Instructor - Plant Pathology

May 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: Instructor in Plant Pathology, 9-month appointment (100% Teaching) Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

Information about the Department: The Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University comprises a large and diverse group of scientists with an excellent reputation in research, teaching, and extension. Our strengths are in applied plant pathology, microbiology, biosecurity, disease diagnosis, management, host-parasite resistance genetics, pathogen and microbe genetics and genomics, genomics and biotechnology. Additional information can be found at Kansas State University is in Manhattan, KS, and the Flint Hills region of Great Plains. Manhattan is 125 miles west of Kansas City and 50 miles west of Topeka. Kansas State University is the nation’s first land-grant institution, and has a current enrollment of ~24,000 students. Additional information about the community can be found at

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at  Job Description: The Department of Plant Pathology is seeking a 9-month Instructor. The successful candidate will teach PLPTH 500 Principles of Plant Pathology; co-teach courses, teach laboratories; support and curate materials for other departmental courses as part of the plant pathology undergraduate and graduate program and develop a course of their interest in plant pathology. The instructor will help to grow the teaching program by assisting with student recruitment for the undergraduate plant pathology minor and the department’s graduate programs; collaborating on educational outreach programs; and engaging in program-related student organizations. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in committees and other service activities within the department, college and university. Required Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have: a Masters in plant pathology or a related field, with an ability to develop a strong teaching program in plant pathology. Excellent communication skills, with an ability and desire to teach undergraduate courses and mentor graduate teaching assistants. Demonstrated skills in organization, interpersonal communication, and managing teaching materials in the lab and greenhouse. Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in the department is required. Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching laboratories and lectures at an institution of higher education.

PhD in plant pathology or related field.

Demonstrated ability with teaching technologies.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit applications through the K-State Human Capital Services website

Applications must include: 1) a letter of application describing professional goals; 2) a statement of teaching interests/philosophy; 3) a detailed curriculum vitae; 4) official or certified copies of transcripts of all college/university course work; and 5) contact information for three current/relevant references.  Direct questions about the position to Judy O’Mara, Instructor Search Committee Chair, (785) 532-1385,

Screening of Applications Begins: Position is available August 14, 2017. Review of applications will begin July 17, 2017 and continues until filled.          Salary Range / Pay Rate: $40,000-50,000 (9 month) Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.