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Professor and Department Head, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Professor and Department Head, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences


CAES-Crop & Soil Sciences

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 15 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 18 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 mission of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is to seek, verify and apply knowledge related to agriculture and the environment, and to dissemiate this knowledge through student education and public outreach programs.

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 Crop and Soil Sciences is a multifunctional, multidisciplinary department committed to excelling as an authority in the crop, soil, and environmental sciences. The department supports research, teaching, and UGA Cooperative Extension programs. As a respected provider of both leading-edge technology and science-based knowledge, we serve a clientele that includes students, farmers, agribusinesses, consumers, nonprofits, and governmental agencies.

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NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATION: Nominations are encouraged and will be accepted. Nominations, questions, and/or other inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Douglas Bailey, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, email: [email protected], CAES, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706.542.1611 Applications received by December 31, 2021 will be assured full consideration; however, screening will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit the following documentation:

  • Formal letter stating the applicant’s qualifications for the position and a statement of leadership philosophy;
  • Current resume that includes a list of publications;
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and
  • List of four references with contact information including email addresses.
    References will not be contacted without further communication with the applicant.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens 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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Department Chair/Head AC

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Fiscal (12 mo.)

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Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Crop or Soil Sciences or a related discipline.

Position Summary:

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.

  • This is a 12-month, tenured position.
  • Research, teaching, and extension faculty and students are located at the Athens, Tifton, and Griffin Campuses.
  • Program emphasis areas include plant breeding and genetics, molecular biology and genomics, plant physiology, crop sciences and biotechnology, weed science, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil health, hydrology, and environmental sciences.
  • There is a growing emphasis on sustainability and systems-based approaches to the interdisciplinary issues in these fields. Undergraduate majors are offered in Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Environmental Resource Science, Turfgrass Management, and Water and Soil Resources. Outstanding graduate programs leading to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree are supported by a large graduate faculty with diverse research programs and broad disciplinary expertise. Innovative graduate-level programs include an area of emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture and a dual M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture) with the University of Padova, Italy. Programs of study can be developed in the research emphasis areas listed above.
  • Graduate studies and research programs are characterized by strong interdepartmental and interdisciplinary ties. The Department hosts a large statewide Extension program focused on applied research to address the needs of farmers and the public in Georgia and worldwide.
  • The department head (or their designee) has oversight over a large field unit supporting research, teaching, and outreach as well as statewide programs such as a variety testing program and an automated state-wide weather network.
  • This position is highly engaged with the various commodity commissions, groups, and other stakeholders of departmental programs.

  • The department is supported by field, greenhouse, and lab facilities that enable your faculty and team members the opportunity to perform cutting edge research
  • This role would manage a robust fiscal budget to help promote the goals of the department
  • This role would work closely with and be supported by the department’s highly qualified fiscal and administrative professionals.

This position will provide critical expertise in the crop sciences because of higher demand from potential graduate students, growth in the agroscience and environmental sciences major and increase in extramural opportunities. The individual will provide essential undergraduate teaching, mentoring and advising as well as serving as a major professor for graduate students. The research program provided by this individual will be in cropping systems, crop performance, cultivar evaluations, and/or sustainable agroecosystems. Input from faculty, staff, students and extramural stakeholders informed this position and we envision this person serving as a critical connector between our existing faculty with expertise in plant breeding and sustainable management practices.

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Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

At least two years of higher education administrative experience is desirable.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and/or extension are required. Other essential qualifications include evidence of creative and innovative leadership, demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding, and the proven ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students.

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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.


Specific responsibilities include faculty recruitment, management and leadership, student recruitment, faculty performance evaluations, coordinating promotion and tenure procedures, program planning and implementation, budget management, and management of physical facilities including both laboratory and field facilities. This position must also work effectively with and represent faculty to university and agency administrators, state and federal personnel, and industry stakeholders.

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The University of Georgia, 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. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.


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