Assistant Professor of Horticulture - Vegetable Production

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Assistant Professor of Horticulture - Vegetable Production


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 ( 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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 in 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.

Georgia is one of the largest producers of fresh vegetables in the United States. Vegetable sales typically exceed $1 billion/year on over 170,000 acres. There are over 30 vegetable commodities grown in the state. The top five vegetables based on farm gate value are watermelon, bell peppers, sweet corn, cabbage, and Vidalia onions. Fresh vegetable production is primarily in southwest Georgia, which sits on the Floridian aquifer. This aquifer supplies irrigation water for reliable consistent vegetable production in this region.

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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 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. Tim Coolong ([email protected]).

Applications received by April 11, 2021 are guaranteed consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2021.

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]).

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Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary:

The Department of Horticulture, The University of Georgia, is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor of Horticulture with responsibilities in vegetable production. The position is a nine-month position with a guarantee of two months summer salary, with an 80% Extension and 20% Research appointment. The incumbent will be expected to establish an extension and research program that will use applied research to address high priority problems/issues in vegetable production; provide training, resource materials, and technical assistance to county extension agents; procure extramural funding; publish research findings; and regularly participate in other scholarly and departmental activities including participation in and support of graduate education. The candidate will be expected to have national recognition for their efforts and interact effectively with growers, industry leaders, government agencies, grower organizations, as well as other disciplines, and develop regional cooperation when feasible. 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 a related field. The incumbent must collaborate and work cooperatively with other scientists, county faculty, and industry clientele as well as have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Preference will be given to candidates with a record of vegetable research and/or extension programming excellence.

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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.




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Posted: 3/11/2021
Application Due: 6/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time