Plant Science Agronomy - Assistant Professor

Vacancy # 13247

Plant Science-Agronomy
Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Science

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• Available for Academic Year: 2018/2019.
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The Department of Plant Science in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno is accepting applications for a tenure-track, academic year position in Agronomy at the Assistant Professor rank. This position will involve teaching in the department's undergraduate and graduate programs, scholarly research, and engagement in service-related activities. The successful applicant should have primary teaching and research interests in agronomy as related to cereal, forage and row crops and will teach up to twelve units per semester of courses within the department to include crop science, plant breeding, cereal, forage and row crop production, and range ecology and management. As faculty members progress through their careers, the instructional load can be reduced, usually through assigned time funded by external grants. Other undergraduate (e.g. agricultural statistics, crop growth and development) or graduate courses (e.g. plant breeding) may be assigned. In the first 2 years, the teaching load is reduced by 3 WTUs to provide new faculty start-up time for course development, research and other professional development efforts. Expectations also include active engagement in regionally important, applied research; establishing productive working relationships with agricultural industries and organizations; securing external research funding and publishing research results. The person filling this position is expected to mentor and serve as major advisor for students working towards B.S. and M.S. degrees and to be involved in research, teaching and production activities on the university farm. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to student recruitment and retention and to participate in department, university, and professional service activities.

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate education and conducts applied research and public service in selected areas of agriculture, food sciences, industrial technology and family sciences. Programs combine a science, technology and management focus with experiential learning. The Plant Science Department's teaching and research covers a broad range of disciplines: Horticulture, Olericulture, Pomology, Agronomy, Soils and Irrigation, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Weed Science and Mechanized Agriculture. Graduate classes are scheduled in the afternoon/evening to accommodate working professionals in the region. The Plant Science Department at Fresno State is the largest amongst the CSU campuses offering agricultural programs. The 1,000-acre University Farm, with the support of the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT), provides a working laboratory for the diverse, irrigated agriculture of the Central Valley. The department has strong alumni support for summer internships and career opportunities for graduates; and through its partnership with the agricultural sector in the region provides numerous opportunities for industry and student interactions.

Required Education: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) or equivalent in Agronomy, Crop Science or an agricultural crop production discipline from an accredited institution.

Required Experience: 1) Successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level (teaching assistantships are acceptable); 2) Evidence of success in scientific research addressing production aspects of cereal, forages and row crops; 3) Evidence of effective communication and presentation skills; 4) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications: 1) Teaching experience in introductory courses and specialty areas in crop science, cereal, forage and row crop production, and plant breeding; 2) Ability to teach courses in agricultural statistics and crop ecology; (3) Scholarly productivity at the university level. Preference will be given to individuals whose publication record is commensurate with their years of experience; (4) Extensive knowledge of agronomic crop production with laboratory and field experience and familiarity with California Agriculture; 5) Evidence of successful applications for research funding from industry or government sources and publication of scientific research; 6) Evidence of ability to guide students and work collaboratively on multidisciplinary teams and to complete tasks on time.

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin August 30, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants must complete an on-line application at and attach the following: 1) cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vitae and 3) list of three professional references. Finalists will be required to submit 1) three current letters of recommendation and 2) official transcripts. For inquiries, contact: Dr. Dave Goorahoo, Agronomy Search Committee Chair; Department of Plant Science; California State University, Fresno; 2415 E. San Ramon Ave., M/S AS72; Fresno, CA 93740-8033; Phone: 559-278-8448 (office), 559-392-5850 (mobile) or 278-2861; E-mail:

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.