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Assistant Professor (Practice)

Oregon State University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 1, 2024

Assistant Professor (Practice)

Oregon State University

Department: An/RngSci Extn Field Fac (ASC)

Appointment Type: Academic Faculty

Job Location: Lakeview

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.

Job Summary:
The Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program invite applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor of Practice. This position will serve Lake County. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Regional Director, Program Leader, and Department Head.

This fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice position is based at the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Lake County Office in Lakeview, Oregon. The academic home for this position will be in the Department of Crop and Soil Science or the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University depending on expertise of candidate. The academic home must be designated within six (6) months of the start date. This position reports to the Regional Director assigned to the Southern region. Decisions regarding this position are made in consultation with the supervision team which includes the Regional Director, Department Head, and the Extension Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program Leader. Active contributions to scholarly outcomes are required (refer to the scholarship section, below, for details).

As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension program and educational material development, delivery, and evaluation, and for conducting applied research to support Extension activities.

The purpose of this position is to provide programmatic leadership for Extension programs in agriculture and natural resources in the Lake County region.

Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning and outreach tools including online and hybrid classes, multimedia and digital communications, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open-source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery. These activities will be included in the annual plan of work, impact statements, and summary of accomplishments/achievements.

Active and effective communication with colleagues and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will require traveling.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student/learner success by engaging them in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Engagement are likewise committed to student/learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.

About Lake County: Lake County is rural, sparsely populated, and geographically large. The major economic enterprises for Lake County are cattle ranching, timber, and irrigated hay. The Extension Lake County Office is located in Lakeview, Oregon. Lakeview is a high desert community situated at the base of the Warner Mountains with a population of 3,000. Lakeview is 300 miles southeast of the main campus of Corvallis and a significant distance from a metropolitan area. For information on Lake County, visit the Oregon Explorer: .

About the division: The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University's mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our Division website : .

The Division has built the capacity and expectation for employees to use digital communications and technologies in the modern-day workplace. This reflects our demonstrable commitment to using digital communications tools and changing technologies as a primary way to raise Oregonian's awareness of and engagement with our organization, programs and resources.

Commitment to inclusive excellence: Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language/Visual Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs, online materials and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

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Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
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Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
This faculty member embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed while fostering a welcoming and respectful workplace culture. This individual creates opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion and include these activities in the annual plan of work, impact statements, and summary of accomplishments/achievements.

75% Extension Teaching and Related Assignments a) Extension Teaching
  • Utilize Oregon State University’s six principles of teaching excellence that include audience consideration, planning, enhanced engagement, teaching, assessment, and reflection to provide a high level of non-credit teaching for extension audiences.
  • Conduct on-going needs-assessment activities to determine the educational needs specific to this position’s audiences.
  • Suggested audiences for this Extension program are all agriculture and natural resources stakeholders in Lake County.
  • Following a prioritized needs assessment, develop, design, and deliver Extension non-credit educational programming in the range, forage production, and livestock areas.
  • Utilize a variety of non-credit teaching and engagement opportunities (online and face-to-face) to convey useful information to Extension audiences.
  • Create innovative educational materials and use effective Extension teaching methods that meet clientele needs, with materials, methods, and outcomes shared with peers in the state, region, and/or nation.
  • Design Extension programs that can be offered centrally or online to maximize client participation across Oregon and beyond.
  • Extension teaching methods may include but not be limited to: classroom teaching, workshops, seminars, online teaching, hybrid teaching, etc.
  • Meet the information needs of local and regional audiences by accessing information from a variety of sources and disseminating it through appropriate mechanisms (internet, newsletter, newspaper, radio, television, presentations, etc.).
  • Design or adapt a clear evaluation protocol to evaluate and to report research and Extension program impacts locally, regionally and/or internationally.
  • Use technology as a tool to increase the reach and impact of program delivery for constituents including participating in Ask-Extension and using the division’s customer relationship management system.
  • Extension teaching may also involve providing one-on-one consultation and educational programs to target audiences depending on their needs.
  • Engage and contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of teaching, educational delivery, advising, research, Extension, service, and/or scholarly outcomes. Outputs and impacts of efforts to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity should be included in promotion dossiers.
  • This position is expected to solicit peer teaching evaluations and citizen evaluation of teaching.
  • Conduct and coordinate local pesticide recertification efforts for stakeholders as well as answer any pesticide related questions from the public.
  • Maintain Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License throughout employment to stay up-to-date with the science of pesticides and answer pesticide related questions.

b) Partnerships/Collaboration/Networking
  • Develop networks of formal and informal interest groups in subject matter areas where appropriate. Utilize partnerships with diverse interest groups to provide advisory support and to enhance program quality and delivery. This will likely include Soil and Water Conservation Districts, School Boards, and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Organize and maintain program advisory and management committees to help identify program needs, make recommendations, assist in program implementation, and evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Identify program needs and priorities by engaging partners and stakeholders. Collaborate with other researchers and Extension faculty and private and public agencies to develop relevant science-based solutions to address prioritized challenges and opportunities.
  • Engage with community-based and regional organizations to support innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development within local, regional, or state boundaries as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain efficient methods for addressing high volumes of topically repetitive clientele inquiries through scholarly outputs like Extension publications, videos, and other digital communications and engagement tools and strategies.
  • Follow OSU and division brand guidelines, digital publishing standards and digital contact management data integrity practices for programmatic communications, marketing and engagement.

c) Accountability
  • Develop annual plans of work that address educational needs as well as evaluate the quality and impact of Extension educational and research programs materials and digital communications.
  • Regularly measure and report program impact in the Faculty Success online platform.
  • Implement fee-based programming and cost-recovery practices to support and enhance program delivery.
  • Serve as a team member of the livestock, range and forages Extension working groups.
  • Keep records and provide necessary reports to Extension Administration, the department and/or college, including plans of work, narrative reports, impact statements, statistical reports, and reports of accomplishments.
  • Report outputs and outcomes to Extension regional directors and elected officials (where applicable) in the areas served.
  • Provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision makers relevant, science-based topical information when requested.
  • Utilize appropriate and effective methods of communication to promote Extension programs and market Extension across Oregon and nationally.
  • Attend training opportunities to build basic knowledge and consistent skills to use digital communications, marketing and engagement technologies relevant to position duties.
  • This position requires driving throughout assigned region to provide these Extension educational programming and services.

10% Applied Research
  • Conduct applied research activities that support Extension programming as well as demonstration projects in areas of specific need and clientele interest in forage, range, and/or animal sciences that emphasize multi-tactic practices, management, and novel technologies. Collaboration is expected with colleagues in other supporting disciplines including beef, range, livestock and other natural resources supporting disciplines.
  • Evaluate and document applied research and Extension impacts of programs and communicate the results to target audiences.
  • Communicate applied research progress and results to stakeholders and provide educational opportunities using peer reviewed publications, professional meetings, commodity group presentations, extension events and digital communication and engagement tools and systems (i.e., websites, publications, video conferencing and other online tools in a changing technological environment).
  • Design or adapt a clear evaluation protocol to evaluate and report research and Extension program impacts.
  • Individually and as part of teams, secure outside grants, and contracts and/or service fees to support and enhance position-appropriate educational and applied research programs and service activities. The faculty member will be expected to meet all reporting requirements of the funding sources, department, college, and university.
  • Keep abreast of, and interpret scientific, technological and industry developments and trends at state, regional, national, and international levels.

10% ScholarshipAssigned duties for this position are expected to result in scholarly outcomes. Refer to section V of the OSU Faculty Handbook on Promotion & Tenure:

Discover new knowledge and develop creative solutions and applications for problems related to aspects of livestock, beef, forage, and range sciences.

Research discoveries should be communicated to the scientific community, Extension audiences, and practitioners using innovative and contemporary tools in both oral and written venues, including web-based formats. Communication may include refereed journal articles, Extension publications, presentations to state, regional, and national commodity and professional groups, media, and other outlets as appropriate.

Scholarly and creative work is intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers and that is communicated. Emphasis in scholarship should be placed on outcomes that recognize activities as a professional practitioner in community settings as defined by the incumbent’s position description.

To achieve promotion, scholarship for this position must include peer reviewed materials that are durable and findable in the web environment. These are typically of the two types shown below but as our communication worlds change, other types of scholarship may fit these durability and findable criteria:
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals which might encompass description and evaluation of novel community-based professional practice or research application, program development and innovation, outcomes of innovative programs and/or services, definitive professional practice reviews, or case reports among others.
  • Authorship of extension publications, local or regional “practice” publications, book chapters, other educational materials, and digital media if it is either peer reviewed before dissemination or if there is evidence of its adoption and use by peers.

To achieve promotion, there must be an on-going record that both of these types of scholarship are being done though each does not need to be present in every year of record. Documentation must also be provided that shows these scholarly outputs have had impact. These durable, web-findable materials may be augmented by other forms of peer validation such as the following:
  • Invited presentations, poster and podium presentations, and published abstracts and/or proceedings at state, regional and national levels, provided that evidence of peer validation is provided.
  • Documented impact due to local or regional adoption of improved practices, methods, or programs.
  • Secured competitive grants and contracts appropriate for the scope and focus of the faculty member’s position.
  • Named inventor of a protected intellectual property in the faculty member’s field.
  • Recognition as a professional practitioner in community settings as demonstrated by
    • honorary degrees
    • awards recognizing community, professional and/or scientific achievements
    • fellowships in national professional and/or scientific organizations
    • requests to serve as a technical advisor to government agencies, industry, or professional groups

Best practice to ensure scholarship is durable and web-findable:
  • Participating in the periodic review of published website content for accuracy, readability and relevancy
  • Utilizing library and open source resources for cataloging, citing and archiving
  • Tagging, curating, descriptive titles and other methods to ensure scholarship displays where and how web visitors may look for it
  • Sharing with peers, partners and media to encourage links to it from other websites and media sources

Best practice is to ensure an inclusive scholarship:
  • Including diverse perspectives on the research team, particularly among co-principal investigators
  • Emphasizing diversity to address broadening participation in grant proposals
  • Writing articles and books that address issues of diversity/social justice
  • Presenting conference papers on issues of diversity/social justice
  • Increasing the diversity of students who serve as research assistants

5% Service
  • Serve as a liaison to area organizations that serve the position’s target audiences.
  • Participate in departmental and faculty meetings and committees, and serve on departmental, Extension, College and University committees that are consistent with the duties of this position. There is an expectation to balance service at multiple levels within the institution with service to the profession (e.g. professional societies).
  • Become involved in community service through cooperation with other agencies and organizations. Contribute to the common goals and needs of Extension.
  • Serve as an advisor on industry boards such as Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Oregon Beef Council and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
  • Develop and maintain year-round public relations connections natural resources agencies.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities including in-service training, international volunteer technical consultancies, and active involvement in professional domestic and international societies and associations as appropriate.
  • Service on local, state, regional, and national advisory committees, and task forces, as appropriate to position responsibilities.
  • Assist with the maintenance of the OSU Extension system on a statewide level. Cooperate with agencies and organizations statewide and other relevant locations.
  • Serve as a safe space point of contact for diverse students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences or Crop and Soil Science.
  • Assist in cohesive marketing of Extension locally, regionally, and statewide.
  • Attend training opportunities to build basic knowledge and consistent skills to use digital communications, marketing and engagement technologies relevant to position duties.
  • Provide mentorship for newer faculty and students where applicable.
  • Participate in appropriate professional and scientific organizations specific to the position discipline.
  • Maintain active membership in appropriate professional organizations such as Society of Range Management.

What You Will Need
  • Master’s degree in animal sciences, rangeland sciences, natural resources, agriculture, or closely related field. Degree must be completed by start date.
  • Demonstrated teaching (formal and/or informal) skills that are appropriate for adult learners and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain the license throughout employment.
  • Practical knowledge of beef cattle, irrigated forage, and/or arid-climate rangeland production systems.
  • Knowledge and ability to use computers, including proficiency with information technology, professional office software, and collaborative work platforms.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to using multiple forms of digital communications tools and systems, including websites, email newsletters, social media, and other tools in a changing technological environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to lead groups.
  • Ability to plan, organize, manage, and evaluate, non-formal education programs.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and evidence of successful time management skills.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Doctoral degree in animal sciences, rangeland sciences, natural resources, agriculture, or closely related field.
  • Experience delivering Extension or other informal or community education.
  • Demonstrated understanding of needs and impact assessment techniques and their application to Extension programs and services.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering digital engagement strategies, including use of online content, multimedia, email campaigns, customer relationship management systems or marketing methods.
  • Experience with advisory committees.
  • Experience securing external funding support for educational and/or research programs.
  • Experience working with or advising farmers or ranchers.
  • Experience working with public or government land management agencies.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
  • The ability to transport and lift/carry/push/pull field and office equipment/materials weighing up to 40 lbs. is required.
  • Travel is required to provide educational programming and services throughout Lake County and in the Southern region as necessary.

Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A Curriculum Vitae

2) A Cover Letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) A Diversity Initiative Response addressing the following:
How would you use this position to advance opportunities for outreach and inclusion to underserved groups in your community? (upload as Diversity Statement)

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:
Gordon Jones

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has “critical or security-sensitive” responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSU’s Employee and Labor Relations team at

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