Assistant Professor of Horticulture - Small Fruit Extension Specialist

Job description

Posting Number:

F0745P

Working Title:

Assistant Professor of Horticulture - Small Fruit Extension Specialist

Department:

CAES Horticulture

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is among the best and most established U.S. colleges of agriculture. In its classrooms, its Agricultural Experiment Stations, and its statewide network of UGA Cooperative Extension offices, the faculty and staff of CAES are dedicated to discovering, teaching, and delivering the science required for healthy living to flourish in Georgia. Agricultural and environmental sciences are only as important as the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the water and air around you. To improve the quality and guard the safety of life’s necessities, CAES has gathered world-renowned scientists and exceptional students.

University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus (http://tifton.caes.uga.edu/) is situated in the heart of one of the leading and most dynamic agricultural areas of the Southeast U.S. Tifton is a friendly city with a population of 17,000 located along I-75 in south-central Georgia (http://www.tifton.net/) with easy access to Atlanta’s International Airport. The UGA Tifton Campus includes 7,000 acres within south Georgia inclusive of field research facilities at Alma, Attapulgus, Camilla, Lyons, Midville, Plains, and Tifton. UGA researchers also collaborate with USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists based on campus. Students attending classes on the UGA Tifton Campus can earn a UGA Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Master’s Degree in Plant Protection, or other degree majors. The campus is also home to the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory, a collaborative, interdisciplinary research program that develops agricultural methods that safeguard natural resources.

http://www.caes.uga.edu/about/overview.html
http://www.caes.uga.edu/about/overview/snapshot.html

College/Unit/Department website:

https://hort.caes.uga.edu/

Posting Type:

External

Retirement Plan:

TRS or ORP

Employment Type:

Employee

Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Underutilization:

Minorities & Females

Anticipated Start Date:

03/01/2021

Job Posting Date:

10/22/2020

Open until filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit the following documentation in electronic format: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vita, (3) unofficial transcripts (4) a list of 4 references with contact information including email address, (5) a 1 to 2-page statement of extension philosophy, accomplishments and future goals, and (6) a 1 to 2-page statement of research accomplishments and future goals.
Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to:
Dr. Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 229-391-6861
To assure full consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2020. The expected start date is March 1, 2021, and that the position will remain open until filled.

Location of Vacancy:

Tifton Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline

Position Summary:

The Department of Horticulture (https://hort.caes.uga.edu/) at The University of Georgia, is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Extension Specialist of Horticulture. This is a nine-month position with a guarantee of two months summer salary, with an 80% Extension and 20% Research appointment. The responsibilities of this position will include commercial production of small fruits, with emphasis on blueberries. This commodity is an important component of the state’s horticultural industry with an annual farm gate value of over $300 million. The position will be located at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, Tifton, Georgia.

Additional Requirements:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Horticulture or related field.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

The incumbent must have a record of research and/or Extension programming excellence. The incumbent must collaborate and work cooperatively with other scientists, county faculty, and industry clientele as well as have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Is this a Position of Trust?:

Yes

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?:

Yes

Does this position require a P-Card? :

Yes

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :

No

Is driving a responsibility of this position?:

Yes

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:

No

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):

No

Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Duties/Responsibilities:

Extension teaching and outreach is required for this position. The incumbent will be expected to establish an Extension and Research program that will address high priority problems/issues in Georgia’s small fruit production industries; provide training, resource materials, and technical assistance to County Extension Agents; procure extramural funding; publish research findings; mentor graduate students, and regularly participate in other scholarly and departmental activities. The candidate will be expected to interact effectively with growers, industry leaders, government agencies, grower organizations, as well as other disciplines, and develop regional and national collaborations when feasible.

Percentage Of Time:

100

 

 

 

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Posted: 10/28/2020
Application Due: 12/27/2020
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