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Extension Crops and Soil Sciences Assistant Professor of Practice with OSU Extension Service in Moro, Oregon

Type of position Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Employer OSU Extension Service
Description of Employer Oregon State University and OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that these commitments are achieved. In addition, all faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.
Location Moro, Oregon
Salary Commensurate with Education and Experience
Closing date of competition 05/15/19
Date position available 05/15/19
Description of duties

The Crop and Soil Extension Field Facility invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term Assistant Professor (Practice) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of Regional Director and Program Leader.

This Assistant Professor (Practice) position is stationed in the Sherman County OSU Extension Office in Moro, Oregon. An academic home must be determined within six months from the start date. Active contributions to scholarship are required (see the scholarship duties section, below, for details).

As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension program development, delivery, and evaluation, and for conducting applied research to support Extension activities.

This faculty member develops and conducts educational programs and contributes to applied field research activities in topics relevant to crops, livestock and general agriculture as well as economic development and community development in Sherman and Wasco counties.

This position will serve as an educational liaison to local agricultural organizations and state and federal agencies as well as work collaboratively with area agricultural producers, commodity organizations and subject matter specialists to provide Extension programs in assigned region.

Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools including online and hybrid classes, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.

Active and effective communication with colleagues and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will require traveling.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.

Oregon State University and OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that these commitments are achieved. In addition, all faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.

Qualifications sought

Minimum qualifications: 

Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Education, Natural Resources, Soils, Crops, or closely related field. Degree must be completed by application date.

Ability to gather, interpret and communicate clearly and effectively broad-based scientific information with community and industry stakeholders as well as the basic working knowledge about how to conduct applied field research.

Ability to lead groups, create partnerships, and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management.

Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.

Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including the effective use of electronic (traditional and web-based) and printed mass media.

General ability to use common computers, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.

Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.


80% – Extension Teaching, Advising, and Other Assignments:

Conduct needs assessment of educational and research priorities for the agricultural program in Sherman and Wasco counties.

Develop and utilize a program advisory committee and/or other advisory mechanisms as necessary to identify program needs, assist in program implementation and evaluate program effectiveness.

Design, implement and evaluate needs-based Extension educational program and materials.

Meet the informational needs, including walk-in questions, by accessing information from a variety of sources and disseminate through appropriate mechanisms (Ask an Expert, social media, newsletters, radio, television, internet, presentations, etc.).

Participate in and/or lead group and team activities including Extension working groups

Develop online learning courses, individually or as part of a team, through the OSU Professional and Continuing Education platform (PACE), that meet local and regional needs.

Report outcomes and impacts of educational programs. Keep records and provide necessary reports to Extension Administration and the College of Agricultural Sciences including plans of work, narrative reports, statistical reports, impacts and reports of accomplishment.

Serve as an educational liaison to local agricultural organizations and state and federal agricultural related agencies.

Network and collaborate with subject matter specialists, other faculty, other agencies and agricultural professionals to provide Extension programs in assigned region as appropriate.

Collaborate with area field crops faculty to coordinate and make available programs related to pesticide safety and certification including pre-exam training courses.

Facilitate effective communication with key stakeholders and the public to promote programs, market Extension and increase support for Extension and Agricultural programs.

Acquire grant funding to offset program costs and develop or support new extension and research programs.

Participate as an OSU representative and provider of scientific information in stakeholder-driven agricultural based planning efforts

Participate in professional development opportunities that enhance the educational programming capacities and administrative leadership.

Include a diversity of perspectives in program content.

Work to increase the diversity of learners who may serve as research assistants where applicable.

10% – Scholarly Outcomes:

Assigned duties for this position are expected to result in scholarly outcomes. Scholarly and creative work is intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers and that is communicated. Emphasis in scholarship should be placed on outcomes that recognize activities as a professional practitioner in community settings as defined by the incumbent’s position description.

To achieve promotion, scholarship for this position must include peer reviewed materials that are durable and findable in the web environment. These are typically of the two types shown below but as our communication worlds change, other types of scholarship may fit these durability and findable criteria:

• Publications in peer-reviewed journals which might encompass description and evaluation of novel community-based professional practice or research application, program development and innovation, outcomes of innovative programs and/or services, definitive professional practice reviews, or case reports among others.

• Authorship of extension publications, local or regional “practice” publications, book chapters, other educational materials and electronic information delivery media if it is either peer reviewed before dissemination or if there is evidence of its adoption and use by peers.

To achieve promotion, there must be an on-going record that both of these types of scholarship are being done though each does not need to be present in every year of record. Documentation must also be provided that shows these scholarly outputs have had impact.

These durable, web-findable materials may be augmented by other forms of peer validation such as the following:

• Invited presentations, poster and podium presentations, and published abstracts and/or proceedings at state, regional and national levels, provided that evidence of peer validation is provided.
• Documented impact due to local or regional adoption of improved practices, methods, or programs.
• Secured competitive grants and contracts appropriate for the scope and focus of the faculty member’s position.
• Named inventor of a protected intellectual property in the faculty member’s field.
• Recognition as a professional practitioner in community settings as demonstrated by
o Honorary degrees
o Awards recognizing community, professional and/or scientific achievements
o Fellowships in national professional and/or scientific organizations
o Requests to serve as a technical advisor to government agencies, industry, or professional groups

For more information on the scholarly outcome expectations for this position, please refer to the “Guidelines for Professor of Practice Appointments and Promotion” contained in the OSU Faculty Handbook.

5% – Organizational Accountability:

Utilize technology successfully as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask-an-Expert.

Use multiple methods of electronic communication (i.e. web sites, publications, video conferencing and other online methods) to collaborate internally and externally as appropriate.

Implement fee-based programming and cost-recovery practices, develop partnerships, and solicit external funding to support and enhance educational programs as appropriate.

Organize and maintain program advisory and management committees or networks to identify program needs, make recommendations, assist in program implementation, and evaluate program effectiveness.

Develop an annual plan of work addressing educational needs as well as evaluate the quality and impact of educational programs provided to audiences as appropriate.

Link your program level output with the overall OSU Extension and University brand in all opportunities. Provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision makers the understanding and context on how your program level Extension work relates to overall Extension programming output. Annually provide impact statement reports adhering to Extension criteria.

Contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of teaching, educational delivery, advising, research, Extension, service, and/or scholarly outcomes. Outputs and impacts of efforts to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity should be included in promotion dossiers.

5% – Service:

Serve as an effective team member in the office and the Central Region area.

Provide service to academic home, college and university through committee service and leadership as appropriate and requested by administrators and peers.

Serve on state, regional, local, and national advisory committees appropriate to position responsibilities and participate in professional organization activities.

Assist in cohesive marketing of Extension.

The faculty member is encouraged to participate in community service.

Contact for additional information For additional information please contact:
Clive Kaiser at Clive.Kaiser@oregonstate.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what When applying you will be required to attach:
1) Resume/Vita; finalists will be required to give an open presentation which will include the distribution of their Resume/Vita; and

2) A Cover Letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. The Cover Letter must speak to each required qualification.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

Submit to To review posting and apply, please visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/75253. Posting #P02928UF. Closing date: 05/15/2019. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.
Additional Information OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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