Extension Assistant Professor NTT - Turf & Managed Landscapes Entomology - Search Extended
Category:: Faculty (Non-tenure - Calendar Year /12 months)
Department:: Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Locations:: Amherst, MA
Posted:: Sep 20, '17
Ref. No.:: 126215
About University of Massachusetts Amherst:
UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.
The Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track appointment as Extension Assistant Professor in entomology. We seek a highly motivated individual with outstanding extension and research abilities to develop and deliver informational and educational materials in support of the turf and associated landscape horticulture industries. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty, Extension specialists, and industry to maintain an active and integrated research and extension program dedicated to sustainable management of pest populations while minimizing reliance on insecticides. Research areas may include, but are not limited to insect ecology, insect behavior, or insect-plant interactions, with a focus on management of turf or managed landscape insects. The candidate will also be expected to teach two undergraduate courses in applied entomology.
A Ph.D. in entomology or closely related discipline is required, and evidence of successful interactions with the green industry highly desirable. The candidate will have academic expertise to address key issues such as insecticide resistance, emerging insect pests, pollinator conservation, and optimizing available strategies for environmentally and economically viable pest management, and knowledge in areas such as these is preferred. Teaching experience and using modern technology for education and information delivery is preferred. The candidate will provide educational programming that will transfer knowledge and technology to practice from his/her research through face-to-face contact and education programs, scientific and trade journals, and other written and electronic media.
The candidate will acquire extra-mural funding to support research and Extension programs. The Stockbridge School of Agriculture emphasizes collaboration among members of the faculty, students, Extension staff and partners in industry and government. We share a fundamental commitment to teach and serve a diverse student body, professional practitioners, and the broader public.
The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements of their philosophy of extension, teaching, and research (including an indication of specific extension, research, and teaching interests) and contact information for three people familiar with their research, extension, and teaching efforts.
The date for beginning review of applications has been extended to December 1, 2017. Review will continue until the ideal candidate is identified. The position start date for the successful candidate is negotiable. All potential applicants should visit the Stockbridge School of Agriculture website (http://stockbridge.cns.umass.edu/). Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair.
Dr. Michelle DaCosta, Chair
Turf and Managed Landscapes Entomology Search Committee
Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Univ. of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003