Professor & Head, Dept. of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture – KS State University
Kansas State University invites applications for the position of Professor and Head, Department of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture. The department seeks an energetic, visionary, and creative individual who will lead the faculty, staff, and students in their research, teaching, extension, and service emissions.
The Department of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture has internationally recognized faculty with diverse backgrounds in teaching, research, extension, and service programs in core areas of crop, soil, range, and weed science. The department currently has about 37 faculty, 10 Assistant/Associate Agronomists, and 74 University Support Staff and Unclassified Support Staff. The majority of the faculty and staff are located on the main campus in Manhattan, but several faculty are located at Research or Research and Extension Centers around the state. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees with current enrollment of about 124 undergraduate majors, 40 minors, and 80 graduate students. The department has state-of-the art laboratory, greenhouse, and field research facilities to support all assigned responsibilities. (https://www.agronomy.k-state.edu/)
The Agronomy Department has a strong reputation for research and external funding, having secured nearly $10M in the current year. The department regularly ranks among the top five units in the university. The faculty are active internationally and either host or participates in three of the four USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs, located at K-State (https://www.ag.k-state.edu/international/usaid/index.html).
Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.
The Department Head provides leadership and administrative actions to:
- Foster excellence in research, extension, teaching and domestic and international service
- Promote quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate programs
- Actively involve faculty in the decision-making process, using appointed and elected committees when appropriate
- Provide leadership in planning and supervising programs relevant to the department’s mission within the lad grant university system, manage departmental budgetary and financial matters, and assist in generating extramural support for departmental activities
- Evaluate, counsel, and promote professional development of faculty, staff and students
- Recruit and retain productive faculty, staff and students
- Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, university administrators, and stakeholders
- Represent and promote the department to the college, university, state, agricultural commodity groups, other clientele, and funding agencies
- Create an environmental that fosters diversity, collegiality, teamwork and ability to work in a multicultural setting
- Continue his/her own professional development in administration and/or research, teaching, or extension
- Collaborate with the College and Foundation in fund raising, as needed
- Earned doctorate in agronomy, crop, soil, range, or weed science, or related discipline
- Credentials for appointment as a tenured, full professor
- Demonstrated leadership qualities, including administrative, personnel management, budgeting, communication skills, grantsmanship, and the ability to represent the department to scientific and agricultural groups
- Commitment to excellence in teaching, research, extension, and service
- Experience in assessing priorities and adapting to change with creativity and innovation
- Commitment to expanding diversity in the department and college community
- Experience in teaching, research, extension and international programs in a land grant university
- Outstanding professional record of achievement
- Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Martin Draper, Chair, Department of Agronomy Professor and Head at 785-532-6147.
Salary commensurate with qualifications.Apply by: 12/02/2019
How to apply:
Director – NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center
The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (NDAES) is currently conducting a search for the Director of the Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC).
The Director will have administrative responsibility for pursuing excellence in agricultural research and educational programs for the DREC, located at Dickinson, ND. The Director will provide leadership, supervision and performance evaluations for Center staff, and facilitate collaboration between the Center staff and other research and Extension professionals in the NDSU system, as well as agencies, organizations, and entities that aid agriculture, related industries, or economic activities in the region. The Director will manage the Center’s budget and coordinate budget development in conjunction with the Director of the NDAES, the DREC advisory board and State Board of Agricultural Research and Education. The Director will provide leadership in obtaining external, competitively funded research and/or educational awards, and develop collaborative projects important to the well‐being of rural communities, agricultural production systems and natural resources in southwest North Dakota. The research program emphasis areas at DREC include management of rangeland natural resources and grasslands in the western North Dakota region; beef cattle management and production systems; forage production systems; and agronomy and cropping systems pertinent to southwestern North Dakota.
About the Center:
The Dickinson Research & Extension Center was established by the 1905 North Dakota Legislature as a research location representative of the Missouri Plateau region. The goal was to develop research on crop production for farmers of the region and to improve native and introduced forage crop production for cattle ranchers.
Over the years the Center has grown from 160 acres to 6,482 acres across southwest North Dakota. Locations include the DREC Office and Headquarters at Dickinson, the DREC Ranch Headquarters near Manning, and the Boehm Research Farm located near Richardton.
- Earned M.S. in an agricultural discipline closely aligned with the Center’s research programs from an accredited institution.
- Three years of documented experience in planning, designing, and implementing rangeland, cropping systems, soil and natural resource management, agricultural economics, or livestock research.
- Demonstrated ability and skills in leadership, fiscal management, organization, and building teamwork.
- Demonstrated success in obtaining extramural funding, and experience developing strong collaborative research with other scientists, research extension centers and/or agencies and organizations.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with diverse agricultural clientele, agri‐business, community groups, and local and state policy makers.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with scientists, agricultural producers, and other clientele associated with agriculture and natural resources.
- Earned Ph.D. in an agricultural discipline closely aligned with the Center’s research programs from an accredited institution.
- Significant experience and accomplishments in research in an area related to applicable research needs for southwest ND.
- Commitment to the core mission of a land‐grant university, experience and understanding of administration and project development at a land‐grant university, and the application and use of information technology to further that mission.
- Extensive and documented experience as a leader of multi‐disciplinary research and extension programs and a record of accomplishment leading multidisciplinary teams and groups.
- Demonstrated and effective use of technology.
- Significant record of creativity, initiative, and entrepreneurial approach to garnering funds to support research or extension programming.
- Ability to work across distance to accomplish research and extension mission with main station and other research extension centers.
- Demonstrated experience with management of projects and resources.
- Demonstrated experience managing and supervising employees in a collegial fashion.
Salary commensurate with experience.
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How to apply:
Applications are accepted online only at https://jobs.ndsu.edu.
Search for job opening #1901244.