Professor and Department Head, Crop and Soil Sciences Department



Posting Details

Posting Number F0857P Working Title Professor and Department Head, Crop and Soil Sciences Department Department CAES Crop and Soil Sciences About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ( CAES ) is among the best and most established U.S. colleges of agriculture. In its classrooms, its Agricultural Experiment Stations, and its statewide network of UGA Cooperative Extension offices, the faculty, and staff of CAES are dedicated to discovering, teaching, and delivering the science required for healthy living to flourish in Georgia. To improve the quality and guard the safety of life’s necessities, CAES has gathered world-renowned scientists and exceptional students.

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is a multifunctional, multidisciplinary department committed to excelling as an authority in the crop, soil, and environmental sciences. The department supports research, teaching, and UGA Cooperative Extension programs. As a respected provider of both leading-edge technology and science-based knowledge, we serve a clientele that includes students, farmers, agribusinesses, consumers, nonprofits, and governmental agencies.

College/Unit/Department website http://www.caes.uga.edu/departments/crop-soil.html Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Minorities & Females Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 08/01/2021 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 03/20/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Nominations are encouraged and will be accepted. Nominations, questions, and/or other inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Douglas Bailey, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, email: dabailey@uga.edu, CAES, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706.542.1611

Applications received by April 25, 2021, will be assured full consideration; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following documentation in electronic format: (1) a formal letter stating the applicant’s qualifications for the position and a brief statement of leadership philosophy; (2) a current resume that includes a list of publications; and (3) a list of four references with contact information including email addresses. References will not be contacted without further communication with the applicant.

Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).


Position Details

Classification Title Department Chair/Head AC FLSA Faculty Rank Professor Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Tenured Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary

This is a 12-month, tenured position. Research, teaching, and extension faculty and students are located at the Athens, Tifton, and Griffin Campuses. Program emphasis areas include plant breeding and genetics, molecular biology and genomics, plant physiology, crop sciences and biotechnology, weed science, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil health, hydrology, and environmental sciences. There is a growing emphasis on sustainability and systems-based approaches to the interdisciplinary issues in these fields. Undergraduate majors are offered in Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Environmental Resource Science, Turfgrass Management, and Water and Soil Resources. Outstanding graduate programs leading to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree are supported by a large graduate faculty with diverse research programs and broad disciplinary expertise. Innovative graduate-level programs include an area of emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture and a dual M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture) with the University of Padova, Italy. Programs of study can be developed in the research emphasis areas listed above. Graduate studies and research programs are characterized by strong interdepartmental and interdisciplinary ties. The Department hosts a large statewide Extension program focused on applied research to address the needs of farmers and the public in Georgia and worldwide. The department head (or their designee) has oversight over a large field unit supporting research, teaching, and outreach as well as statewide programs such as a variety testing program and an automated state-wide weather network. This position is highly engaged with the various commodity commissions, groups, and other stakeholders of departmental programs. The successful candidate will be expected to administer and coordinate high-quality teaching, research, and extension programs and play a proactive role in increasing extramural support for these programs.

Additional Requirements

• A Ph.D. in Crop or Soil Sciences or a related discipline, and demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and/or extension are required.
• Current rank of Professor with tenure
• The successful applicant must qualify for the rank of Professor consistent with the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Promotion and Tenure Unit Criteria found here: https://provost.uga.edu/resources/documents/Crop_and_Soil_Science2015.pdf

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

At least two years of higher education administrative experience is desirable.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Other essential qualifications include evidence of creative and innovative leadership, demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding, and the proven ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students.

Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Duties/Responsibilities

Duties/Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include faculty recruitment, management and leadership, student recruitment, faculty performance evaluations, coordinating promotion and tenure procedures, program planning and implementation, budget management, and management of physical facilities including both laboratory and field facilities. It’s also expected to work effectively with, and represent faculty to university and agency administrators, state and federal personnel, and industry clientele.

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