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Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture with University of Maine in Orono, Maine

Type of position Tenure-track, 50% Research, 50% Teaching. Academic-year Appointment
Employer University of Maine
Description of Employer Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/
Location Orono, Maine
Description of Location The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university. As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.
Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/
The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short- and long-term disability as well as retirement plan options.UMaine is located in beautiful central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, relatively little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.
Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here. https://www.visitbangormaine.com/about-the-region/the-region-at-a-glance/
Salary $66,000
Benefits Health, dental, vision, retirement.
Closing date of competition Screening begins on 04/20/2019
Date position available 09/01/2019
Description of duties Position Title: Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture

Unit: School of Food and Agriculture-OSFA

 Statement of the Job: The School of Food and Agriculture seeks a broadly-trained agroecologist for an academic-year, full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level.  The appointment will be split between research (50%) and teaching (50%) responsibilities.  The successful applicant will develop a strong research program with a systems perspective that includes forward-thinking technological innovations and is oriented toward helping Maine farms build resilience by integrating agroecological principles related to crop, soil, and pest management with ecological and economic performance.  Teaching will primarily be at the undergraduate level and focused on providing rich learning experiences to students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have a faculty appointment in the School of Food and Agriculture and the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and will provide applied research expertise in sustainable cropping systems relevant to Maine agricultural systems.  We seek a candidate able to develop a nationally-competitive, externally-funded research program in a relevant area of agroecology that will benefit Maine’s agricultural stakeholders.  The successful candidate will have many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in crop science, weed science, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, forestry, horticulture, ecology, and economics, among other disciplines.  Examples of relevant research themes include soil fertility and soil health management, integrated crop-livestock systems, and cropping systems and practices that enhance sustainability and/or manage risks due to climate change and extreme weather events. Research will explore innovative practices related to current as well as new crops, with environmental, social, and economic sustainability as important measures of success.  The successful candidate will have a leadership role in hands-on student learning activities such as a student-run CSA operation. The initial teaching assignment includes the following alternate-year undergraduate classes: Cropping Systems, Vegetable and Fruit Production, and either Sustainable Food Systems or Soil Organic Matter Management, as well as the program capstone class every year, and academic advising. The opportunity exists for this hire to contribute to curriculum development in the Sustainable Agriculture program and to develop a course related to his or her expertise.  

Qualifications sought Required:

Ph.D. in agroecology, agronomy, horticulture, weed science, soil science or another closely related field; strong potential for, or established record of effectiveness in, teaching, research, and public service; and interest in developing projects of relevance to agricultural stakeholders.


Excellent communication skills appropriate for technical and non-technical audiences; demonstrated track record of collaborative research, including seeking external funding and publishing in peer-reviewed journals; demonstrated interest in, and experience with, innovative teaching modalities.

Contact for additional information Eric Gallandt
Professor of Weed Ecology and Management
Application procedure  
Submit what Copies of Transcripts, Cover Letter, Other, Research Statement, Resume/CV, Teaching Statement
Submit to To Apply:
Additional Information As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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