Assistant Professor - DIH Agricultural Water Management

Wisconsin, United States
Competitive Salary
Jul 16, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

This is a nine-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position (75% teaching and 25% research) at the rank of Assistant Professor.  This is a joint position supporting both the Department of Plant and Earth Science and the Department of Agricultural Engineering Technology and is partially funded by the newly created Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub ( The standard teaching full-time load is 12 credit hours per semester (9 credit hours for a 75% teaching appointment). The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching at our primarily undergraduate institution and demonstrate strong interest and ability to conduct applied research in the area of agricultural water management in support of the dairy industry. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, and internship supervision.  


Teaching (75%)
  • Primary teaching activities may include undergraduate courses in Hydrology and Water Quality, Hydrogeology, Agricultural Water Management, Applied Engineering Hydrology, Nonpoint Source Pollution Engineering, and other courses depending on the candidate’s expertise. 
  • Other teaching opportunities may include introductory courses such as Introduction to Environmental Studies, Introduction to Soil Science, and Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Technology.  
  • Be an effective, engaged, and innovative teacher. 
  • Research on the scholarship of teaching and learning is encouraged and supported. 
  • Serve as academic advisor to undergraduate students. 
  • Advising of co-curricular activities, including student organizations.
  • Participation in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college and university levels. 
  • Research (25%)

  • Develop an applied research program focusing on one or more of the following: dairy manure handling techniques that reduce impacts on surface and groundwater quality, development of on-farm dairy wastewater processing technologies, and strategies to reduce water consumption in dairy systems.  
  • Communicate research results to diverse audiences including professional scientific meetings, refereed publications, and dairy industry groups. 
  • Develop collaborations and networks across the dairy industry, within local and state government, and within the state of Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub. 
  • Provide leadership and expertise on issues and policies relating to water management. 
  • Secure extramural funding sufficient to sustain a vibrant research program that includes the training and support of undergraduate research students. 
  • Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ph.D. in Water Resources, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Soil Science, Agricultural, Biosystems, or Environmental Engineering, or related field. 
  • ABD applicants may be considered for a conditional appointment and must complete their Ph.D. within one year after their date of appointment. 
  • Record of scholarship including peer-reviewed publications and grants. 
  • Strong interest and desire to teach undergraduate courses. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate to diverse audiences and commitment to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Preferred
  • Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in agricultural water management relevant or pertaining to the U.S. dairy industry.
  • Materials not submitted through the online posting, be considered.


    • 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 agricultural water management 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 and research ability, experience and professional preparation (references).
      Inquiries should be addressed to: 
     Dr. Jill Coleman-Wasik Search and Screen Committee Chair 
     Department of Plant and Earth Science

    Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For consideration, applicants must submit all required materials by August 20, 2021.  A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.   UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.

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