POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor, Weed Science Extension Specialist
POSITION DESCRIPTION: This is an 11-month, tenure-track, 85% extension and 15% teaching position.
EXTENSION RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead in planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs to transfer weed control technologies to Oklahoma stakeholders. Opportunities exist in winter wheat, winter canola, and other Oklahoma crops and forage (alfalfa, improved pasture) production systems as well as brush control in grazing lands. The successful candidate will be actively engaged with Extension and industry personnel and will be expected to interact with state and federal agency personnel as necessary. Participation in Plant and Soil Sciences departmental Extension efforts and Weed Science IPM as well as effective oral and written communication including use of electronic media and innovative information delivery methods are essential. The position will require development of an applied extension field research and demonstration program and periodic impact assessment of Extension activities. Extension outreach efforts will include appropriate concern for environmental quality and ground water protection, stewardship of weed control technologies, as well as agronomic production potential of recommended practices.
TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will teach a three-hour undergraduate class on agronomic weed control in Oklahoma cropping systems. The class will include a one-hour lab with hands-on, applied activities. The successful candidate may also provide leadership to the weed science team and advise graduate and undergraduate students.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include: i) Ph.D. in Weed Science or closely related field with major emphasis on weed management in row crops and/or small grains, ii) evidence of ability to communicate orally and in writing, iii) ability to work effectively in a team environment with Extension and agribusiness personnel, iv) ability to develop proposals to seek outside funding for program support, v) ability to effectively instruct undergraduate and graduate students, and vi) skills regarding the effective use of electronic media in education and communication of technical information. Preferred qualifications include: i) previous experience in Extension and/or outreach activities, ii) teaching experience, and iii) evidence of the ability to publish and secure extramural funding.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Will be competitive with other leading land grant universities and commensurate with training and experience. Continuation of this position is subject to performance, need, and available funding.
DATE AVAILABLE: November 1, 2012, or as soon thereafter as qualified candidate is available.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin September 28, 2012, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Send letter of interest, curriculum vita, official transcripts, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:
Dr. David Porter
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Oklahoma State University
369 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-6130 Fax: (405) 744-0354