Assistant/Associate Professor
Oregon State University - Madras, OR

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The Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position. Appointment may alternately be made on a 12-month basis at 0.75 FTE tenure-track. Supplemental salary will be provided in either case for up to three years. Incumbent will be expected to seek external funding for summer salary or 0.25 FTE in subsequent years.

The academic home for this position will be the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

COARC is located in Madras, Oregon, at the center of 60,000 acres of irrigated crop land in the center of central Oregon seed production. High value, specialty crops provide the core of this progressive agricultural community. COARC contributes value to Oregon State University (OSU) and the local agricultural community through outreach and engagement with stakeholders, including industry, non-governmental organizations, and the public and through research of pressing agricultural questions. This full-time faculty position will support activities of COARC by developing a strong research program in plant pathology and enhancing the impact of scientific research through management advice, outreach and engagement with stakeholders and public education. The position is located in Madras, Oregon at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (http://oregonstate.edu/dept/coarc/).

Incumbent is responsible for needs assessment and development of a strong research and Extension program in plant pathology meeting the commercial agricultural needs in central Oregon. Collaborations with personnel at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center are expected in order to respond to pathology issues, develop program priorities, conduct research projects as needed and participate in educational programming. The program will emphasize high value crops (including vegetable seed, grass seed, peppermint and potatoes) grown in the high desert of central and south central Oregon. Responsibilities will also include new crops and emerging disease issues within these regions.

Incumbent will report to the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) Director with input from the Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) department head. Outcomes should support the missions of COARC, Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC), BPP, the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) and contribute to OSU's three areas of distinction: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress.

Scholarship as defined by OSU, represents 25-50% of all duties. All OSU faculty in the professorial ranks have a responsibility to engage in scholarship and creative activity. Scholarship and creative activity are understood to be intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers and which is communicated as specified in the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. The complete list of criteria for Promotion and Tenure can be found on the Faculty Handbook website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/faculty-handbook-promotion-and-tenure-guidelines#criteria.

The faculty member will ensure that all people have equal employment and program participation opportunities regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, and disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

Position Duties
70% - Research:

Develop a strong research program in plant pathology to meet the needs of the agricultural industry in Central Oregon, with an emphasis on high value crops (vegetable seed, grass seed, peppermint and potatoes). Be responsive to new crops and disease issues while developing the growth of the research program and maintain the ability to address these needs as they arise.

Provide leadership in addressing plant pathology issues in central Oregon and in collaboration with other plant pathologists, throughout Oregon.

Develop a level of expertise in major crops in the area complementing specialties of OSU colleagues serving the region. Develop strong collaborations with others at OSU, members of other universities, government agencies, industry, and/or non-government organizations to maximize program efficiency, funding, impact and outcomes.

Procure research and extension funding through extramural competitive grants and contracts.

Maintain current knowledge of scientific, technological and industry standards/developments at state, regional, national and international levels. Use upcoming agricultural advancements in these areas to maintain a progressive research program with relevant local outcomes.

Maintain professional license(s) through the Oregon Department of Agriculture as required for professional pesticide consultation.

Disseminate research-based information through refereed journal articles, state, regional and national commodity and professional groups, COARC Annual Research Report, Extension publications, media and other communication outlets, as appropriate.

Overall, operate the program through an ongoing research cycle of idea generation, proposal development, resource acquisition, appropriate regional research, preliminary data/results sharing, analysis, final reporting and publication.

25% - Extension

Reach out and engage with public and stakeholders to identify and find solutions to important regional research questions. This may include creation of an industry advisory committee specific to the plant pathology program.

Develop a strong Extension program in plant pathology to meet the needs of the agricultural industry in central Oregon, with an emphasis on high value crops (vegetable seed, grass seed, peppermint and potatoes). Be responsive to new crops and disease issues, developing growth of the Extension program while maintaining the ability to address needs as they arise.

Overall, contribute to station outreach and educational efforts.

5% - Service:

Providing service to COARC, Botany and Plant Pathology Department, College of Agricultural Sciences and Oregon State University through committee positions and leadership as requested and as is appropriate to rank. Service on state, regional and national advisory committees is encouraged and membership in position-related professional organizations such as but not limited to the American Phytopathological Society is expected. Community service in the local and regional areas is also encouraged.

Position Duties (continued):

Working Conditions/Work Schedule:
Position will require manual labor and use of machinery in agricultural field plots and agricultural production fields. Non-standard hours may be required during peak times of the field season. Travel to agricultural field sites is required.

Minimum/Required Qualifications
This recruitment is for either an Assistant or Associate Professor based upon incumbent's qualifications.

PhD in plant pathology or a closely related field.

Demonstrated experience in crop production and skills to independently conduct and manage all field operations related to an active field research program.

Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively within a team as an effective team member; work and communicate with colleagues.

Demonstrated scientific writing and technical presentation skills.

Demonstrated potential to obtain extramural funding for program operations, development and enhancement.

Ability and interest in developing and delivering educational materials to diverse audiences.

Ability to obtain and maintain licensure by the Oregon Department of Agriculture as a Pesticide Consultant within 6 months of hire date.

Ability and disposition to travel.

For consideration at the Associate Professor level, additional required qualifications include:

Accomplishments equivalent to that normally associated with this rank. A minimum of six years of experience in a comparable research/extension position with evidence of excellence in scholarship and a demonstrated ability to secure research funding.

Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated experience in field crop production.

Experience in molecular biology and application as a tool in diagnostics and research.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding.

Experience in Extension-type activities.

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only)
All Oregon State University faculty in the professorial ranks have a responsibility to engage in scholarship and creative activity. Scholarship and creative activity are understood to be intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers and which is communicated as specified in the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. The complete list of criteria for Promotion and Tenure can be found on the Faculty Handbook website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/faculty-handbook-promotion-and-tenure-guidelines#criteria

Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search:
Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants

Posting Date
02-13-2013

For Full Consideration Date
04-08-2013

Closing Date
05-01-2013

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is:
A preferred qualification

Special Instructions to Applicants
In order to receive full consideration for this position, your application must be received by April 8, 2013.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV that includes the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone contact numbers (Upload as 'Other Document' if not included with your resume/vitae).

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) A statement of your research and extension goals relative to this position, upload as 'Other Document 2''.

4) Provide three representative examples of refereed journal articles, combine the three articles into one PDF file and upload as 'Other Document 3'. The online application system will allow you to attach your examples if the PDF file is 5MB or less. If over 5MB in size, submit to contact person listed. The examples must be received by the closing date if not uploaded with your application.

Please arrange to have three letters of reference emailed to: carol.tollefson@oregonstate.edu

For additional information please contact: Carol Tollefson, 541-475-7107, carol.tollefson@oregonstate.edu

OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

You may submit documents (i.e. transcripts or additional representative examples of refereed journal articles) which may additionally show your qualifications for this position via email to Carol Tollefson at the contact information above.

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Posting Number
0010265

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