Assistant/Associate Professor of Horticulture
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, TX
6d ago

Job Description

The A&M System strives to maintain a competitive, high-quality benefit package to support the health and wellness needs of our diverse workforce.

This includes comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, additional health and lifestyle programs, and optional retirement savings opportunities.

Eligible employees will have access to paid leave programs in addition to 13-15 paid holidays each year. For more information regarding the benefit package go to : West Texas A&M University : Human Resources Benefits

  • West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, a member of the Texas A&M University System, invites applications for the position of Assistant / Associate Professor of Horticulture with a primary focus in one of the following horticulture science areas : vegetable production, greenhouse / nursery management, or landscape / turf management;
  • in semi-arid environments. Applicants should have a record of leadership and management in horticultural science teaching and research.

    One of the primary responsibilities of the incumbent will be to expand the Department’s current plant and soil science offerings into the area of horticultural science for both undergraduate and graduate education, research and service in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas.

    The nine-month, tenure-track faculty (65% teaching, 30% research, 5% service) will report directly to the Head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, located in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.

    West Texas A&M University is a four-year academic institution with more than 10,000 students including more than 900 students in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, granting Bachelor, Master of Science, and Doctoral degrees.

    The Department is enjoying steady growth and it is anticipated that trend will continue with the addition of this position.

    Responsibilities :

  • Expand the horticulture teaching and research emphasis within the Plant, Soil and Environmental Science program while addressing issues faced by semi-arid agriculture systems in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas.
  • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of horticultural sciences;
  • Teach nine hours per long semester for undergraduate and / or graduate programs;
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the plant and soil science program;
  • Develop a nationally recognized research program in a focus area of horticulture science, including, but not limited to food production, greenhouse and nursery management, or landscape management, in water-limited environments;
  • Assist in managing departmental teaching and research activities;
  • Publish research findings in high quality, peer-reviewed journals;
  • Contribute substantively to the activities and initiatives of one or more professional societies;
  • Develop collaborative programs with scientists in other agencies, universities, and the horticulture and agriculture industries;
  • Foster employment and internship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Participate in service activities and committees to support the department, college, university, community and professional organizations.
  • Qualifications :

  • Ph.D. in Horticulture or closely related field;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service;
  • Experience in horticulture research, specifically within semi-arid environments or focused on water conservation practices;
  • Commitment to an interdisciplinary team approach to education and research;
  • Interpersonal skills, vision, and desire to establish working relationships with external constituents in the horticultural science industries of the Texas High Plains;
  • Demonstrated experience in securing external funding and scholarly publication;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Preferred Qualifications :

  • A record of leadership and management in horticulture teaching and research;
  • Industry experience.
  • Applicant Instructions :

    Applicants must provide the following materials in order to be considered for this position :

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Three Reference
  • Please attach all documents in the attachment box at the bottom of the My Experience page before continuing through the application.

    Although the attachment box is labeled CV / Resume, more than one document may be included. All revisions must be made prior to application submission.

    If you need assistance with downloading documents, please contact WTAMU Human Resources at hr wtamu.edu.

    Texas law requires all males age 18 through 25 to be properly registered with the Selective Service System.

    All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and / or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

    Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Veterans / Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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