Agricultural Business - Assistant Professor

California State University, Fresno

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

Department of Agricultural Business

Agricultural Business
Assistant Professor

Tenure Track
Fall 2023 (August 2023)

The Department of Agricultural Business is searching for a faculty member to teach undergraduate students, conduct scholarly and applied research, and engage in service-related activities. The primary teaching and research interests will be in the area of organizational behavior and human resources, agri-food retailing and wholesaling with a secondary focus in sustainable business practices in agriculture and food production. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students: Fresno State is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); and, an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); This University is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion.


Required Education:

  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, or closely related disciplines from an accredited (or equivalent) institution.
  • Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, for an appointment, the doctorate must be completed by August 15, 2023.

  • Required Experience:

  • Evidence of strong communication skills,
  • A commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Preferred Experience :

  • Evidence of teaching at the university level or interest in undergraduate teaching,
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity,
  • Experience with the use of instructional technology,
  • Experience establishing close working relationships with agricultural industries, organizations, and/or governmental agencies,
  • Experience obtaining external grants /contracts,
  • Evidence of commitment to distance learning, online teaching, and/or service learning
  • Experience working collaboratively on multidisciplinary teams,
  • Additional expectations may include supervision of undergraduate senior projects, student research, advising student clubs and national competition teams.
  • A record of active participation or leadership roles in relevant professional organizations

  • Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023. Apply online at

    Application Review Date: January 23, 2023

    Attached the following:

    1. Letter of interest or cover letter specifically addressing
      • Required experience and preferred qualifications
      • Include teaching experience or interest
    2. Current curriculum vitae
    3. Names and contact information of three professional references
    4. Statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This statement may be included in your letter of interest (#1).

    Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit the following by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items.

    1. Three current letters of recommendation (dated within 12 months of the full consideration date.)
    2. Official transcripts

    Committee Information:

    Search Chair: Dr. S. Asci
    Department of Agricultural Business

    About the Fresno State:

    California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

    The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly ; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges . The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

    Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: . We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

    About the College and Department:

    The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology offers high quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in the major areas of agricultural business; animal sciences and agricultural education; food science and nutrition; industrial technology; plant science; and viticulture and enology. Faculty and students conduct applied research and public service in selected areas of agriculture, food sciences, industrial technology, and family sciences. Programs combine a science, technology and management focus with experiential learning. The Jordan College maintains an enrollment of approximately 1,700 undergraduate and 100 graduate students from diverse backgrounds up and down the state of California, as well as from nations across the globe. On campus and throughout the community, our students engage in learning science, technology and management not just in the classroom, but by experience – on our 1,000-acre on-campus University Agricultural Laboratory. And these are not the only activity opportunities: Students enjoy active lifestyles on campus through social and athletic events and gain a sense of community by participating in more than 250 clubs and organizations, including more than 30 within the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

    The award-winning Agricultural Business Program at California State University, Fresno is a pacesetter--having been recognized as a national model for other colleges and universities by the Agribusiness Education Project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and comprised of agricultural industry leaders and higher education scholars from around the country. The agricultural business curriculum is a comprehensive and integrative program of economic principles and business applications with a problem-solving orientation and a practical experience emphasis.

    Territorial Acknowledgement:

    The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

    Other Campus Information:

    Salary placement commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule .

    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

    A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

    The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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    California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

    Advertised: 21 Oct 2022 Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: 31 Mar 2023 Pacific Daylight Time

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