University of Wisconsin – River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Department of Plant and Earth Science
Assistant Professor – Crop Science/Integrated Pest Management
The University of Wisconsin–River Falls invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Integrated Pest Management and Crop Protection in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track undergraduate teaching position in our Crop and Soil Science major within the Plant and Earth Science Department. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of (1) agronomic crop production practices; (2) integrated pest management; (3) weed science and (4) plant pathology. Faculty members are expected to accomplish a record of scholarly achievement, including (but not limited to) mentoring of undergraduate research projects.
Teaching and research facilities include newly renovated state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory spaces, greenhouse facility, as well as a 475-acre multi-enterprise livestock and crop laboratory farm. The successful candidate will be a member of a dynamic and multidisciplinary department that includes majors in Crop and Soil Science, Horticulture, Environmental Science, Conservation and Environmental Planning, and Geology with opportunities to collaborate among other disciplines in CAFES and other colleges on the UWRF campus. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision, and other funding sources. Appointment date is August 23, 2021.
UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. Faculty members are expected to accomplish a record of scholarly achievement, including (but not limited to) mentoring of undergraduate research projects with opportunities to collaborate among other disciplines in the College. More information about the college and department can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/
Anticipate appointment date is August 23, 2021. Review of applications and deadline to apply is March 7, 2021. Please see the University’s website for the application process, complete position description and qualifications at https://jobs.uwrf.edu
The University of Wisconsin – River Falls is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul statistical area. Women/Minorities/Disability/Vet AA/EEO.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach the following courses: Integrated Pest Management, Weed Control, Plant Pathology, Introductory Plant Science, Plant and Seed Identification, plus additional courses depending on candidate’s expertise.
Modify existing courses or develop new courses, as needed, to create a dynamic curriculum that prepares students for professional careers.
Incorporate new pedagogies, active learning techniques, and technologies into courses, with the objective of creating strong, dynamic, and effective courses that engage students.
Engage in scholarly activity, which can include developing a research program, mentoring undergraduate research projects, and/or participation in professional organizations.
Participate in co-curricular activities including advising of students in curriculum and career planning, involvement in student organizations, internship supervision, and undergraduate research mentoring.
Establish collaborations with appropriate industry partners to facilitate internships and other learning opportunities for students and help ensure relevancy of programs and curricula.
Participate in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college, and university levels.
Engage in community service where academic expertise can be shared.
PhD in Agronomy, Crop Science, or closely related field, completed prior to start date.
Demonstrated expertise in agronomic crop production including but not limited to integrated pest management, weed control and plant pathology.
Ability to successfully teach dynamic and innovative lecture, laboratory, hybrid, and/or other types of courses to undergraduate students.
Demonstrated scholar as evidenced by research activities or involvement in extension or professional organizations.
Desire to participate in co-curricular activities including advising of students in curriculum and career planning, involvement in student organizations, internship supervision, and undergraduate research mentoring.
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively within a team as an effective team member.
Teaching experience or professional development/coursework related to teaching in higher education.
Applied research experience in integrated pest management, plant pathology or weed control.
Field experience related to agronomic crop production.
Demonstrated interest and/or experience in developing collaborations with industry partners
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
A three-part statement, not to exceed 3 pages, covering
your primary and secondary teaching interests, experience in classroom, and any evidence of successful teaching at the college level
your integrated pest management/crop protection experience, and
your applied research and scholarly activity agenda. (Other Document)
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (references).
Inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Veronica Justen, Associate Professor Crop Science Plant and Earth Science firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For consideration, applicants must submit all required materials by March 11, 2021. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
About University of Wisconsin - River Falls
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/