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Cotton and Peanut Extension Specialist with University of Arkansas – Division of Agriculture in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Type of position The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture invites applications for a 12-month, nontenure-track position (100% Extension) focusing on cotton and peanut extension. Office location will be at the newly constructed Jackson County Extension Center near Newport, AR or the Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center under construction near Harrisburg, AR. These locations offer ample field research space, proximity to stakeholders, and multiple living locations including rural communities and nearby towns/cities such as Searcy and Jonesboro.
Employer University of Arkansas – Division of Agriculture
Description of Employer The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences is one of nine academic departments in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, along with the School of Human Environmental Sciences. The department includes 13 Extension faculty at various Research and Extension Centers strategically located

around the state. Resident Instruction is provided by an additional 18 faculty members at the Fayetteville campus with approximately 185 undergraduate majors and 35 graduate students. The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Crop Science and Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences along with Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

More information regarding the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences and the University of Arkansas System can be obtained by visiting the website: https://crop-soil-environmental-sciences.uark.edu/.

Location Fayetteville, Arkansas
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date of competition Screening of applicants will begin February 13, 2023 and will continue until a qualified candidate is identified.
Date position available April, 2023
Description of duties

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will lead an externally funded, comprehensive, statewide, extension program in cotton and peanut management. Emphasis areas will include developing and disseminating new or improved management strategies that improve stakeholder profitability and sustainability, determining management strategies that improve end-use quality and advising stakeholders on implementation of best management practices, and development of extension programs to address emerging issues as needed to address stakeholder need and complement efforts of fellow extension and research team members. The position requires strong communication skills and the ability to effectively engage stakeholders. Publication in peer reviewed outlets, extension publications, web-based media, and popular press is expected as is periodic assessment of program impact. A collaborative approach to extension is expected. Integration of county agents into extension efforts and activities, timely response to agent questions, and development of effective training programs for agents are essential to success.


The incumbent will join an innovative and effective team of extension specialists with strong connections to Arkansas agriculture and stakeholders. Many opportunities exist in the University of Arkansas System to work with multidisciplinary teams of scientists, extension specialists, and stakeholders. Opportunities for regional and national cooperation and collaborations are also available and encouraged. Industry support for this position is strong, and the incumbent is expected to interact with producer, commodity, and professional groups for the development of extension initiatives. More information about the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service can be found at www.uaex.uada.edu

Qualifications sought

Qualifications: A PhD in agronomy, crop science, weed science, or a closely related discipline with emphasis on applied crop management is required (by date of hire). Required skills include the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, strong communication skills with the ability to effectively convey technical information to a non-technical audience orally and in writing and a commitment to fostering a diverse, collaborative, and collegial work environment. Flexibility to travel throughout the state is required.


Preferred qualifications include experience in cooperative extension and previous experience with cotton and/or peanut management.

Contact for additional information Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Tom Barber, Search Committee Chair, [email protected] (501) 676-3124
Application procedure  
Submit what Applicants should submit the following electronically. 1) Letter of application including a summary of relevant experiences and accomplishments; 2) A vision statement regarding your extension goals for this position; 3) A detailed vitae including a list of extension activities and publications, grant proposals written, and a summary of research and teaching activities; 4) A diversity statement 5) Official academic transcripts; and 6) List of three references with mailing and e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
Submit to Applications should be submitted electronically at https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UASYS/job/Cotton-and-Peanut-Extension-Specialist_R0029063 or by searching for R0029063 on the UADA jobs site at https://uada.edu/jobs/
Additional Information The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.