Assistant Professor or Associate Professor or Professor of Teaching in Global Resource Systems

Virgin Islands, US
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 24, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor or Professor of Teaching in Global Resource Systems

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor of Teaching in Global Resource Systems. The position is a 12-month, non-tenure eligible term faculty position, located in St John, United States Virgin Islands.

The successful candidate will manage EARTH Program activities in the Virgin Islands designed to educate students and facilitate Iowa State University faculty, staff, and students completing courses and conducting research and outreach activities.  The candidate will work and collaborate with allied faculty and administrators at Iowa State University and Virgin Island partners and stakeholder groups to offer quality educational programs in the Virgin Islands. The candidate is expected to provide learning opportunities to prepare students for lives and careers in a dynamic, global community, such as high-impact activities of service- and community-based learning projects, internships, faculty-student research, and outreach activities with partners that provide research-based educational programming in the areas of agricultural and natural resources.

The candidate will co-instruct service-learning courses for semester-long students in the Virgin Islands with Iowa State University faculty and assist faculty with other short- or long-term courses and student experiences. Instruction may be required in classroom, field, and online formats.   The candidate will operationalize annual goals and objectives and manage day-to-day activities of university students enrolled in semester-long Iowa State University courses and EARTH Program activities and who reside at the Iowa State University-leased facility on St. John.  Additional responsibilities include managing Iowa State University facilities on St. John; supervising any students, staff, volunteers, local wage earners, and student workers in the EARTH Program; working with other visiting groups from Iowa State University and its partners; and managing financial and budgetary decisions according to guidelines. The candidate will seek additional funding for EARTH Program activities in the Virgin Islands through grant applications to relevant sources.

This position will require a valid U.S. driver’s license, completing basic safety and first-aid/CPR training and maintaining a current certificate, and passage of a background check to interact and work with minors. Other duties require overnight travel in the region and to/from Ames, Iowa for professional activities and specific timely purposes, and duties as assigned and necessary for programming and response to local conditions. The position holds some responsibilities beyond a normal workday if emergencies occur related to student care or property management; therefore, the successful candidate is encouraged to live at the Iowa State University facility on St. John and subsidized housing is provided with a lease agreement. Also required is some knowledge and the capacity to complete minor repairs and to arrange for and supervise maintenance and work on the physical infrastructure of Iowa State University facilities and vehicles in the Virgin Islands.

We expect the successful candidate to understand and embrace Iowa State University’s goal of supporting diversity, equity and inclusivity, both within and outside the university community, as described in our Principles of Community (

Required Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, horticulture or related discipline and 2 years of related experience.

Valid U.S. driver’s license at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
Doctoral degree in agriculture, natural resources, horticulture, or related discipline.

Experience in developing and delivering educational programs in agriculture, natural resources, horticulture, or food production systems to a broad array of audiences.

Experience in teaching and mentoring college students.

Demonstrated success with management of programs, facilities, budgets, and/or personnel.

Department/Program & College Description:
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation.  Over 30,000 students are enrolled, served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.  The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the world’s leading institutions of agriculture, with more than 160 years of leadership in science, education, and extension. The college educates future leaders, conducts mission-oriented research, and shares new knowledge for the betterment of Iowa and the world.  Iowa State University ranks among the best in the world for agricultural programs. For over 10 years Iowa State University’s EARTH Program has educated students and partnered with organizations in the Virgin Islands and has excellent facilities available for student and faculty residence and program activities.

Department Unit/Website:
See website for additional information about the Iowa State University EARTH Program.

Proposed Start Date: August 16, 2021
Proposed End Date or Length of Term: August 15, 2024
Number of Months Employed Per Year: 12 Month Work Period
Time Type: Full time

Application Instructions:
Please apply online at

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. A multi-page letter of application that includes a statement of interest and professional goals relevant to this position
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and how you would contribute to the ISU Principles of Community in all aspects of your work,
  4. Contact information of three to five professional references, including their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses

For questions regarding this position announcement, please contact:

Dr. Gail Nonnecke, University Professor, Morrill Professor, Department of Horticulture, and Global Professor in Global Resource Systems, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; email:

Job Requisition Number: R5050

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.