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Marion F. Bass Distinguished Professorship (Agricultural Sciences) 3450

UNC Pembroke
North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 4, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Primary Purpose of Position:  

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke invites applications for the Marion F. Bass Distinguished Professorship in STEM. This endowed position will focus on Agricultural Sciences. 

The distinguished professor will have the rank of full Professor in the Department of Biology and be tenure eligible. The teaching load will be two courses per semester. Annual discretionary funds, currently $15,000, will be available to support research and initiatives of this position.  In addition to excellence in teaching, faculty are expected to mentor/advise students and engage in scholarship and professional service. Faculty mentor students by way of our NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program, the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions grant, the Department of Defense Research and Education Program, as well as intramural support avenues. Opportunities exist for optional appointments in the Maynor Honors College and in the Graduate School to support the Science Education Program. In service to the University and Department, the Marion F. Bass Distinguished Professor will i) actively engage the public about the benefits of a UNCP agriculture program, ii) give presentations on agricultural studies and training to assist current and future farmers, and iii) develop relationships with farmers and industry to facilitate innovation, student internships, and growth of agricultural science at UNCP    Information about the Department of Biology can be viewed here. The courses supporting the Agricultural Science Emphasis, track, and minor can be viewed here.    Job Description:     The University of North Carolina at Pembroke invites applications for the Marion F. Bass Distinguished Professorship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, to identify an innovative leader who will prioritize challenges facing today’s farmers while also empowering the next generation of farmers to embrace new and sustainable technologies. The endowed position will allow the visionary leader to advance our new Agricultural Science Emphasis, guiding the development of high-impact field research sites for animal and crop science studies. 

Qualified candidates will have an outstanding record of externally funded grants (and/or significant industry experience) and research publications. The position will contribute to the establishment of a dynamic agricultural sciences program through community engagement, partnerships with agricultural organizations, and collaborative relationships with local farmers.   Special consideration will be given to candidates having demonstrated expertise in novel technologies and advanced agricultural practices designed to help farmers thrive in the face of increasing environmental pressures. Candidates with a background in plant or animal sciences that is relevant to North Carolina, a state with one of the largest and most diverse agricultural industries in the U.S. (with 8.4 million acres of farmland), and whose outreach can promote the economic vitality of rural communities, are encouraged to apply. Candidates who can develop courses in soil health, field cropping, plant pathology, poultry science, swine science, genetics, and breeding are especially encouraged to apply. 
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNC Pembroke), part of the University of North Carolina system, is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. UNC Pembroke has a student population of over 8000 in various graduate, undergraduate, and professional programs. Originally founded in 1887 to educate American Indians, UNC Pembroke has grown rapidly in recent years and today is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse universities in the eastern United States. Southeastern North Carolina offers proximity to major cities and nearby beaches and an affordable cost of living. Additional information about the university ( and department ( is available online. The Biology Department has a strong record of teaching, publication and presentation of scholarly research, and university and department service. 

To apply, please upload the following to our Online Employment System at 1) cover letter, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) a 2-page research statement, 4) a 2-page teaching statement, and 5) names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references. Additionally, a 500-word diversity statement and a sample or proposed syllabus from a relevant course are allowed. Transcripts needed only upon request. Communications can be directed to: Dr. Bryan Sales, Chair of Search Committee, Dept. of Biology, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372 or Review of credentials will begin immediately. Special consideration will be given to applications that are received by December 1, 2021.   Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:  Ph.D. in appropriate discipline and experience teaching in higher education is required. Qualified candidates will have an outstanding record of externally funded grants (and/or significant industry experience) and research publications.   Special Instructions to Applicants:  This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable). In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 as a part of the online application process. 

UNC Pembroke is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibits discrimination against all individuals based on their age, race, color, genetic information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and national origin. UNC Pembroke is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.
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