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Assistant Professor Weed Science – processed and fresh market vegetables and specialty seed with Horticulture Extension – Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR

Type of position tenure-track Assistant Professor position
Employer Horticulture Extension – Oregon State University
Description of Employer Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
• For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about

Location Corvallis, OR
Salary Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience
Benefits Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Closing date of competition 09/02/2023
Date position available 12/01/2023
Description of duties
45 % Extension Teaching & Related Assignments:
    • Utilize Oregon State University’s https://ctl.oregonstate.edu/sites/ctl.oregonstate.edu/files/six_principles_v3.pdf“>six principles of teaching excellence that include audience consideration, planning, enhanced engagement, teaching, assessment, and reflection to provide a high level of non-credit teaching for extension audiences.
    • Extension teaching methods may include but not be limited to classroom teaching, workshops, seminars, online teaching, hybrid teaching, all Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) formats, etc.
    • Collaboratively design, deliver and evaluate weed science educational programs for vegetable growers and industry field representatives. Programs will deliver critical information and practices to solve current production and stewardship challenges and provide knowledge and strategies to enhance Oregon’s position as a leader in vegetable production (processed, fresh market) and specialty seed crops (e.g., sugar beets, carrots, brassicas, onions, flowers, spinach).
    • Coordinate contributions to and serve as Senior Editor for the Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook for OR, WA, and ID. Actively participate in updating and maintaining vegetable and specialty seed sections of the Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook.
    • Identify program needs and priorities by engaging growers, stakeholder, commodity commissions, and others as appropriate, and adjust Extension and research focus accordingly.
    • Communicate research progress and results to stakeholders and provide educational opportunities using peer reviewed publications, professional meetings, commodity group presentations, extension events and electronic communication (i.e., web sites, publications, video conferencing and other online methods).
    • Use technology as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery for constituents including participating in Ask-Extension.
    • Engage and 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.
    • Engaging in extension programs, field days, and site visits.


  • Collaborate with other research and Extension colleagues and agencies (e.g., OSU IPM Center and IR-4 Program) to capture the complexity of production challenges within and across cropping systems in the Willamette Valley and develop relevant science-based solutions to address prioritized challenges and opportunities.
  • Maintain/Develop collaborative communication channels that include input on program needs and opportunities from the Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission, fresh market growers, seed producers (Specialty Seed Growers of Western Oregon), seed buyers (Willamette Valley Specialty Seed Association), and agriculture professionals in the Willamette Valley, and others as appropriate.
  • Engage with community-based and regional, and national organizations to support innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development within local, regional, state, or national boundaries as appropriate.
  • Develop annual plans of work that address educational needs as well as evaluate the quality and impact of Extension educational and research programs.
  • Regularly measure and report program impact in the Faculty Success online platform.
  • Serve as a team member of the Vegetable Processing Extension working group.
  • Keep records and provide necessary reports to Extension Administration, the department and/or college, including plans of work, narrative reports, impact statements, statistical reports, and reports of accomplishments.
  • Provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision-makers with relevant, science-based topical information when requested.
35% Applied Research:
  • Conduct applied research and demonstration projects in weed management in support of the Extension efforts. This is intended to enhance the economic competitiveness and natural resource sustainability of vegetable and specialty seed crops grown by producers in Western Oregon. Applied research will emphasize multi-tactic practices, management of agroecosystem biodiversity, novel technologies, and the use of cropping system design (e.g., crop diversity, cropping sequence, and tillage systems, varietal biodiversity) to develop long-term weed management strategies. Collaboration is expected with colleagues in supporting disciplines including plant breeding, IPM, pathology, and entomology to take a holistic and systems approach.
  • Liaison with the minor crop registration program (IR-4) to provide leadership for weed management issues and needs for vegetables and specialty seed crops.
  • Evaluate and document impacts of research results in Oregon agriculture.
  • Co-advise or participate as a committee member for graduate students’ committees as appropriate.
  • Supervise research support personnel, graduate students, student workers and temporary employees.
  • Driving to remote field sites to collect data for research.
15% Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Scholarly and creative work is intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers, and which is communicated externally. Appropriate types of scholarship for this position may include, but are not limited to:
  • Teaching, discovery, engagement, creativity, integration, research, and application that are communicated and validated through regional, statewide, and/or national publications, as appropriate, and/or through presentations at professional meetings.
  • Innovative educational materials and effective teaching methods that meet clientele needs, with materials, methods, and outcomes shared with peers in state, region, and/or the nation.
  • Solicitation of private and public support for Extension programs and the Oregon State University Extension Service.
  • Senior editor of the Extension publication: Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook for OR, WA, and ID.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals which might encompass description and evaluation of novel community-based professional practice or research application, program development and innovative programs and/or services, definitive professional practice reviews, or case reports among others.
  • Discover new knowledge and develop creative solutions and applications for problems related to aspects of vegetable and specialty seed crop production.
5% Service:
  • Participate in departmental and faculty meetings, and serve on departmental, Extension, College and University committees that are consistent with the duties of this position. There is an expectation to balance service at multiple levels within the institution with service to the profession (e.g. professional societies).
Qualifications sought

PhD in weed science or discipline closely related such as horticulture or vegetable crop production.

Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including effective use of electronic media (traditional and web-based). Demonstrated ability to write clearly and professionally for a variety of audiences.

Knowledge of herbicide chemistry and use, and implementation of non-chemical and integrated weed management strategies.

Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and demonstrated ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery.

General ability to use common computer software, 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 Pesticide Applicator’s Consultant License within three 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 University Standard: 05-010 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.

Contact for additional information For additional information please contact:
| Kristie Buckland
| [email protected]
| 503-506-0955
Application procedure  
Submit what When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your meet each required qualification

3) Statement of Applied Research & Extension

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 https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/141511