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Extension Specialist, Crops and Soils


Date of posting here December 07, 2011
Type of position Assistant Professor, tenure-track, 0.8 extension, 0.2 research
Employer Kansas State University
Description of Employer Position is administered through the Southwest Area Extension Office with the tenure home in the Agronomy Department and with research support through the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers.
Location Southwest Area Extension Office, 4500 E. Mary Street, Garden City, KS 67846-9132
Salary Commensurate with background and experience.
Benefits This is an unclassified position of K-State Research and Extension. The Kansas State University benefits package includes a retirement plan, group health and life insurance plans, worker’s compensation, vacation, sick leave, and other employment benefits. For additional information, see http://www.ksu.edu/hr/benefits/index.html
Closing date of competition APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 27, 2012
Date position available This position is available on or after April 1, 2012
Description of duties
  • Provide leadership for extension educational programs in crops, soils, weeds, forage, and rangelands in Southwest Kansas, which includes an ability to plan, design, implement, provide training, evaluate, account for, and market significant extension education programs.
  • Develop a cooperative extension and applied research program in agronomy with an interdisciplinary team of extension specialists and research scientists. This program will be responsive to the issues and needs of the people of southwest Kansas and integrate with other subject matter disciplines at the area and state level where appropriate. The position will also help supervise the variety testing program at the southwest research and extension center.
  • Meet expectations of extension-related scholarship and applied research. Extension scholarship includes developing traditional extension publications and bulletins, interacting and sharing ideas with other extension and research colleagues, and communication with clientele via public meetings/ conferences, web sites, and electronic means. The applied research program should complement the extension educational goals and objectives and include participation in appropriate professional organizations, and publishing in agronomy related outlets as outlined in departmental promotion and tenure guidelines.
Qualifications sought Required:

  • Ph.D. at the time of appointment in agronomy (crops, soils, range, forage, or weed science) or related field.
  • Experience or training in production agriculture.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with oral and written communication in English.
  • Commitment to work in multi-cultural setting and create an environment that fosters diversity collegiality and teamwork.


  • Experience with High Plains or Midwest crop production practices.
  • Experience with irrigated agricultural production.
  • Documented evidence of planning and delivering extension programming.
  • Proven ability to conceive, plan, implement and publish applied research.
  • Experience with developing competitive grant proposals.
Contact for additional information Full job description may be found at the following link: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/doc12353.ashxFOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, ACCESS:

Southwest Area Extension Office – http://www.southwest.ksu.edu

Department of Agronomy – http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu

Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center – http://www.wkarc.org

Application procedure
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HOW TO APPLY: Submit by e-mail using PDF files: a narrative summarizing goals and qualifications, a personal resume, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the search committee.
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Submit application materials to:Phil Sloderbeck, Area Extension Director
Southwest Research and Extension Center

Email: psloderb@ksu.edu
Telephone: 620-275-9164

Address letters of reference to:

Search Committee, Extension Specialist, Crops and Soils
Southwest Research and Extension Center
4500 E. Mary Street
Garden City, KS 67846


Email: psloderb@ksu.edu

Additional Information KANSAS STATE UNIVERISTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees. BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED
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