergraduate students.
• Demonstrated scholar as evidenced by research activities or involvement in extension or professional organizations.
• Desire to participate in co-curricular activities including advising of students in curriculum and career planning, involvement in student organizations, internship supervision, and undergraduate research mentoring.
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively within a team as an effective team member.

Qualifications Preferred:
• Teaching experience or professional development/coursework related to teaching in higher education.
• Applied research experience in integrated pest management, plant pathology or weed control.
• Field experience related to agronomic crop production.
• Demonstrated interest and/or experience in developing collaborations with industry partners.

Applicants are required to apply online at UWRF will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Please submit:

  • Curriculum vitae (resume)
  • Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
  • A three-part statement, not to exceed 3 pages, covering
    • Your primary and secondary teaching interests, experience in classroom, and any evidence of successful teaching at the college level
    • Your integrated pest management/crop protection experience, and
    • Your applied research and scholarly activity agenda. (Other Document)
  • An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
  • Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (references).

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Veronica Justen, Associate Professor Crop Science
Plant and Earth Science

Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For consideration, applicants must submit all required materials by March 11, 2021.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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