Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist (Agronomy)

Georgetown, DE
Apr 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Delaware

University of Delaware: College of Agriculture & Natural Resources: Department of Plant & Soil Sciences
Location: Georgetown, DE
Closes: Mar 1, 2017

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist (Agronomy)

Appointment: This is a 12-month, continuing-track (non-tenure) faculty position with a 65% extension, 20% research, and 15% teaching responsibility in the area of Agronomy. The appointment will be in the Plant and Soil Science Department.

Position Description: Agriculture is a major industry in Delaware and on the Delmarva (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia) peninsula. Poultry, grain crops, fresh market vegetables, and processing vegetables are the primary agricultural commodities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and lead a nationally recognized extension program in agronomy and to conduct applied research in close cooperation with other faculty and Cooperative Extension personnel in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region. The candidate will be expected to work with a range of cropping practices and production systems. The extension and research programs will focus on improving yields and profitability of production systems while protecting environmental quality. The research program will be developed in close cooperation with existing faculty, Extension personnel, farmers, and the ag-industry. Areas of emphasis could include: best management practices for agronomic field crops; agronomic practices for irrigated production; evaluation of the utility, efficacy, and economics of new equipment and/or technologies; and cover crops/soil health. The incumbent will also be responsible for teaching an undergraduate course in soil fertility annually.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research and extension program, extend information through a variety of outlets, and publish peer-reviewed fact sheets, trade articles and scientific journal articles. Applicants should document their willingness and experience in engaging effectively in undergraduate education. The successful candidate will also be expected to interact regularly with state and federal agencies and agricultural organizations and businesses, including producers, environmental interest groups, and colleagues at other institutions. This position requires close interaction with neighboring Land Grant Institutions in the region, including the University of Maryland-College Park, The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Delaware State University, and will require travel outside of the state.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in agronomy or closely related discipline with a thorough understanding of crop production practices. A strong commitment to a team-oriented approach to Extension and research, and an ability to develop and lead programs of interest to diverse groups are also essential. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills are necessary.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and training. The University of Delaware provides an excellent employee benefit package including health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement contributions, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and complete tuition remission for family members. UD is consistently ranked as one of America's best universities to work for given the exceptional benefits, salary structure and work environment.

The University of Delaware: The University of Delaware's main campus is located in Newark, DE, with an enrollment of approximately 23,000 students. There are 1200 faculty in seven colleges and many enjoy joint appointments across college lines and in interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes. UD ranks in the top 75 of the nation's public research universities with sponsored program expenditures exceeding $200 million per year, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is third in research expenditures among its colleges. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is one of four departments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with 27 full-time faculty focused in the areas of agriculture, plant biology, and landscape horticulture/architecture that are located in Newark or at the Carvel Research and Education Center near Georgetown, DE. The Newark Agricultural Experiment Station is located adjacent to University of Delaware's main campus and is comprised of a 350-acre university farm which houses a working dairy herd and other livestock (sheep, beef, swine, poultry, horses), includes forage, silage, grain production, and small-scale organic fruit and vegetables. The Carvel Research and Education Center is the primary research facility for agronomy and vegetable production, and the station is located in Georgetown, approximately 80 miles from main campus. This well-equipped 347-acre station houses PLSC faculty and county Cooperative Extension staff. PLSC personnel at Carvel include a strong multidisciplinary agronomic field crops team with expertise in weed science, irrigation, vegetable production, and plant breeding. County Extension offices are also located in Newark and Dover. Cooperative Extension enjoys the support of a dynamic agricultural community. The incumbent's responsibilities will include interactions with the farmers and ag-industry in the three counties of Delaware and will be housed at the Carvel Center in Georgetown, and will have full access to the facilities at all locations.

Additional information related to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences, Cooperative Extension, and the Carvel Research and Education Center at the University of Delaware can be found at the following web sites: College of Agriculture (; Plant and Soil Science Department (; Cooperative Extension (; Carvel Research and Education Center (

Application Dates: Application deadline is March 1, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is identified. The position is available as early as May 1, 2017.

Application Process: Interested persons should submit: (i) a curriculum vitae, ii) statement of approach and philosophy to Extension and applied research (two pages maximum), iii) a statement of teaching philosophy and methodology (one page) and (iv) requests for at least three letters of recommendation (requests are made through your Interfolio account). Submitted documents will be shared with departmental faculty. Applications are made through the UDJobs (

Questions regarding the search can be sent to the Search Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Mark VanGessel ( or Dr. Amy Shober (

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