The Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) Program Unit at Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a permanent, 12-month, full-time, tenure- track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is headquartered at the WSU Columbia and Garfield County Extension Office in Dayton and Pomeroy, Washington and will serve as County Director and the dryland agronomy Extension Specialist for both counties.
This position is responsible for leading applied research and outreach for agricultural Extension programs in dryland agronomy and cropping systems across Columbia and Garfield Counties and Southeastern Washington. Program emphasis will focus on agronomic crop production, cropping systems, precision agriculture, and soil health along with farm enterprise management and decision support systems. This position is expected to develop and conduct outreach and Extension programming based on sound agronomic practices, and on-farm research in collaboration with other Extension and research Faculty. This position will join and contribute to WSU Extension teams to address issues and opportunities of highest priority to area farmers in Columbia and Garfield counties and other Southeastern Washington counties.
The applied research and outreach Extension program will provide agricultural production and farm management education to growers, agribusiness, and other stakeholders. The incumbent will conduct needs assessments to inform the program and integrate the outcomes into program planning, implementation, delivery, and outcome evaluation; develop curricula or publications in print and electronic formats for target audiences, as scholarly articles for professional journals; engage in grant development and secure extramural resources to advance agriculture and cropping systems through applied research and outreach and collaborate and cooperate with internal and external agricultural partners. It is expected that the incumbent will seek affiliate status with Department of Crop and Soil Sciences or other Departments or Subject Matter Centers within CAHNRS; participate as a member of the Blue Mountain Extension Team and the WSU Dryland Cropping Systems Team; and contribute to local, university, state, and federal recognition of WSU Extension as an essential education and applied research resource.
Screening date for applications is October 15, 2022. Apply online at https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/ (R-7221) and be prepared to submit the following materials: 1) Cover letter describing how your work experience and training meet the responsibilities and qualifications for this position; 2) A current curriculum vitae; 3) A statement of your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if selected; and 4) Name, title, organization, phone number, and e-mail address for three people willing to serve as employment references. For further information about the position, contact Dale Whaley, Search Committee Chair at email@example.com. EEO/AA/ADA.
Required Qualifications: Earned Master’s degree in agronomy, plant science, soil science, or other discipline directly related to the subject matter areas of this position by date of hire; Demonstrated expertise and knowledge in cropping systems and innovative farming practices; Demonstrated ability to lead as well as to participate in interdisciplinary teams; Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and listening skills in relating to diverse audiences, including large and small acreage producers, landowners, and managers, consumers, special interest groups, professional groups, and elected officials.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver educational programs using a variety of methodologies; Demonstrated skill in applied research and demonstration methodologies for agricultural practices; Demonstrated success in grant writing and extramural funds development; Documented record of scholarship in subject matter closely aligned with this position; Ability to conduct needs assessments and integrate into program planning, implementation, delivery, and outcome evaluation; PhD in agronomy or closely related discipline.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students on five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver and Everett) with approximately 21,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.
With 39 county Extension offices and 1 Tribal location and 4 Research and Extension Centers throughout the state, WSU Extension is the front door to the University. Extension builds the capacity of individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. Extension collaborates with communities and industries to creat...e a culture of life-long learning and is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality and evidence-based, unbiased educational programs.