The Division of Plant Science and Technology (DPST) in the College
of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the
University of Missouri (MU) and Cooperative Extension in the
College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences (CAEHS) at
Lincoln University of Missouri (LU) seek an Assistant Extension
Professor and State Extension Specialist in Urban and Structural
Entomology. The position is a 12-month non-tenure-track faculty
position with responsibilities for Extension and applied research.
The position will be located on the MU campus in Columbia, MO, but
a close collaboration with faculty at LU in Jefferson City, MO is
Primary responsibility will be to develop
an Extension Education program that addresses urban and structural
entomology. The specialist is expected to answer questions from the
public on household pests (e.g., termites, ants), pests that
threaten human health (e.g., mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs), and
pests of ornamental plants (e.g., insects, mites). The specialist
will also cover apiculture and provide training, advice, and other
outreach services to private and professional beekeepers in
Missouri. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop
a creative, collaborative, and extramurally funded applied research
program that supports the Extension Education program. The
successful applicant will be a part of an interdisciplinary team
that includes other entomologists, pathologists, horticulturalists,
economists, ecologists, and food safety specialists. The successful
applicant is expected to work collaboratively with faculty across
academic departments and campuses and to train and answer questions
from Field Specialists with MU Extension and LU Extension. The
successful applicant will collaborate with partners in industry,
government, and nonprofit sectors. Availability to answer questions
from the public and local extension personnel from around the state
relative to urban pest management is critical. As an integral
faculty member of DPST at MU, CAEHS at LU, and the Extension
Integrated Pest Management programs at LU and MU, the successful
candidate will also serve on committees that further the missions
of the two universities.
: PhD in Entomology or in a field of
study directly related to the position description at the time of
Candidates will be evaluated on
: A strong background and
experience in outreach and education related to urban, structural,
or ornamental entomology. Demonstrated record of collaborative
research and scholarship, stakeholder engagement, and innovative
approaches to urban or structural pest management. Understanding of
entomology practices, including the control of structural and urban
insect pests, and of apiculture. Oral skills and the ability to
communicate with constituents and other stakeholders and to work in
a collaborative team. Prior applied research and extension
experience. Ability to secure extramural funding. Ability to
produce compelling and unique extension education materials,
including websites, apps, presentations, social media, and e-tools.
Experience in statistical analysis of data and professional writing
(e.g., grant proposals, scientific publications, and extension
publications). Proficiency with standard computer software such as
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Anticipated Hiring Range
Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Apply online (http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php)
for Job ID 49313
. Complete the application and include 1) a
cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience pertinent to the
responsibilities of the position and career goals, 2) a curriculum
vitae, 3) the contact information for at least three references,
and 4) a one-page extension philosophy in which the candidate´s
vision for a successful extension program in urban and structural
entomology is described.
Review of applications will begin December 15, 2023 and continue
until a suitable candidate is identified.
: Questions pertaining to the job may be directed to
Dr. Debbie Finke, Co-Chair of the Search Committee at University of
Missouri ( firstname.lastname@example.org
), or Dr.
Clement Akotsen-Mensah, Co-Chair of the Search committee at Lincoln
University (akotsen-mensahC@lincolnu.edu). Questions regarding the
application process should be directed to Human Resource Services
at 573-882-7976 or email@example.com
More Information about the Campuses and Community:
The Division of Plant Science and Technology includes a diverse
group of approximately 50 faculty, including a strong Extension
program that works with dozens of horticultural and agronomic
extension specialists located across the state. The University of
Missouri campus is located in Columbia, MO, a vibrant and growing
college town of over 126,000 with a high quality of life and
relatively low cost of living. Columbia is located in central
Missouri, half-way between Kansas City and St. Louis, about 2 hours
from each of those metropolitan areas.
Lincoln University is one of the oldest historically black college
and universities in the United States. Lincoln University
Cooperative Extension (LUCE) aims to enhance the quality of life
for people throughout Missouri with limited access to resources.
Extension programs address the needs of small farm owners
throughout the state and LUCE has educators in Urban Impact Centers
in both Kansas City and St. Louis. Lincoln University is located in
Jefferson City, MO, about 30 miles from the MU campus.
Missouri is a state with a strong agriculture base, large urban
centers, and abundant natural areas for recreation and enjoyment.
Learn more about Columbia, Jefferson City, and Missouri at https://www.visitcolumbiamo.com
and https://www.visitjeffersoncity.com/ .
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University
offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental
and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For
additional information on University benefits, please visit the
Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual
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learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our
university a better place to work, learn and innovate.
In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and
expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of
teaching, research and engagement.
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