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Washington State University
Long Beach
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Posted: 04/14/2022
Open Rank Assistant/Associate Professor | Regional IPM Extension Specialist

Washington State University Extension – Agriculture and Natural Resource Program Unit with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.


The Agriculture and Natural Resource Program Unit is seeking a dynamic, motivated problem-solving leader and Extension Specialist. Applications are invited for an Assistant or Associate Professor with experience in Integrated Pest Management applied to any of the following IPM, entomology, pathology, horticulture, aquaculture, plant science, or other agriculturally related field, at the time of hire. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor within the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Program Unit.


The position works as an integral member of the Integrated Pest Management and the Small Fruit Extension Teams to provide leadership for Extension outreach and applied research programs in Southwest Washington for invasive species and commercial cranberry and shellfish production. The position will be located at the WSU Long Beach Research and Extension Unit in Long Beach, WA.


Responsibilities: Engage with industry stakeholders to identify key priorities. Stakeholders include cranberry growers, shellfish growers and relevant professionals. Work cooperatively with the Small Fruit Extension Team, public sector agencies and grower member organizations and industry stakeholders to develop, deliver and evaluate effective Extension outreach and applied research programs that address key priorities. Collaborate and partner with internal and external sources of agricultural expertise, including other WSU faculty, federal and state agency personnel, and organizations supporting agriculture, natural resource stewardship and local community development. Acquire financial resources through grants, contracts, and gifts to support the development and delivery of Extension programs. Engage actively as a member of the WSU Small Fruit Extension Team and the ANR Program Unit and participate as an affiliate faculty member in an appropriate Academic Department or Center of CAHNRS. Extend the reach of WSU Extension by integrating distance technology into program delivery through computer applications, decision support tools, web pages, on-line course development, electronic mailings, educational videos, multimedia, social media, and other emerging technologies. Develop an applied research program addressing key commercial cranberry and shellfish production issues and integrated pest management issues; results of which should be publishable in appropriate professional journals. Document program impacts through quantitative evaluation and other means and make timely reports. Create peer-reviewed Extension publications, other scholarly products, and educational materials that are consistent with expectations for Extension scholarship. Build capacity to sustain and grow programs through constituent empowerment and/or leadership development. Engage in professional development to update and expand personal skillset. Be willing to redirect efforts in response to changing industry needs. Engage diverse audiences and communities. Promote external communications with elected officials, agricultural leaders, and organizations at the local, state, and federal level.


Required: Earned Master’s degree in IPM, entomology, pathology, horticulture, aquaculture, plant science, or other agriculturally related field by the time of hire. Candidates must have a record of accomplishments in Extension commensurate with department, college, and university standards for tenure and level of rank. Demonstrated knowledge in sustainable agricultural systems and experience working with commercial agricultural or aquaculture producers. Demonstrated ability to lead as well as to participate in interdisciplinary teams. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and listening skills in relating to diverse audiences, including large and small acreage producers, agency professionals and landowners.


Preferred: Knowledge, training, and experience in agricultural field research and problem solving applied to integrated pest management, small fruit horticulture, orchard management, aquaculture, or specialty crop horticulture. Ph.D. in integrated pest management, entomology, pathology, aquaculture or other related field. Demonstrated ability in extension outreach that addresses issues related to the production of agricultural products. Knowledge of emerging issues impacting cranberry and shellfish industries and natural resources. Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed scholarship. Demonstrated success with grants, contracts, and gift development. Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out plans for fee-generating educational activities. Experience using current computer technology and distance-bridging technologies to expand learning opportunities for stakeholders. Spanish language proficiency.


Screening of application materials begins May 15, 2022 and will continue until position is filled. To apply, visit (R-5162). Applications must include the following materials: 1) Cover letter describing how your work experience and training meet the responsibilities and qualifications for this position; 2) A statement of your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if selected; 3) A current curriculum vitae; and 4) Name, title, organization, phone number, and e-mail address for four people willing to serve as employment references.


Please contact Todd Murray, Search Committee Chair, at, 253-445-4517 for questions about this position. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. For a complete position description listing all required and desired qualifications and application process, visit (R-5162). For additional information on Washington State University, the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences or the Agriculture and Natural Resource Program Unit, visit, and