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Assistant Professor in Agroecology with North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC

Type of position Tenure-Track Faculty, 9-month appointment
Employer North Carolina State University
Description of Employer The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences encompasses diverse disciplines in research extension and teaching. The department’s mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil, and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings; and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

The Crop and Soil Sciences Department has had a widely recognized erosion and sediment control program for more than 20 years. Applied research and extension have been highly integrated to provide the construction industry the most cost-effective practices to deal with erosion, sediment, and turbidity. These are an important part of international, state and local training programs, including a required certification program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). A field site has been developed near campus for both research and hands-on training with simulated rainfall and storm flows available. The erosion and sediment control program has long been supported by NCDOT to continually improve their construction site stormwater practices. A soil scientist from NC State University is also required to be a member of the North Carolina Sediment Control Commission, which was enacted by the NC Legislature in 1973.

The Crop and Soil Sciences Department has had a robust agricultural non-point source program for over 40 years; some of the earliest national research was conducted at NC State. We have also had a very robust program around the effectiveness of agricultural water quality practices. Like the sediment program, there is a requirement for an extension faculty to serve on several boards and committees, some of them under state statute. State-level nutrient impaired river basin or lake rules (Neuse, Tar-Pam, Jordan, and Falls) require a NC State University agricultural extension scientist to sit on four river basin committees and provide research-based information. Additionally, USDA-NRCS and Soil and Water Conservation depend on faculty from Crop and Soil Sciences to serve on boards that evaluate agricultural conservation practices that protect water quality.

Location Raleigh, NC
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Closing date of competition Applications will be accepted until an acceptable candidate is identified.
Date position available 07/01/2023
Description of duties
The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor with formal appointments in Academic (70%) and Research (25%), and Service (5%). This position reports to the Department Head of Crop and Soil Science.

This is an academic weighted position that will focus on leading the Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems B.S. major, teaching, recruiting and mentoring students in this program. Teaching responsibilities would include teaching at least three (3) core agroecology courses each year, an Introduction to Agroecology course (CS 230), Advanced Agroecology course and lab (CS 430/530) and an online section of the CS 230 class. Additional responsibilities will include directing the Agroecology Education Farm, a 6-acre living learning field facility and experiential teaching resource for the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and located at the Lake Wheeler Field Station. The individual will supervise the Agroecology Education Farm manager, a position funded jointly with the department and NC State Dining who provides oversight for the farm production and supports class tours and projects, volunteers and student interns.

The Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems B.S. degree was established in 2018 as a cross departmental major between the departments of Crop and Soil Sciences and Horticultural Science where this position will advise the Agroecology Research and Production and Community Food Systems concentrations. The department of Horticultural Science is responsible for advising for the Urban Horticulture concentration. The candidate will work closely with the Department of Horticulture academic leadership to carry out collaborative recruitment strategies and effective communication for students across the major.

Candidates must have a substantial knowledge in agroecology and sustainable agriculture and demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching and mentoring. The applicant must have strong communication skills, and the ability to teach and develop new course materials as needed for Agroecology classes. Candidates should be passionate about teaching, advising, and mentoring all students and recruiting diverse students into the program including female students, students of color, and students with disabilities. Candidates should show interest in leadership development of students, advise students in internship and research program requirements, and serve as the Adviser for the department Agroecology Student Club. The successful candidate will lead student recruitment for this program and make a determined effort to interact with local, state related educational institutions and associations as well as coordinate with departmental and college recruitment efforts.

With the heavy teaching and advising load, a successful candidate will need to develop a collaborative research program. Efficiency and resilience of crop production systems could serve as a broad theme and would find natural alliances within the department and across the university. Additional research could also focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning in agroecology and agriculture education, hands-on learning, community engagement with diverse learners and other educational research. The individual will be expected to interact and work closely with multidisciplinary faculty in Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticultural Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Agricultural Extension, and others at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), as well as across college departments at NC State University and other leaders nationally, and internationally.

Qualifications sought
State Minimum Education and Experience
Requires doctor’s degree, an equivalent degree, or equivalent professional experience.

Advertised Minimum Education and Experience
  • Ph.D. degree in Agroecology, Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Soil Science, or closely related disciplines, with interdisciplinary experience an asset.

Department Required Skills
  • Demonstrated experience working in agricultural systems;
  • Demonstrated experience using systems approach to address agroecological topics;
  • Demonstrated teaching experience;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal relations;
  • Strong ability to work on interdisciplinary teams and mentor students at all levels.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching degree or certificates.
  • Successful record of collaboration, publication in refereed journals.
  • Postdoctoral or equivalent experience in a related discipline

Required License or Certification
  • A valid driver’s license is required for travel. Valid Driver’s License and the ability to obtain an NC Driver’s Licence within 60 days of hire.

Valid NC Driver’s License required? Yes
Contact for additional information Dr. Ramon Leon ([email protected])
Application procedure  
Submit what In addition to your application, please submit the following documents:

1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of teaching philosophy, research accomplishments and interest.
4. Contact information (names, email addresses, telephone numbers) for at least three (3) professional references.

Submit to Position details and application can be found: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/183204
Additional Information NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world. NC State’s land grant mission of teaching, research and service is dedicated to the service of North Carolina and its people. Applicants are encouraged to review the institution’s mission, vision and strategic plan, and consider how their background, interest and experience would enable them to support the university.

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