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Company:
South Dakota State University
Division:
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science
City:
Brookings
State:
South Dakota
County:
Brookings
Country:
USA
Posted: 08/27/2019
Assistant Professor - Extension Specialist - Consumer Horticulture

The Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at South Dakota State University is offering a 9-month, full-time, benefits-eligible position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Extension Horticulture (90% Extension/10% Teaching). This position is supervised by the Department Head of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science.

The successful candidate will specifically address the horticultural needs of homeowners and the general public regarding management of flowers and ornamental landscapes using environmentally-sound best management practices. The Extension Horticulture Specialist supports the SDSU Extension mission, strategic vision and planning assumptions, complies with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and all University policies, including Affirmative Action, and commits to the inclusion of diverse South Dakotans.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate Extension programming that addresses the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations, and actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The successful applicant will be expected to develop and deliver a nationally-recognized, state-wide extension program in consumer horticulture, focusing on greenhouse and field herbaceous plant production and use that employ environmentally-sound best practices. The successful candidate will disseminate science-based information to inform homeowners and the general public using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation. The incumbent also will establish innovative outreach programs including contributing to the SDSU Master Gardener volunteer program and will contribute regularly to the on-going programs of the SDSU Extension team and McCrory Gardens. Establishing strong ties with stakeholders and industry leaders is an important role of this position. Securing extramural funding to support outreach programming and publishing in scholarly journals is expected. The successful candidate also will support our undergraduate and graduate teaching programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

· Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

  • Ph.D. in Horticultural Science or closely related field successfully completed by the appointment start date.
  • The successful candidate must be able to interact and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Teaching experience at the university level.

SALARY:

Commensurate with qualifications.

BENEFITS:

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

UNIVERSITY AND THE BROOKINGS COMMUNITY:

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science includes over 37 faculty whose expertise spans the fields of Agronomy, Entomology, Genetics/Breeding, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Precision Agriculture, Soil Science, and Weed Science. The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science has a robust research program that consistently ranks at or near the top of departments at SDSU. Dissemination of science-based knowledge is a core mission of the Department. Our faculty Extension Specialists and Field Specialists provide an effective structure for meeting this mission. In Academic Programs, the department provides nationally competitive training for undergraduate students leading to B.S. degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, and Precision Agriculture. The department also offers a strong graduate training environment leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Science and Biological Sciences.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 1, 2019.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, official transcripts, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

Questions on this position should be referred to: Dr. Anne Fennell, Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department, SDSU, Box 2207A, Brookings, SD 57007, (605) 688-4600, or Anne.Fennell@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.