Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life
Sciences: Plant & Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor - Turf and Ornamental Entomology
Location: PEE DEE HQ (PITNER BUILDING), 2200 Pocket Road,
Florence, SC, 29506
The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) at Clemson
University is seeking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track position at
the Assistant Professor level in Turf and Ornamental Entomology.
The appointment will include responsibilities in research (60%) and
extension (40%). The position will be located at the Pee Dee
Research and Education Center (PDREC) in Florence, SC. The
successful candidate will be an integral part of PES's research,
teaching, and extension programs.
Clemson University is recognized as a top public university by U.S.
News and World Report. PES is a dynamic department within the
College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences, with a strong
commitment and contribution to the Land-Grant mission of Clemson
University. PES encompasses 50 faculty of various specializations,
including, but not limited to, plant pathology, entomology,
horticulture, soil science, weed science, and agronomy. The
department houses 124 undergraduates across three programs
(Horticulture, Plant and Environmental Sciences, and Turfgrass) and
116 graduate students in two M.S. and Ph.D. granting programs
(Entomology and Plant and Environmental Sciences). The faculty and
graduate student populations are diverse and cosmopolitan, involved
in projects across the region and the globe.
PDREC is one of Clemson University's six research and education
centers (RECs) located throughout South Carolina. Situated in South
Carolina's major agricultural and turf area, PDREC encompasses the
Pitner Center, greenhouses, support buildings, and 2,300 acres of
agricultural lands, managed forests, and natural habitats. The
Pitner Center houses state-of-the-art laboratories, offices, and
classrooms. The turf research area constitutes about 12 acres of
warm- and cool-season turf. Currently, the turfgrass facility
includes nearly 90,000 square feet of putting green turf, 25,000
square feet of golf course fairway or sports field turf, several
acres of home lawn or landscape turf, and additional space for
constructing new research areas.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally
and internationally recognized, externally funded research and
extension program on Turf and Ornamental Entomology. Basic and
applied research should generate outputs (including peer-reviewed
publications) and enhance arthropod management on ornamental plants
and warm- and cool-season turfgrass in South Carolina and around
the country. Extension activities will include, but not be limited
to, responding to arthropod questions and problems related to
turfgrass and ornamental plant production in South Carolina and
developing effective and impactful training programs and education
materials on arthropod management for a broad range of
stakeholders. The successful candidate will mentor graduate
students and participate in departmental, college, and university
committees. The successful candidate must have a strong interest
and commitment to educate and work with students and stakeholders
of all racial and cultural backgrounds.
A Ph.D. in Entomology or a closely related discipline is required.
Post-doctoral experience is desired but not required. Preference
will be given to candidates with demonstrated research
productivity, graduate student mentoring experience, a record of
effective extension and outreach, excellent communication skills,
and success in obtaining external funding to support research and
extension programs. Women and minorities are encouraged to
To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted via
Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/132764
by 30 November 2023. The position will remain open until
Please submit (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3)
contact information for three references; (4) a one-page research
philosophy; (5) a one-page statement of extension experience and
philosophy; (6) a one-page statement on commitment to diversity;
and (7) unofficial transcripts from all degree-granting
Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during
the initial review process.
Questions related to this position may be directed to:
Joe Roberts, Ph.D.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate
against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability,
gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual
orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson
University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff
committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages
applications from minorities and women.