Assistant Professor of Agriculture
Application Deadline: September 30, 2022
About Arkansas Tech:
Arkansas Tech University is a public, comprehensive, regional university that was established by Act 100 of the 37th Arkansas General Assembly in 1909. ATU offers credentials and degrees at the technical certification, associate, baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral levels. The university operates campuses in Russellville and Ozark as well as Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC). Home to almost 10,000 students, ATU offers stackable credentials and multiple entry points to higher education. In all, Arkansas Tech offers more than 100 programs of study, including many of the most sought-after four-year baccalaureate programs among college freshmen -- business, engineering, physical and biological sciences, the social sciences and teacher education. Pre-professional programs prepare ATU students to become doctors, dentists, lawyers, pharmacists, physical therapists and veterinarians. For more information about Arkansas Tech University and the surrounding community, please visit our website at www.atu.edu/hr to find our “Live Here” informational resources.
This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track position with an 80% teaching, 10% service, and 10% scholarship appointment. The position is in the Department of Agriculture and Tourism within the College of Business and Economic Development. The anticipated start date is January 3, 2023.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary duty will be to develop, teach and assess undergraduate courses in agriculture, especially horticulture and agronomy.
Additional duties will include engaging students in high-impact learning practices; effectively advising and mentoring undergraduate students, including advising student organizations related to agriculture; providing impactful departmental, college, university, and professional service to the university, community, and state; developing a sustainable scholarship program including seeking external funds to support the program.
The ability to work in a multi-disciplinary department of agriculture is expected.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The successful candidate will have expertise to support the undergraduate Agricultural Business degree with primary focus on courses in agronomy/plant sciences, forages, soils and fertility management, as well as courses based on interests and programmatic needs.
The incumbent will be expected to advise and mentor undergraduate students, and to engage with appropriate student organizations.
The faculty member will have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity at the undergraduate level.
Faculty members are expected to accomplish a record of scholarly achievement, including (but not limited to) mentoring of undergraduate research projects, grant writing and establish a regional, and ultimately externally-funded research program in keeping with the objectives of the Department of Agriculture & Tourism at Arkansas Tech University.
Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics, agricultural business, or related discipline. ABD candidates will be considered.
Experience in and/or knowledge of US agriculture industries (agronomy/plant science/horticulture)
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience in college-level teaching methods
Experience teaching and mentoring students in face-to-face classroom setting
Demonstrated ability to design college-level coursework
Knowledge of the U.S. agribusiness and food sector
Experience in and/or knowledge of agronomy/plant science/horticulture industry
Ability to inspire and motivate students
Mentorship or advising of student and professional organizations
Demonstrate professional development and leadership at discipline, university, or industry level
Demonstrate the ability to publish of research in the academic press
Demonstrate the potential to obtain extramural funding to support research and outreach programs
Evidence of or potential for fostering an inclusive environment for diverse populations.
Work Location, Environment, and Physical Demands:
This position is located in offices, classrooms, and labs at ATU. The assigned desk and computer may be in a location that is in a different building than the classroom location, so the position requires the ability to change location and/or walk moderate distances during the day. Required activities include teaching, lecture and lab activities, sitting for extended periods, use of a keyboard and mouse, and the use of standard office equipment.
What to Submit:
Letter of Application, Curriculum Vita, Philosophy Statement for Teaching and Service, Unofficial Transcripts, and Contact Information for 3 References
To be considered for the position of Assistant Professor of Agriculture, all applications must be received and processed through our applicant tracking system, Cornerstone, prior to the closing date on 09/30/2022 before 6:00 pm central time.
Please go to https://atu.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=1&c=atu to apply now.
This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Arkansas Tech University is an AA/EOE employer committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.