Associate/Full Professor - Controlled Environment Horticulture
Associate/Full Professor - Controlled Environment HorticultureDepartment:
CAES HorticultureAbout 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.
The Department of Horticulture at UGA is already a leader researching the science related to controlled environment agriculture. Successful partnerships are ongoing with other departments and programs, such as agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, electrical engineering, entomology, plant pathology, impact evaluation, and management information systems. By joining the existing research programs and collaborations, the new faculty member can quickly develop impactful teaching and research programs in this discipline. The candidate will support the overall mission of the Department of Horticulture at UGA to improve profitable and sustainable plant production and proactively address the transformational changes facing the horticultural industry to improve the lives, livelihoods, health, and wellbeing of society in Georgia and around the globe.College/Unit/Department website:
TRS or ORPEmployment Type:
Minorities & FemalesAnticipated Start Date:
08/01/2021Job Posting Date:
03/04/2021Open until filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Applications received by April 11, 2021 are guaranteed full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. For more information, contact Dr. Marc van Iersel, [email protected] or 706-202-3069. Applicants should submit the following documentation (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vita, (3) unofficial transcripts (4) a list of references with contact information including email address, (5) a 1 to 2-page statement of research accomplishments and future goals, and (6) a 1 to 2-page statement of instruction philosophy, accomplishments and future goals.Location of Vacancy:
Athens AreaEEO 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:
Open RankFaculty Rank:
Open Rank (Tenure Track)Contract Type:
Academic (9 mo.)Tenure Status:
Tenure Track or TenuredMinimum Qualifications:
Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.Position Summary:
The Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA seeks outstanding applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in controlled environment horticulture with research (60%) and teaching (40%) responsibilities. The successful applicant will develop a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program that integrates basic and applied horticulture to develop and optimize controlled environment production systems for various horticultural specialty crops. Controlled environment horticulture is the production of specialty crops, edible, medicinal, and ornamental, in indoor production systems – frequently in soil-free systems – with the technology to control the environment such as greenhouses, vertical farms/plant factories, tissue culture, and post-harvest systems. The position will study plant responses to different production factors and develop methodologies to maximize plant growth rate, development, morphology, physiology and ultimately improve crop yield, quality, and profitability of horticultural crops. The successful applicant will mentor undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and research technicians. The incumbent will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, such as Greenhouse Management and Controlled Environment Horticulture, and develop new courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The individual will be expected to contribute to the department by service on assigned committees, publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals appropriate to the discipline, and compete successfully for external funding to support the program.Additional Requirements:
A doctoral degree in Horticulture, Plant or Crop Science, or related discipline is required.
To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professor level.
To be considered at the rank of Full Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Associate Professor level.
To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate or full professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.
Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty can be found here: https://provost.uga.edu/faculty-affairs/UGA_Guidelines_for_APT_approved_2_2020.pdf
Discipline-specific criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure can be found at https://provost.uga.edu/resources/documents/Horticulture2015.pdfPreferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:
Successful candidates should have a strong background in horticultural crop production in controlled environments with knowledge in plant physiology, hydroponics, greenhouse management, environmental relations, or disciplines related to the study of plant responses to controlled environments and must demonstrate a track record of obtaining external funding to support their research program.Is this a Position of Trust?:
YesDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?:
YesDoes this position require a P-Card? :
NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :
NoIs driving a responsibility of this position?:
YesDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:
NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):
YesCredit 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:
The position will study plant responses to different production factors and develop methodologies to maximize plant growth rate, development, morphology, physiology and ultimately improve crop yield, quality, and profitability of horticultural crops. The successful applicant will mentor undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and research technicians. The incumbent will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, such as Greenhouse Management and Controlled Environment Horticulture, and develop new courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The individual will be expected to contribute to the department by service on assigned committees, publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals appropriate to the discipline, and compete successfully for external funding to support the program.