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Open Rank Professor of Practice - Landscape and Regional Food Systems


Agronomy & Horticulture-0827

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Description of Work:

The Professor of Practice in Landscape and Regional Food Systems will contribute to the integrated teaching and research land-grant mission of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.

The incumbent will provide leadership in the department and across IANR for teaching and research efforts in landscape and regional food systems and develop a high-impact teaching program. The incumbent will make connections with landscape and regional food system stakeholders, government agencies, the landscape architecture profession, and/or industry partners to strengthen educational and research programming. The incumbent will effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, contracts, etc.) for teaching and research activities and contribute to creative works and presentations at professional meetings.

The incumbent will be expected to average 0.75 FTE classroom teaching as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines, and to teach and support courses in the Horticulture and Landscape Design and Management options of the Plant and Landscape Systems undergraduate degree program. Course topics could include, but are not limited to, landscape plant and food crop production, physiology, nutrition, ecology, or management. The incumbent will be expected to offer courses to resident and online learners and measure student learning outcomes. There will be opportunities to contribute to graduate education through teaching, advising, and mentoring. Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on Department of Agronomy and Horticulture need.

The incumbent will develop an applied research program that contributes to landscape and regional food systems that improve the health of humans and the environment and create economic opportunities for people in Nebraska communities and beyond. Research themes could include, but are not limited to, a focus on using landscape plants to mitigate effects of climate change and urban heat island effects in marginalized communities; using landscape plants to provide multiple ecosystem services on marginal lands; using edible landscape plants to contribute to urban and regional food systems that improve local food security and preserve cultural heritage; and testing new plant varieties and farm, garden, and landscape products in collaboration with local growers and landscape managers.

Collaboration with departmental and broader UNL faculty is encouraged to leverage existing research projects and provide new contributions to those teams. Collaborations may include faculty in Landscape Architecture, Biological Systems Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Nutrition and Health Sciences, Agricultural Economics, the School of Natural Resources, the Nebraska Food for Health Center, Nebraska One Health, and other units to teach and research connections between landscape and regional food systems and human and environmental health outcomes. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with Rural Prosperity Nebraska and Water and Integrated Cropping Systems extension colleagues to identify teaching and research priorities that could improve human health and economic vitality in Nebraska.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • MS in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Agronomy, or related field; or a Masters of Landscape Architecture.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Agronomy, or related field.
  • Minimum of two semesters of classroom teaching experience.
  • Professional experience working in plant and landscape systems industry.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions to teaching and research, and the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum). See for guidance in writing this statement.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Rachel Szelag
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Type:

9 Month

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