Assistant/Associate Professor Agriculture (Tenure Track)

Job Details

Job Title:

Assistant/Associate Professor Agriculture (Tenure Track)

FLSA Status:

Exempt

Posted Salary Range:

Comensurate with Experience

Employment Status:

Full Time

Department:

School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Job Summary:

Alcorn State University seeks a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor – Forestry with 40% teaching,30% research, and 30% ’ Extension appointment. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate students in Forestry, mycology and Environmental Ecology, advise graduate students, conduct mycology related-research and Extension programming. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funds for research and outreach programs related to ecological mycology, and environmental research with national and global impact. The incumbent must have knowledge and experience of the utilization of the waste wood from Timber Stand Improvement for mushroom production for small-scale, limited resource farmers and woodlands owners in Mississippi.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate knowledge/experience in forestry mycology and forest diseases,forest farming,and understanding of various mushroom substrates obtained from solid llgnocellulose waste. The candidate must be knowledgeable and excellent in research methods,dedicated to teaching,and strong interest and skills to mentor and advise graduate students and train adult farmers. He/she must have knowledge of the 1890/1862 land-grant system and missions. Candidates must have strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills, knowledge of the principles and research development and experimental designs and accountability. Skills in technological communication, Microsoft Office Suite, Statistical programs, GIS in forest health monitoring,and using forest biometric tools.

Essential Job Functions :

•Work as a member of the faculty in the School of Agriculture and AppliedSciences in the area of mycology and forestry;•Collaborate with other faculty;•Participate In graduate education through advising graduate students,serving on graduate committees,and supervising thesis research;•Teach undergraduate and graduate classes In forestry and mycology;•Procure grants, contracts, and other funding to support scholarlyteaching/research/Extension and forestry and mycology efforts;
•Conduct rigorous research and Extension programming in mycology and forestry that are supported,in part by extramural funding;•Provide leadership and strategic planning to establish statewide mycology and forestry outreach;•Prepare publications and scholarly works, including peer reviewed journal articles, popular articles, Extension bulletins, and fact sheets;•Build collaborative relationships with mycology and forestry industries in the state and nation;•Travel to provide support to forestry and mycology programs in counties, and participate in the collaborative work in Mississippi forestry Board and other related organizations;•Opportunities for growers, with various state and federal agencies and programs;•Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies;
•Provide assistance with other duties as assigned;
•Must be able to drive to locations around Mississippi and possess a valid driver’s license;
•Ability to use forest biometric tools and conduct forest measurements;
•Other related duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

•PhD. from an accredited institution in Forestry, Forest Products,Mycology, Agriculture or closely related field;•Knowledge of how to conduct audience needs identification, program development, experiential learning and evaluation of program results;•Demonstrated skills In working with limited-resource individuals and the ability to develop partnerships and collaborations;•Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, commitment to include diverse voices In program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming;•Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs;•Demonstrated ability to communicate and work with faculty, staff, students, and alumni;•Demonstrated ability to facilitate experiential learning;•Demonstrated ability to provide effective academic and career advising;
•Two or more years’ professional experience in forest products/mycology outreach and research.

Licensing and Certifications :

N/A

EEO / ADA Statement:

Alcorn State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law in any of its educational programs, activities, services, admissions, or employment practices.

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas:

No

Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds:

Occasionally

Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds:

Not Required

Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds:

Not Required

Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds:

Not Required

Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds:

Not Required

Travel:

Occasionally

Extended Work Hours:

Occasionally

Number of Vacancies:

1

Location:

Lorman

Open Date:

06/07/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

EEO Statement:

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

Advertising Summary:

Excellent Benefits Package

Organization

Institutional Statement

Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally-competitive leaders and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships which benefit the surrounding communities, states, nation and world.

History

Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second oldest state supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. When it was founded in 1871, the institution’s three major study components were the four year college track, the two year track, and the three year graded track. The students spent the mornings from seven o’clock until noon in classes. In the afternoon, they worked in the various shops for eight cents per hour. Room and board, including laundry, equated to five dollars a month.

Alcorn State University was founded as the result of the people of Mississippi’s efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn. The site was originally occupied by Oakland College, a school established by Presbyterians in 1828. The state of Mississippi purchased the Oakland College campus for $40,000 and named it Alcorn University with the first president being Hiram R. Revels. Revels resigned his seat as a United States senator to assume the post. The state legislature provided $50,000 in cash for ten successive years for establishment and overall operation of the college. Additionally, proceeds from the sale of 30 acres of land for $188,928 yielded three-fifths of the proceeds for Alcorn, totaling $113,400. These proceeds were used only for the agricultural and mechanical components of the college.

In 1878, Alcorn University became Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The original purchase of 225 acres of land had grown to over a 1700 acre campus. Alcorn is situated in Claiborne County, seven miles west of Lorman, Mississippi, 80 miles south of the capital city Jackson, Mississippi, 45 miles south of Vicksburg, Mississippi and 40 miles north of Natchez, Mississippi. The college was exclusively for males at first, but eventually women were admitted. A dormitory for women was built in 1902. Over time facilities increased from three historic buildings to more than 80 modern structures. 



In 1974, Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College became Alcorn State University. Governor William L. Waller signed House Bill 298, granting this status. Alcorn has thrived by continuously accomplishing dynamic goals and objectives despite limited resource allocations from the state. By the early 1990s, Alcorn’s physical plant and academic programs had grown from just a name change into a more diversified university. The student population is now representative of more than 65 counties, more than 30 states and at least 18 foreign countries. The university provides an undergraduate education that enables students to successfully pursue work in graduate and professional schools, engage in teaching, and enter other professions. As Mississippi recognized the importance of educating all citizens, Alcorn grew in status and importance.

Alcorn State University began with eight faculty members in 1871 and today there are more than 800 faculty and staff. The student body has grown from 179 students to more than 4,000 students from all over the world with varied ethnic backgrounds. Although early graduates of Alcorn had limited horizons, today’s graduates are successful in their chosen professions and many are outstanding entrepreneurs. Throughout Alcorn’s history, the leadership and faculty remained committed to restoring and enhancing the institution’s image and to attracting young people whose interest is the pursuit and receipt of a quality education. Over the decades, “the college that excelled against great odds”, has now become one of the leading universities in the nation. Alcorn State University operates seven divisions with degree programs in more than 50 areas including the bachelors, masters, and educational specialist degrees.

The collaborative strength and contributions of Alcorn’s past seventeen presidents during its 140 years of existence have enabled the institution to excel. On November 30, 2010, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted unanimously to appoint Dr. M. Christopher Brown II as Alcorn State University’s 18th president. President Brown’s background and vision are strategically aligned with Alcorn’s history and tradition. He is poised to expeditiously move Alcorn State University to the next level of excellence. 



Dr. Josephine M. Posey 


Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State (1994)

Location

Alcorn is in Claiborne County, Mississippi, seven miles west of Lorman, seventeen miles southwest of Port Gibson, and about halfway between Vicksburg, to the north, and Natchez, to the south.

Organization

At Alcorn, seven schools offer a number of diverse programs for undergraduate and graduate studies leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and specialist degrees. 

Enriching program opportunities include:

The Honors Program is a rewarding option for students who wish to further enhance their academic experience. It brings together students and teachers who share exceptional intellectual commitment in an atmosphere that strengthens scholarship, leadership and creativity.

Global Programs helps students broaden their perspectives and become more competitive in today’s international marketplace. Besides coordinating exciting study-abroad opportunities, Global Programs brings worldwide perspectives to campus through exchange programs and special events.

Alcorn offers Pre-professional Programs to prepare students for a successful transition to specialized studies in the fields of law, engineering, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and dentistry.

Enrollment

Approximately 2,946 full-time undergraduates (1,037 men; 1,909 women), 350 part-time undergraduates (97 men; 253 women), 722 graduate students (154; 568), total enrollment 4,018.

Accreditations

Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees.

The University also holds accreditation with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Dietetics Association, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Industrial Technology and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Activities

At Alcorn, it’s easy to make friends — and make a difference. With such a wide range and more than 50 student groups and organizations, there’s one to suit every personality, interest, skill set and schedule.

Without ever leaving campus, students can volunteer — as Peer educators, Student Ambassadors and Orientation Guides, to name just a few possibilities. In addition, many student groups coordinate volunteer opportunities off-campus in surrounding communities and public schools.

Athletics

The Alcorn Braves have won numerous athletic championships. And many of our alumni have found success as professional athletes. Alcorn State is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I.

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