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Assistant Professor - Extension Agronomist

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Assistant Professor - Extension Agronomist


CAES-Crop & Soil Sciences

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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 employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 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 University of Georgia is a comprehensive university with approximately 40,000 students in 18 schools and colleges. The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences resides in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The College operates at three campuses throughout the state: the main campus in Athens, GA; the UGA Tifton Campus in Tifton, GA; and the UGA Griffin Campus in Griffin, GA. The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences has teaching, research, and extension faculty resident at all three locations which conduct basic and applied research that is important to clientele throughout the state of Georgia and that add to the body of knowledge basic to agricultural production and environmental preservation throughout the world. Research in the department is classed into three general areas: Cultivar Development, Genetics, and Biotechnology; Crop Management, Physiology, and Weed Management; and Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management.

The UGA Tifton Campus which includes The Coastal Plain Experiment Station is in south central Georgia approximately 65 miles north of the Georgia-Florida state line, and is representative of much of Georgia’s southern half, as well as the southern coastal plain that runs through 9 southeastern states. More than 75 scientists affiliated with UGA (80%) and USDA (20%) are based on the Tifton Campus and work along with more than 375 support personnel to conduct world class research, teaching and extension programs. Tifton, named one of the “100 Best Small Communities in America” and nicknamed “The Friendly City,” has a population of 17,000 with 23,000 living in the surrounding county, and a rich agricultural heritage. The presence of a regional medical facility, additional undergraduate university programs, numerous light industries, as well as public and private K-12 school systems combine to give Tifton the reputation of having one of the highest concentrations of advanced degree holding residents south of Atlanta. Given its location and prevalence of major thoroughfares (e.g., I-75, US 41, US 82, US 319, etc.), Tifton is a major crossroads and a hub for the agricultural industry in the southern coastal plain.

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Benefits Eligible

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Commensurate with Experience

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications received by November 12, 2023 will receive full consideration. Applicants must submit (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) graduate transcripts; (4) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references that the search committee may contact; and (5) one-page summaries outlining their (a) Extension and (b) Research visions in order to be considered for this position. The selected candidate will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University.

Any questions about this position should be addressed to:
Dr. Scott Monfort, Search Committee Chair Dept. Crop and Soil Sciences – UGAEmail:

Location of Vacancy:

Tifton 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 (

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications: Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in plant or soil sciences or a related field of study.

Position Summary:

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences ( at UGA is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop an Extension and Research program in the area of agronomy for corn, soybean, and small grain production. This position is a 9-month academic year (75% Extension, 20% Research, and 5% Service) Tenure Track appointment with a guarantee of two months of summer salary. The position will be located on the UGA Tifton Campus. The successful candidate will coordinate a contemporary program in agronomic management of field corn, soybean, grain sorghum, small grain (wheat, barley, oats, rye), and other minor acreage grain crops (sunflower, canola, sesame, etc.) production focused on the development and delivery of timely educational programs to various clientele including county Extension agents, growers, and industry representatives. The successful candidate will also maintain an applied research and Extension program supported through extramural funding, publish research findings in appropriate peer-reviewed journals, popular press, and participate in graduate student education.

Additional Requirements:

Candidates for the Assistant Professor rank do not need a minimum number of years in a lower rank. Please refer to the promotion and tenure guidelines for more information:

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Working knowledge of applied agronomic principles, including soil fertility, crop physiology, and harvest management.
  • Knowledge of pesticide registrations for grain crops.
  • Candidate should be knowledgeable of pesticide modes of action, weed, insect and pathogen management, and the mechanisms of resistance prevention and development.
  • Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to function independently and with commodity-oriented teams of extension and research scientists.
  • Competent computer skills related to data analyses and information delivery technologies.

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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.


- Provide team leadership for multidisciplinary UGA Field Corn, Soybean, and Small Grain Teams for development of educational programs appropriate to field corn, soybean and small grain establishment, agronomics, pest management and utilization.
- Provide assistance to county Extension agents through demonstrations, in-service-trainings, meetings, county visits, remote and on-site trouble-shooting and telephone consultations.
- Develop and fund field-oriented applied field corn, soybean and small grain demonstration programs, and applied research programs necessary to resolve basic issues facing grain crop producers in Georgia.
- Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with agri-business, commodity and livestock associations, personnel with the USDA-ARS, and government agency representatives.

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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 and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 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, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. 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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