Assistant/Associate Professor, Agricultural and Natural Resources Science Communication (70% Re...

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Assistant/Associate Professor, Agricultural and Natural Resources Science Communication (70% Research, 30% Teaching)

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Oct 25, 2022


This is a full-time, 9-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with responsibilities in research and teaching. The ALEC department is an integrated teaching, research, and extension unit with undergraduate and graduate academic programs in agricultural leadership, education and communications. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


70% Research

  • Establish a nationally recognized research program that deepens our understanding of Agricultural and Natural Resources Science Communication
  • Secure extramural funding in support of a research and scholarly activity program
  • Create and publish scholarly, peer-reviewed publications

30% Teaching

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to Agricultural and Natural Resources Science Communication
  • Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Chair and serve on graduate student committees
  • Supervise communication student interns

Service Responsibilities

  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees
  • Assist with student recruitment and retention

LOCATION: Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) Department, Institute of Agriculture, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.   

EFFECTIVE DATE: Negotiable with suitable candidate. Screening of Applicants will begin January 9, 2023 and continue until position is filled.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

  • Ph.D. by employment start date in Agricultural Communication, Communications, Science Communication, or closely related field
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, including the ability to deliver courses using distance education technologies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to publish and present scholarly works
  • Ability to secure grant funding
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; must be self-motivated and directed with the ability to achieve measurable results
  • Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with diverse audiences

Application Instructions:

Review of Applications will commence on January 9, 2023 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

To be considered, candidates should submit: (a) letter of application, (b) transcripts, (c) names and contact information (including email addresses) of at least three professional references, (d) 1-page statement describing research focus and teaching philosophy, and (e) a detailed curriculum vitae.

Questions can be directed to:
Dr. Jennifer Richards, Search Committee Chair
The University of Tennessee
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
114 McCord Hall, 2640 Morgan Circle
Knoxville, TN 37996-4510
Phone: (865) 946-1086
[email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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