Assistant Professor - Horticulture

Clemson University
Blackville, SC

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Assistant Professor - Horticulture

Blackville, SC
Open Date:
Dec 6, 2021

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University is seeking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level (50% research 50% Extension) to work on horticultural crops of economic importance to South Carolina. The position is located at Clemson University’s Edisto Research & Education Center (EREC), Blackville, South Carolina ( EREC is a 2,356-acre tract of land situated in Blackville, South Carolina. The Center is an integral part of Clemson University's Public Service activities including the Agricultural Research and Forestry system, the Precision Agriculture Program, and the Cooperative Extension Service. Scientists at the EREC include agricultural engineers, an entomologist, a horticulturalist, agronomists, and plant pathologists working in field crops and commercial horticulture. Clemson University is recognized as a Top 25 public university by U.S. News and World Report.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, innovative, and extramurally supported research program in fundamental and applied horticulture, focused on horticultural crops economically important in South Carolina and the southeastern United States. The research must be responsive to grower and stakeholder needs. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with other faculty members in the department and college and to interact with stakeholders and commodity groups in the region and around the country. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings through publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, and active participation in training and mentoring of graduate students and postdocs. In addition to the above responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to communicate findings effectively with stakeholders and to participate in teaching activities.

Competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available.


The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Horticulture or a closely related field. The candidate must also have strong oral and written communication skills to convey information to different audiences (e.g. colleagues, farmers, and students). Additional experience beyond graduate school is desirable but not required. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically via Interfolio ( (1) a letter of interest with applicant’s contact information; (2) a complete curriculum vitae or resume; (3) an unofficial transcript from all degree-granting institutions (BS, MS, PhD); (4) contact information for three references; (5) personal statements of a research plan, leadership efforts, and contribution to diversity combined into a single pdf file in pdf format; and (6) electronic/digital copies of reprints of three recent publications. Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process.

Application-Interview Timeline: For full consideration, please apply by March 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed immediately. The position will remain posted until a suitable applicant is identified.

If you have any questions regarding the position or search process, please contact:

Chris Ray, Ph.D.
Chair, Horticulture Search Committee
[email protected]
864-506-5383 cell

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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