Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Agricultural Experiential Learning
Maximize the use of the college farm as a teaching laboratory to help students develop the technical skills necessary for successful employment in profitable commercial businesses involved in crop production, animal agriculture or veterinary technology. Other college resources to be used for experiential learning may include the college grounds, arboretum, community garden, livestock facilities, and agricultural equipment. Increase experiential learning opportunities for NCTA students and associated stakeholders. Ensure the experiential learning needs of all college programs are addressed appropriately. Serve as the primary college advocate for integrating experiential learning activities into all college academic programs by operating from a college-wide perspective. Increase communication and collaboration when utilizing the resources of the college farm. Maintain a balanced farm budget.
This position is a 12-month faculty assignment with a quarter time teaching assignment and a three-quarter time administrative assignment. The appointment teaching assignment consists of approximately 8 equivalent credit hours (ECH) total during the academic year (for example, four ECH in fall plus four ECH in spring) plus summer session teaching as needed. Appropriate daily farm activities will include frequent assessment of farm operations, approval of expenditures from the farm budget, coordination of faculty requests for farm-based teaching activities, and prioritization of activities to be conducted by farm employees. The Farm Management Committee will provide general direction for the activities of farm employees, including the activities of the Coordinator of Experiential Learning, through its regular meetings, strategic plan and budgetary allocations. For day-to-day operations, the Coordinator of Experiential Learning reports directly to the Dean. The Farm Manager reports to the Coordinator of Experiential Learning. The NCTA Budget Manager provides accounting and budgetary support for the Coordinator of Experiential Learning. The Associate Dean provides assistance with fiscal oversight and planning.
Working within the farm budget, ensure appropriate farm resources are available for high quality experiential learning activities in all college academic programs. Working with Dean’s Council and division chairs, coordinate faculty use of NCTA resources to create an integrated farm for teaching purposes, including plants, animals, equipment, facilities and land. Hold monthly farm committee meetings to facilitate communication, input, transparency and effectiveness in farm operations. When consistent with academic needs, maximize the use of academic programs and courses to conduct the activities of the college farm, physical plant, grounds, etc. Examples include the utilization of veterinary technology students to provide routine farm veterinary services when appropriate. To the maximum extent possible, facilitate student involvement in the completion of college farm and physical plant activities. Models of increased student involvement may be found in the practices of work colleges (http://www.workcolleges.org/) or at the Ag 450 farm at Iowa State University (https://www.ag450farm.iastate.edu/). Work with NU system personnel to ensure access to resources for student skills development and experiential learning opportunities. Off-campus personnel may include CASNR faculty, extension personnel, industry partners, FFA students, or 4-H members. Develop a farm budget with input from all stakeholders. Keep farm expenditures in line with the farm budget. Maintain a positive farm budget balance throughout the year. Advocate for farm needs, including financial resources, equipment, livestock, etc. Coordinate the academic activities of the farm manager and the physical plant manager. Supervise operations of the student herd and the Heifer Link program. Maintain farm biosecurity protocol. Maintain livestock enterprises managed according to standard commercial protocol, including: a cow-calf operation, a cattle feedlot with calves from the cow-calf operation, a hog unit with fewer than five breeding sows and a grow out operation, a small ruminant unit with fewer than 20 sheep and/or goats. Provide support for the management of NCTA horses as needed for student experiential learning in the equine and veterinary technology programs. Accommodate the needs of units with specialized animal needs while ensuring those units are responsible for the care and expenses associated with their animals. Maintain commercial crop production enterprises, including: approximately 250 acres of irrigated row crop production including corn and soybeans, forage production including hay crops, and range management. Work with industry partners to secure resources for experiential learning opportunities. Resources may include feeder pigs, seed, heifers for the heifer link program, equipment, etc.
Requires a masters or doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in an appropriate agricultural field such as animal science, veterinary technology, veterinary medicine, agronomy, agribusiness management, agricultural mechanization, agricultural education or a closely related field.Preferred Qualifications
Preferred qualifications are a doctorate in a related agricultural discipline; relevant industry experience; previous college teaching experience; successful experience facilitating student engagement through agricultural teams; and fundraising success.Pre-Placement Driving Record Review RequiredCriminal History Background Check RequiredYesPosted SalaryHow to Apply
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