College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor - Agricultural ...

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Program

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Everything the College of ACES does is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence.

Be a part of our story. The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) Program is newly formed, and creates a vibrant opportunity for students to study how people work together and lead their peers, learn from and educate others, and communicate issues broadly relevant in agriculture. ALEC prepares students for graduate study and a broad variety of careers in industry, journalism, advocacy and advertising, formal classroom education in agricultural sciences, cooperative extension, governance, and more.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit


The Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) Program is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position focusing on the scholarship of teaching and learning in an agricultural context. The faculty position is provided on a 9-month (academic year) basis, with tenure residing in a department appropriate for the candidate’s area of research in the College of ACES, and will reflect a 50% teaching and 50% research responsibilities.


August 16, 2020 or as soon as possible after the close of the search.


Earned Ph.D. in agricultural education, communications, or leadership; postsecondary education; curriculum and instruction; or other closely related field by August 16, 2020. Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with undergraduate and graduate students as well as local, national/global groups required. Successful candidates must have a proven record of excellence in teaching and student centered/service learning in the context of agricultural education, and scholarly research, publication and engagement.


Build a strong international reputation through research, teaching and engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning in an agricultural context. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in agricultural education, including teaching and learning theory and research methodology courses. Opportunities may also exist to organize study abroad programs. The candidate will conduct scholarly research in the broad area of teaching and learning, attract external competitive research funding, and supervise graduate and undergraduate student research. Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, assisting with student recruitment, advising, coordinating programs, and serving on relevant committees.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive salary, attractive start up package, opportunities for additional summer salary compensation.

About the Program:

The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) Program was recently formed combining the Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications Programs. Enrollment in ALEC concentrations of Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communications, and Organizational and Community Leadership has risen steadily and considerably over the past five years – a trend that is expected to continue. The ALEC Program also houses the University’s Minor in Leadership Studies, which currently enrolls over 300 undergraduate students throughout the University of Illinois and emerging programs within the ACES Leadership Academy. More about the ALEC Program can be found at

About the University and College:

The Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois ( is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a community of more than 100,000 people and there are more than 2,000 tenure/tenure-track faculty members. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) ( has 235 tenure-track faculty members and an enrollment of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. It is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. The College also serves the State of Illinois through the University of Illinois Extension system, and 12 research and demonstration centers. The academic departments within the College include: Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Human and Community Development, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Closing Date:

To receive full consideration, applications must be received by August 26, 2019.


Candidates should create a profile at and upload their Curriculum Vitae (including email address), a letter of interest which includes a statement of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for three professional references who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications and experience by August 26, 2019. All requested information must be submitted for the application to be considered.

For more information, contact David Rosch, Director of the ALEC Program, at (217) 244-2134 or [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit:ALEC Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor - Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Program (118705) Open Date:07/23/2019 Close Date:08/26/2019 Organization Name:Ag Ldrshp Educ Comm Program




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Posted: 7/24/2019
Application Due: 8/26/2019
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