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Oregon State University
College of Agricultural Sciences and Division of Extension and Engagement
Central Point
Posted: 09/22/2023
General Agriculture Assistant Professor of Practive

Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences and the Division of Extension and Engagement invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice position. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position stationed at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) in Central Point, Oregon and serves both Jackson and Josephine counties.

The academic home for this position will be in the Department of Crop and Soil Science or the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) depending on expertise of candidate. The academic home must be designated within six (6) months of the start date. Reappointments are at the discretion of the Regional Director, Department Head, and Program Leader.

The position focuses on general agricultural and horticultural based production systems with an emphasis on sustainable/biological methods appropriate for all agricultural producers. In addition, incumbent is expected to become knowledgeable of local, state and federal land use and agricultural regulations and to conduct educational programming for agriculture producers on these matters.

This faculty member independently develops and conducts educational programs and contributes to applied field research activities in Jackson and Josephine counties. The individual will work collaboratively with local producers, agriculture and natural resource agencies, and OSU faculty to plan, organize, deliver, and evaluate educational programs. In addition, the faculty member will provide farm-related problem-solving services. This position is specifically intended to support agricultural extension education needs in a manner that allows SOREC experiment station faculty members to focus on their research missions.

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 learner 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.

About the division:

The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our Division website: https://engagement.oregonstate.edu/.

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



Position Duties

This faculty member embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed while fostering a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.

75% Extension Teaching and Related Assignments

  • Extension Teaching
  • Partnerships/Collaboration/Networking
  • Accountability

10% Applied Research

10% Scholarship

5% Service


Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Natural Resources, Soils, Crops, Animal Science, Horticulture or closely related field. Degree must be completed by start date.
  • A basic working knowledge of conducting applied field research.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including the effective use of electronic (traditional and web-based) and printed mass media.
  • Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.
  • Ability to gather, interpret and communicate clearly and effectively broad-based scientific information with community and industry stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead groups, create partnerships, and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management.
  • General ability to use common computers, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


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.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • PhD in Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Natural Resources, Soils, Crops, Animal Science, Horticulture or closely related field.
  • Practical on-farm experience.
  • Teaching (classroom and programmatic) and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated experience understanding the role of program advisory committees.
  • Demonstrated life experience, education, and/or training that broaden capacity to equalize the success or impact on underserved audiences.
  • Course work, training, or experience with experimental design or basic statistical methods appropriate for applied field research.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding support for educational and research programs.
  • Ability or ability to create equitable learning environments for both large and small farms and communities.
  • Ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.

Why OSU?

Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

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


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

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.

To review posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/143803. Apply to posting # P07332UF. Closes 10/15/2023. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.