Assistant Professor of Agronomy, School of Agricultural Sciences

Northwest Missouri State University
Missouri, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Employment Type
Full Time

PRIMARY DUTY:  A nine-month, tenure track position responsible for providing undergraduate instruction in crop science, plant protection, and/or soil science in the School of Agricultural Sciences. Ideal qualities include: demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, student support, university service, and scholarly activity, ability to integrate technology and profession-based learning into course materials, versatility and willingness to serve as an integral part of a diversified and active team of agricultural faculty.



  1. Teach 23-26 credit hours per academic year including:
  • Weed Science
  • Applied Entomology
  • Soil & Water Management
  • Agricultural Pesticides
  • Crop Scouting
  • Advanced Crop Production
  • Plant Diseases
  • Operate technologies relevant to the discipline

      2. Participate in professional development including grant writing and research activities

      3.Supervise and advise students and student organization

      4.Participate in University service including committee work and departmental service projects

      5.Collaborate with private and governmental entities

      6. Commit to the development and execution of profession-based learning opportunities    

      7.Commit to the development of additional curriculum in crop and soil science

  • Perform other duties as assigned


    Education: Ph.D. in Agronomy or Crop/Soil Science or closely related field

    Experience:  Demonstrated successful teaching in agronomy or crop/soil science at the college-level

    Skills: Evidence of: successful teaching and curriculum development skills; knowledge of U.S. agricultural production systems; effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; strong organizations skills; operation of relevant laboratory equipment; ability with GISciences and emerging cropping systems; collaboration/outreach with government agencies & private entities

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Typical university classroom, office, and laboratory conditions 




    EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Common laboratory and field equipment used in plant science, common classroom equipment and software     


    COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the city’s website at


    UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of more than 7,200 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.


    Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.


    The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.


    Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”


    For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit


    SCHOOL: The School of Agricultural Sciences has an enrollment of nearly 600 students with 14 faculty members. The mission of the School of Agricultural Sciences is to serve the students and the agricultural industry by:

    • Providing high-quality degree programs utilizing an interdisciplinary approach
    • Enhancing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of students
    • Utilizing usable and sustainable technologies to prepare students for the 21st century
    • Integrating theory and application to provide high-quality services to the regional agricultural industry

    More details are available at



    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Screening of applications will begin February 10, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled 


    DATE AVAILABLE: August 2022    


    TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts (copies are acceptable at the time of application) and the contact information for three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.



    Rod Barr, Director

    School of Agricultural Sciences

    800 University Drive

    Maryville, MO  64468

    Phone: 660-562-1620


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