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Oklahoma State University
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
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Posted: 01/6/2022
Professor and Head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (OSU Agriculture) invites applications and nominations for energetic and visionary individuals for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. This appointment is administratively responsible to the Vice President and Dean of OSU Agriculture.

Department Profile

Building upon its foundation of excellence and historical commitment to the citizens of Oklahoma and beyond, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences discovers, develops, and disseminates scientific knowledge to meet societal needs for food, fiber, forage, turf, bioenergy and ecosystem services through conservation and management of plant, soil, and water resources. This mission is fulfilled by a diverse faculty with 22 tenure-track members, of which eleven are supported by endowed professorships/chairs, three hold a Regents Professor appointment, and three are fellows in the Crop Science or Soil Science Society of America. The mission is further supported by non-tenure track faculty, area extension specialists, and thirty staff employees. The department offers Bachelor of Science (Plant and Soil Sciences), Master of Science (Plant and Soil Sciences), and Doctor of Philosophy (Crop Science, Soil Science) programs to an average enrollment of 65 undergraduate students and 55 graduate students who are supported by scholarships exceeding $100,000 annually.

The department focuses on the three pillars of the land grant mission, Research, Teaching, and Extension, through the following areas: Crop Production and Physiology, Forage Science, Plant Biotechnology and Breeding, Soil Chemistry, Soil Nutrient Management, Soil Microbiology, Morphology and Genesis, Soil Physics, Soil and Water Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Waste Management, and Weed Science. Faculty also participate in interdisciplinary academic programs in Environmental Science and Plant Science.

The department maintains vibrant and interactive research and extension programs through regional, national, and international cooperative projects supported by multi-million dollar competitive grants, commodity groups, and industry and government entities. Success of these programs is enhanced statewide by 17 research stations, 77 county extension offices, and through collaboration with the eight other academic departments within OSU Agriculture. Additionally, the department is associated with institutes and centers such as the Water Resource Center and Institute for Agricultural Biosciences. A $100M capital campaign is nearing completion to support the construction of a new home for OSU Agriculture and the department which is expected to open in the summer of 2024. Service facilities associated with the department include the Soil, Water, and Forage Analytical Laboratory, Oklahoma Crop Improvement, Inc. and Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks.


· Provide departmental leadership with fairness and integrity.

· Stimulate, integrate, oversee, and assess departmental teaching, research, and extension programs.

· Support OSU’s diversity efforts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff, and students.

· Effectively and efficiently manage human, financial, and physical resources.

· Represent departmental interests in a collaborative manner to administrators and other University and Division units.

· Engage the department with state and federal agencies, agricultural industries, professional organizations, alumni, and the public at large.

· Pursue external funding to include competitive grants, research contracts, gifts, and other special funding such as endowments for scholarships, fellowships, chairs, and professorships.

· Encourage professional growth and development through assigning responsibilities and evaluating performance of faculty, staff, and students.

· Represent and extend departmental activities in state, regional, national, and international organizations, and committees.

· Foster an environment of community, teamwork, diversity, and respect for multidisciplinary and multicultural settings, and facilitate connections with students.


· A doctoral degree in agronomy, crop science, plant science, soil science, weed science or closely related discipline.

· An outstanding record of scholarly achievements and professional activities related to teaching, research and/or extension which will qualify for the rank of Professor with tenure.

· A thorough understanding of the land grant mission.

· Evidence of administrative ability to direct a department, team or unit with visionary and progressive leadership.

· Proven ability to attract external resources for research, extension, and/or teaching through grants, contracts, and/or donations.

· Ability to effectively listen, communicate and represent the department among administrators, agencies, and stakeholder groups.

· Ability to foster professional development, assign responsibilities, and facilitate team building.

Employment Conditions 

This position is to be filled by July 1, 2022 or when a suitable candidate is identified. This is a full-time administrative appointment with tenure as a professor in the department. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Continuation of this position is subject to performance and need.


Although applications will be accepted until a successful candidate has been appointed, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by February 10, 2022 to receive optimal consideration. Nominations and application materials, which should include a letter indicating the applicant’s interest, experience and qualifications for the position, and curriculum vitae, must be submitted electronically to:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Buffkin/Baker | 336-721-9100

Nominations for the position are encouraged and should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Karen Hickman, Chair, Search and Screen Committee (

To learn more about OSU Agriculture and Stillwater, visit these websites.








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