The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Agronomy/Crop Science & Statewide Extension Specialist. This is a full-time, 12-month basis appointment, splitting time 50/50 with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension. The start date for this position is August 24, 2020.
Engagement in teaching and advising UW-Platteville undergraduate students and support of UW-Madison Division of Extension missions. Teaching responsibilities include courses in Nutrient Management, Weed Science, Precision Agriculture Technologies, and other agronomy/soil science-related courses with a load of approximately 6 credit hours per semester.
The successful candidate is expected to affiliate with Extension’s Crops and Soils Program and develop of an impactful Extension program that provides leadership and translational research focused on nutrient management, soil health, cover crops, and cropping systems. It is expected that this person will develop a research program that is integrated with her/his Extension efforts to support the efficient, profitable, and environmentally sustainable production of crops.
Additional responsibilities include providing expertise to the teaching, research and outreach mission of Pioneer Farm, participation in professional and scholarly activities, mentoring student organizations including the collegiate crops team and agronomy club, and support of external educational efforts, such as the World Forage Management Cup and Agronomy Career Development events.
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
Master’s degree in Agronomy, Agroecology, Crop Science, Weed Science or closely related discipline from an accredited institution.
5 years of experience in teaching and/or extension-related services.
A valid U.S. driver’s license.
Candidates should have a broad background in agronomy and demonstrated expertise in nutrient management of field and forage crops of the North-central U.S., soil health, and/or related agronomic principles.
Demonstrated experience in teaching and research.
Enthusiasm for professional engagement with students in a variety of settings.
Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations and experiential learning activities.
Demonstrated ability to integrate research results into Extension education programs on issues identified as needs of the state and its residents.
Ability to document the impacts of research and Extension efforts and communicate these impacts to stakeholders, the general public, and professional colleagues
Ph.D. in Agronomy or related discipline from an accredited institution
State and/or national certification as a Professional Agronomist or Crop Advisor
Experience coaching a collegiate crops or weed science team
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, enrolls about 8,000 students in 42 baccalaureate and 6 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
The School of Agriculture (SOA) is housed within the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. The SOA is one of the national leaders in undergraduate programs in agriculture and natural resources, which is committed to excellence in education, research, scholarly and professional activities, and services to the agriculture industry at the state, regional, national and global levels. The SOA has over 600 undergraduate students, and 36 faculty and staff. A 430 acre farm is available for teaching, demonstration, and systems based research. The SOA offers majors in agricultural education; agribusiness; animal science; dairy science, environmental horticulture; reclamation, environment and conservation; and soil and crop science. See: https://campus.uwplatt.edu/agriculture/ and https://campus.uwplatt.edu/pioneer-farm
Review of applications will begin February 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.
How to Apply:
Applications are required to be submitted electronically via the UW-Platteville careers portal. The following documents are required for applicant consideration:
A letter of application demonstrating how you meet all qualifications;
Resume/CV including work experience;
A separate philosophy of teaching and learning statement (maximum one page);
A separate statement describing history of working with or demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of historic marginalization;
University transcripts; and
Names and contact information for at least three professional references.
For questions regarding this position, please contact:
School of Agriculture, 608-342-1393
We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/.