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Professor and Department Head, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
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Posted date
Oct 13, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Posting Number F1041P Working Title Professor and Department Head, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Department CAES-Crop & Soil Sciences About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. About the College/Unit/Department
The mission of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is to seek, verify and apply knowledge related to agriculture and the environment, and to dissemiate this knowledge through student education and public outreach programs.

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ( CAES ) is among the best and most established U.S. colleges of agriculture. In its classrooms, its Agricultural Experiment Stations, and its statewide network of UGA Cooperative Extension offices, the faculty, and staff of CAES are dedicated to discovering, teaching, and delivering the science required for healthy living to flourish in Georgia. Agricultural and environmental sciences are only as important as the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the water and air around you. To improve the quality and guard the safety of life’s necessities, CAES has gathered world-renowned scientists and exceptional students.

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is a multifunctional, multidisciplinary department committed to excelling as an authority in the crop, soil, and environmental sciences. The department supports research, teaching, and UGA Cooperative Extension programs. As a respected provider of both leading-edge technology and science-based knowledge, we serve a clientele that includes students, farmers, agribusinesses, consumers, nonprofits, and governmental agencies. College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Minorities & Females Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 01/01/2022 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 10/13/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATION : Nominations are encouraged and will be accepted. Nominations, questions, and/or other inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Douglas Bailey, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, email: , CAES, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706.542.1611

Applications received by December 31, 2021 will be assured full consideration; however, screening will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit the following documentation:
  • Formal letter stating the applicant’s qualifications for the position and a statement of leadership philosophy;
  • Current resume that includes a list of publications;
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and
  • List of four references with contact information including email addresses.
    References will not be contacted without further communication with the applicant.
Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.
Position Details

Classification Title Department Chair/Head AC FLSA Faculty Rank Professor Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Tenured Minimum Qualifications
A Ph.D. in Crop or Soil Sciences or a related discipline. Position Summary
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences .
  • This is a 12-month, tenured position.
  • Research, teaching, and extension faculty and students are located at the Athens, Tifton, and Griffin Campuses.
  • Program emphasis areas include plant breeding and genetics, molecular biology and genomics, plant physiology, crop sciences and biotechnology, weed science, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil health, hydrology, and environmental sciences.
  • There is a growing emphasis on sustainability and systems-based approaches to the interdisciplinary issues in these fields. Undergraduate majors are offered in Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Environmental Resource Science, Turfgrass Management, and Water and Soil Resources. Outstanding graduate programs leading to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree are supported by a large graduate faculty with diverse research programs and broad disciplinary expertise. Innovative graduate-level programs include an area of emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture and a dual M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture) with the University of Padova, Italy. Programs of study can be developed in the research emphasis areas listed above.
  • Graduate studies and research programs are characterized by strong interdepartmental and interdisciplinary ties. The Department hosts a large statewide Extension program focused on applied research to address the needs of farmers and the public in Georgia and worldwide.
  • The department head (or their designee) has oversight over a large field unit supporting research, teaching, and outreach as well as statewide programs such as a variety testing program and an automated state-wide weather network.
  • This position is highly engaged with the various commodity commissions, groups, and other stakeholders of departmental programs.

  • The department is supported by field, greenhouse, and lab facilities that enable your faculty and team members the opportunity to perform cutting edge research
  • This role would manage a robust fiscal budget to help promote the goals of the department
  • This role would work closely with and be supported by the department’s highly qualified fiscal and administrative professionals.
Additional Requirements Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
At least two years of higher education administrative experience is desirable.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and/or extension are required. Other essential qualifications include evidence of creative and innovative leadership, demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding, and the proven ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students. Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Specific responsibilities include faculty recruitment, management and leadership, student recruitment, faculty performance evaluations, coordinating promotion and tenure procedures, program planning and implementation, budget management, and management of physical facilities including both laboratory and field facilities. This position must also work effectively with and represent faculty to university and agency administrators, state and federal personnel, and industry stakeholders. Percentage Of Time 100 Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
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  2. Resume/CV
  3. Other Documents #1
  4. List of References with Contact Information
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