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Assistant Professor Crop Science with University of Wisconsin-River Falls in River Falls, Wisconsin

Type of position The University of Wisconsin–River Falls invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Crop Science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor undergraduate teaching position in the Plant and Earth Science Department. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of (1) agronomic crop production practices; (2) integrated pest management; and (3) weed science. Additional expertise in plant pathology, sustainable production practices, or crop physiology will be beneficial. Teaching and research facilities include newly renovated state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory spaces, greenhouse facility, as well as a 475-acre multi-enterprise livestock and crop laboratory farm.
Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision, and other funding sources.

UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research. We therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activities. Faculty members are expected to accomplish a record of scholarly achievement, including (but not limited to) mentoring of undergraduate research projects with opportunities to collaborate among other disciplines in the College. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The department is one of five within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, which has a total enrollment of over 1500 undergraduate students.

Appointment date is August 27, 2018. More information about the college and department can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/

Deadline to apply and review of applications will begin on April 22, 2018. Please see the University’s website for the application process, complete position description and qualifications at https://jobs.uwrf.edu

Employer University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Description of Employer The University of Wisconsin – River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF’s 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; and Education and Professional Studies.

The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.

Location River Falls, Wisconsin
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date of competition April 22, 2018
Date position available August 27, 2018
Description of duties

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaching 100%

  • Teach the following courses: Integrated Pest Management, Weed Control, Introductory Plant Science, Plant and Seed Identification, plus additional courses depending on candidate’s expertise.
  • Modify existing courses or develop new courses, as needed, to create a dynamic curriculum that prepares students for professional careers.
  • Incorporate new pedagogies, active learning techniques, and technologies into courses, with the objective of creating strong, dynamic, and effective courses that engage students.
  • Engage in scholarly activity, which can include developing a research program, mentoring undergraduate research projects, and/or participation in professional organizations.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities including advising of students in curriculum and career planning, involvement in student organizations, internship supervision, and undergraduate research mentoring.
  • Establish collaborations with appropriate industry partners to facilitate internships and other learning opportunities for students and help ensure relevancy of programs and curricula.
  • Participate in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college, and university levels
  • Engage in community service where academic expertise can be shared.
Qualifications sought

Qualifications Required:

  • D. in Agronomy, Crop Science, or a related discipline, ABD candidates may be considered for a conditional appointment with preferred completion date by date of hire, but no later than the end of December 2018.
  • Demonstrated expertise in agronomic crop production including but not limited to integrated pest management, weed control and plant pathology.
  • Ability to successfully teach dynamic and innovative lecture, laboratory, hybrid, and/or other types of courses to undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated scholar as evidenced by research activities or involvement in extension or professional organizations.
  • Desire to participate in co-curricular activities including advising of students in curriculum and career planning, involvement in student organizations, internship supervision, and undergraduate research mentoring.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively within a team as an effective team member.


Qualifications Preferred:

  • Teaching experience or professional development/coursework related to teaching in higher education.
  • Expertise in additional areas of crop science such as crop physiology or sustainable agriculture.
  • Applied research experience in integrated pest management, plant pathology or weed control.
  • Field experience related to agronomic crop production.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in developing collaborations with industry partners.
Contact for additional information Inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Veronica Justen, Search Committee Chair
Plant and Earth Science Department
Application procedure  
Submit what Submit:
• Curriculum vitae (resume)
• Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
• A three-part statement, not to exceed 3 pages, covering
o your primary and secondary teaching interests, experience in classroom, and any evidence of successful teaching at the college level
o your expertise in agronomic crop production, integrated pest management; and weed science
o your applied research and scholarly activity agenda. (Other Document)
• An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
• Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (references).
Submit to Materials not submitted through https://jobs.uwrf.edu/ cannot be considered.

Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by April 22, 2018. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

Additional Information The University of Wisconsin – River Falls is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul statistical area. Women/Minorities/Disability/Vet AA/EEO.
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