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Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences’ Department of Horticulture Extension invites applications for a Small Farms Program Assistant Professor of Practice position. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed -term position based in Corvallis, Oregon that serves Benton, Lane and Polk counties.
The academic home for this position is the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU).
This position collaborates with current Small Farms Program faculty to provide co-leadership for Extension programming in Benton, Lane, and Polk counties and contributes to statewide Small Farms Program educational efforts. The position focuses on horticultural crops (including diversified systems, vegetables, berries and orchard crops; e.g., apples, olives, cherries) with an emphasis on sustainable/biological production systems appropriate for small-scale farmers, consistent with clientele goals. Travel will be required.
The OSU Small Farms Program is a statewide team of Extension faculty who use a combination of applied research, extension teaching, outreach, and engagement to learn with and support the goals of a wide variety of small-scale farms and ranches that use sustainable, ecological, organic, and humane production practices and sell into local and regional markets. Program faculty also serve non-commercial, small-acreage producers and collaborate with a broad range of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, businesses, and others involved in sustainable agriculture and local and regional food systems.
As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.
The faculty member contributes to the missions of Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) and the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS). CAS faculty are committed to enhancing leaner success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Engagement are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:
Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.
OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
OSU Moving Forward Together
This faculty member embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed.
80%: Extension Teaching and Related Assignments
(a) General Small Farms Programming
Collaborate with current Small Farms faculty members to provide leadership for educational programming for commercial small farms and non-commercial small acreages in the southern and western Willamette Valley of Oregon. Provide Small Farms Program leadership and programs for Benton, Lane, and Polk counties. Participate as a member of the statewide Small Farms Program team, contributing to design, delivery, evaluation, and continual improvement of education, outreach, and applied research programs, both current and new.
Develop and maintain broad general agriculture knowledge related to integrated farming systems, weed management, nutrient management, horticultural cropping systems, small acreage enterprise selection, and other pertinent topics. Participate in professional development and in-service training opportunities to accomplish this.
Provide consultation and educational programs and materials addressing scale appropriate technology for conventional and biological farming systems consistent with clientele goals.
Coordinate outreach and educational activities with Extension offices in Benton, Lane, and Polk counties. Link producers with the food processing, business development, product-marketing and specialty crop production specialists at experiment station and other Oregon State University facilities.
Contribute to development of statewide small farms program electronic information technologies including web site, social media, and newsletters.
Develop networks and coalitions of formal and informal interest groups in subject matter areas where appropriate. Utilize coalitions of diverse interest groups to provide advisory support and to enhance program quality and delivery. This will likely include (but is not limited to) networking with clients, community colleges, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District, agriculture groups, other state agencies, and other non-government organizations. Utilize the unique resources and approach to educational programming of OSU Extension Service to contribute to and enhance these efforts.
Work on a variety of new and emerging crops of economic value to growers including olives for suitability in the Willamette valley.
Secure outside grants and contracts and/or service fees for support of program activities, individually and as a part of the Small Farms Program
Travel is required to deliver educational programming and services throughout Benton, Lane, and Polk counties.
(b) Extension Teaching
The person in this position will develop their own area of specialization for extension non-credit teaching as part of the statewide Small Farms Program.
10% – Scholarship
Assigned duties for this position are expected to result in scholarly outcomes.
Refer to section V of the OSU Faculty Handbook, Guidelines for Professor of Practice Appointments and Promotions:
Discover new knowledge and develop creative solutions and applications for problems related to the focus of this position. Research discoveries should be communicated to Extension audiences, practitioners, and the scientific community using innovative and contemporary tools in both oral and written venues, including web-based formats. Communication may include Extension publications, presentations to local, state, regional, and national practitioner and professional groups, media, refereed journal articles, and other outlets as appropriate.
Scholarly and creative work is intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers and that is communicated. Emphasis in scholarship should be placed on outcomes that recognize activities as a professional practitioner in community settings as defined by the incumbent’s position description.
To achieve promotion, there must be an on-going record that both of these types of scholarship are being done though each does not need to be present in every year of record. Documentation must also be provided that shows these scholarly outputs have had impact. These durable, web-findable materials may be augmented by other forms of peer validation such as the following:
Best practice is to ensure an inclusive scholarship:
5% – Organizational Accountability
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.
Implement fee-based programming and cost-recovery practices to support and enhance program delivery.
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 relevant, science-based topical information when requested.
Utilize appropriate and effective methods of communication to promote Extension programs and market Extension across Oregon and nationally.
5% – Service
Participate in departmental and faculty meetings and committees, 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).
Become involved in community service through cooperation with other agencies and organizations. Contribute to the common goals and needs of Extension.
Participate in professional development opportunities including in-service training, international volunteer technical consultancies, and active involvement in professional domestic and international societies and associations as appropriate.
Assist with the maintenance of the OSU Extension system on a statewide level. Cooperate with agencies and organizations statewide and other relevant locations.
Serve as a safe space point of contact for individuals (leaners, faculty, and staff) from diverse backgrounds, in the Department of Horticulture and the Extension Small Farms Program.
Assist in cohesive marketing of Extension locally, regionally, and statewide.
Contribute to a welcoming and respectful workplace environment.
Provide mentorship for newer faculty where applicable.
Participate in appropriate professional and scientific organizations specific to the position discipline.
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.
To review posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/135352. Apply to posting # P06702UF. Closes 05/12/2023. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.
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