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Soil Ecologist with Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, MN

Type of position Department of Biological Sciences
Tenure Track, Assistant/Associate Professor
Employer Minnesota State University, Mankato
Description of Employer The Department of Biological Sciences has 800 undergraduate students pursuing BS degrees in Biology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biotechnology, and Environmental Sciences and 35 graduate students seeking MS degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences. The Department currently has over 20 tenure-track faculty. More information on the Biology Department can be found here: cset.mnsu.edu/biology/

University Demographics

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-working thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving ~18,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with >200 academic programs, from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18+% students of color and 1,300+ international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With ~1,700 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and generates $781.5 million in economic impact per year. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities. Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) position project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfeld Sports Directors’ Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation. Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at: www.mnsu.edu

Location Mankato, MN
Salary Depends on Qualifications
Benefits http://www.mnsu.edu/hr/benefitsoverview.html
Select the IFO bargaining unit
Closing date of competition Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2020.
Date position available 08/17/2020
Description of duties

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the following areas: Soil Ecology (BIOL 412/512); Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrients (to be developed); Intro to Soil Science (BIOL/GEOL 104; team-taught); General Biology II (BIOL 106, large enrollment course). Additionally, provide service to the University and Community through management of the Agriculture program internships and producer outreach activities.

  • This position will advise undergraduate majors.
  • This position will advise graduate majors.
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twenty four (24) credits of instruction per academic year.
  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.
  • May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university’s additional locations, as assigned.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, incontributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (See Article 22 and Appendix G of the http://www.mnsu.edu/hr/bargaining.html“>IFO Master Agreement)
Qualifications sought

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in a biological science, agronomy, crop science, or a related field, conferred on an official transcript and received in Human Resources by January 7, 2021.
  • A successful research record focused on soil ecology, sustainable agriculture, agronomic systems, soil management, soil-plant-microbe interactions, or soil health practices as they relate to agronomic systems, or a related field as evidenced by extramural funding, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and/or postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstration of field based research in agronomic systems.
  • Record of collaborative experience with producers and other stakeholder groups in agronomic systems.
  • Background or evidence of knowledge in soil biology and agronomic systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in one or more of the following: Agronomic systems, sustainable agriculture, soil health, biogeochemical cycling, environmental soil interactions, soil ecology, or soil/fungal ecology.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses listed above, along with additional courses depending on the department’s needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain an active research agenda.
  • Evidence of recent scholarly activity, including publications and/or professional presentations.
  • Post-doctoral experience.
Contact for additional information Dr. Ryan Wersal
Assistant Professor, Search Chair
Phone: 507-389-5728
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711
Email:ryan.wersal@mnsu.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume/CV
Cover Letter
Transcripts
Contact information for three (3) references
A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment.
A one (1) page statement of your teaching philosophy.
A one (1) page statement of your research/scholarly interests.
Submit to https://minnesotastate.peopleadmin.com/postings/1581
Additional Information Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
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