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Assistant Professor - Adaptive/Organizational Leadership

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Apr 6, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Home Economics & Consumer Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Full Time
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Job Description

Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Adaptive/Organizational Leadership as part of its Phase II SmartFarm Innovation NetworkTM faculty cluster hire. Phase II includes a total of seven (7) faculty positions to be filled within several academic units and Agricultural Research and Extension Centers. Collaborations of cluster hires and existing faculty will enhance interdisciplinary flagship programs at the nexus of digital, biological, social, and physical sciences and engineering with application to agriculture, food, and natural resources. The cluster hire will be affiliated with the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture for enhancing interdisciplinary networking. The SmartFarm Innovation Network will create a statewide network of interconnected faculty, partners, and resources for scientific discovery and developing, deploying, and extending new technologies. The goal is to increase overall efficiency, resiliency, sustainability, and economic value of food, agriculture production systems, and natural resources and expand Virginia Tech’s global influence in this rapidly evolving domain.

The Department of Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education seeks a scholar in leadership and social change with contextual application in agriculture and food systems. The position is a tenure-track, academic-year appointment with primary responsibility in teaching and secondary responsibility in research. The faculty hire is expected to advance a contemporary curriculum in leadership studies appropriate in formal and non-formal educational settings, while also developing a research program supported by interdisciplinary grants related to leadership in the context of agriculture and food systems. Additionally, this faculty hire is expected to make scholarly contributions that align with existing and emerging departmental priorities, including adaptive leadership for social change, assessment of leadership behaviors in innovation adoption, capacity building for organizational leadership within sociotechnical systems, human/community-centered engagement, and leader development across the lifespan.

Teaching Appointment: The teaching responsibilities include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level (typically four courses per year). Specific courses will depend on the specific area of expertise of the successful candidate but may include leadership education philosophy, strategies, and effective assessment methods. New courses supporting advanced study in areas such as adaptive leadership, organizational leadership or leadership and sustainability would be encouraged.

Research Appointment: The research responsibilities focus on engaged research, providing the expertise to address adaptive challenges at the intersection of discovery and implementation in social systems. The successful candidate will support the mission of the land-grant institution through research, scholarship, and practice with complex issues related to the adoption of innovative agriculture and food systems technologies by Commonwealth producers, government entities, businesses, and communities, with potential for collaborations with Cooperative Extension. Successful candidates will be expected to identify funding from sources that may include the Department of Education, Department of Labor, and Department of Agriculture. This position is part of the CALS SmartFarm Innovation Network Initiative ( ) and aligns with the Data and Decisions and Equity and Social Disparity for the Human condition destination areas of Virginia Tech. Collaborations with faculty and graduate students on the main campus in Blacksburg and with Agricultural Research and Extension Centers located across the Commonwealth are expected. Global engagement is important as the incumbent’s career advances, and will contribute to the expansion of Virginia Tech’s reputation in this domain.

Required Qualifications

● Doctorate degree (current or anticipated) in a discipline related to Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education (including programs associated with organizational development). Completion of doctorate degree is required by the start date of employment.
● Coursework/experience in agriculture and food systems and/or Extension.
● Proven skills in effective oral and written communication appropriate for diverse audiences.
● Experience with interdisciplinary research and outreach programming.

Preferred Qualifications

● Coursework and/or experience in teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in leadership or leadership education.
● Experience procuring grants or other external funding for research and/or programmatic support.
● Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative behavioral research and/or evaluation methods.
● Record of peer-reviewed publications.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date


Application Procedure:

Qualified persons are asked to complete an online faculty application at and are requested to submit the following:

  • Letter of application, including a statement of philosophy for integrating teaching and research, emphasizing experiences and qualifications for success in this tenure-track faculty role; and
  • Complete curriculum vitae, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three references.

  • Nominations of outstanding potential candidates for the position are welcomed. Initial nominations and inquiries will remain confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval of the applicant. Review of applications will begin June 6, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Direct inquiries or questions about the position to:

    Dr. Eric Kaufman, Search Committee Chair

    2280 Litton-Reaves Hall (0343)

    Blacksburg, VA 24061

    Phone: (540) 231-6258


    Additional Information

    The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

    About Virginia Tech

    Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

    Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

    If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Eric Kaufman at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

    Advertised: April 6, 2021
    Applications close:

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