The Department of Crop & Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fixed-Term Assistant Professor of Practice position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.
This position has a scholarly outcome expectation as outlined in the OSU Faculty Handbook and the Academic Affairs document “Scholarship defined for Professors of Practice”.
The faculty member contributes to the missions of Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES), the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension program development, educational program delivery and instruction, applied research, and evaluation for adult audiences in the area of organic pasture and forage production.
Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.
Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position and access to wireless services is necessary.
College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.
Oregon State University and the OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that this commitment is achieved. This commitment includes s, but it is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, all faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.
80% – Oregon Organic Extension Program This position is based in western Oregon has regional geographic (60%) and statewide (20%) duties. The position is part of the Organic Extension Program led by Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems. The Center, in its catalyst role, will link the position to other programs and colleges at OSU as well as statewide and community-based non-profit organizations working with sustainable agriculture and community food systems. In addition, because of the integrated nature of organic farming, this position will have direct and indirect collaborations with faculty in Crop & Soil Science, Animal and Rangeland Science, Horticulture, Food Science and Technology, the Entomology Program, Botany and Plant Pathology, and other departments and programs that will support the emerging needs of this position.
10% – Scholarly Outcomes Scholarly and creative work is intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers and that is communicated. Emphasis in scholarship should be placed on outcomes that recognize activities as a professional practitioner in community settings as defined by the incumbent’s position description.
5% – Organizational Accountability Utilize technology successfully as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask-an-Expert.
5% – Service Serve as an effective team member with the Small Farms Program, the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, and the Extension Agriculture Program.
Master’s degree in agronomy, soil science, crop science, or related field.
Demonstrated experience with and specialized knowledge of organic pasture and forage production systems, and the philosophical basis of organic and other agroecological approaches to agriculture.
Demonstrated knowledge of organic certification standards for pastures, hay and other forages.
Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including effective use of electronic (traditional and web-based) and printed mass media.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.
General ability to use common computers, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to manage competing time demands.
Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management.
Demonstrated ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Must maintain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License throughout employment.
About Oregon State University
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Founded in 1868, OSU is one of only two American universities designated as a Land-, Sea-, Sun- and Space-Grant designations and is the only one in Oregon recognized for its “very high research activity” (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. OSU is Oregon’s largest public research university, conducting more than 60 percent of the research funded throughout the state’s university system and bringing in a record $250 million in scientific grants and contracts this year.
OSU comprises 11 academic colleges organized into four divisions with strengths in earth systems sciences, health sciences, business, engineering, entrepreneurship and the arts and sciences. OSU has facilities and/or programs in every county in the state, including 12 regional experiment stations, 35 county extension offices, the OSU – Cascades Campus in Bend, the H...atfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport, along with a range of programs and facilities in Portland.
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