Job Post

Vacancy at Washington State University For Assistant Professor

January 09, 2020

JD BaserPosition Description
Assistant Professor in Agricultural Technology and Production Management 


Job Summary

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) seeks a dynamic, motivated, student-focused leader to support a vibrant undergraduate program in Agricultural Technology and Production Management (AgTM).

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) seeks a dynamic, motivated, student-focused leader to support a vibrant undergraduate program in Agricultural Technology and Production Management (AgTM). We are seeking to fill a 9-month, non-tenure-track, promotion-eligible, Teaching Assistant Professor position beginning July 1, 2020 (negotiable).


The incumbent will lead the highly successful undergraduate program in Agriculture Technology and Production Management (AgTM), the largest of five majors in the interdisciplinary Agricultural and Food Systems (AFS) degree program ( AgTM has an outstanding record of preparing students for careers in agriculture and placing students in leading positions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Historical placement rates are near 100% due to close coupling of the teaching program with agriculture industry and industry leaders. We recognize the importance of AgTM and actively support students with quality instruction, advising, career mentoring, infrastructure, and club activities. Future plans involve growing and specializing this program with a precision/digital agriculture track and second faculty hire later in 2020.


The Teaching Assistant Professor will be responsible for leading and executing a vision for the AgTM curriculum. The incumbent will work closely and collaboratively with students, the agriculture industry, other stakeholders, and CSS faculty to evaluate and change the curriculum as pertinent agricultural technology industries advance.  A critical aspect of this position is the ability to provide an inclusive environment for all students and collaborate with interdisciplinary and multi-cultural teams. Specific teaching expectations include the delivery of 15 to 18 credits per academic year (9 months). Current subject matter areas include lecture and lab-based courses in precision agriculture, mobile power units, fluid and electrical power systems, irrigation and water management, and human and machinery risk management. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will be responsible for student advising, club advising, and internship mentoring. A key strength of the AgTM program has been its close engagement with industry to ensure relevance of the curriculum, develop a robust pipeline for student placement, and generate external resources to support the program. The incumbent is expected to foster engagement with the industry and enhance student learning experience through developing relevant internship pipelines and career opportunities.  Opportunities exist to fund summer appointments with summer teaching and by integrating their expertise and the AgTM program into ongoing research and extension in precision/digital agriculture. WSU CAHNRS and CSS have a network of research farms increasingly focused on precision agriculture research and technology transfer/adoption. The AgTM program has played, and can continue to play, a major role in supporting and engaging in such efforts to integrate relevant technologies and undergraduate students into ongoing precision agriculture initiatives and projects. As we grow and diversify the program with a precision/digital agriculture track, the incumbent will work with CSS to define the second faculty hire (2020, TBD) and then coordinate development of the augmented curriculum with existing faculty and the new hire. 


Required: • Earned MS degree in Agriculture Technology, Agriculture Mechanization, Agriculture Engineering, or closely-related applied agriculture discipline at the time of hire with sufficient breadth to teach existing courses in the program, and evolve the program to meet the demands of modern agriculture systems; • Experience in teaching and the application of modern pedagogical techniques in applied agriculture technology and production management fields; and • A commitment to student success through active academic advising, career mentoring, and engagement with industry to ensure curriculum relevance and to develop career pipelines for graduates.
Preferred: • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies; • Effective written, oral and interpersonal communication skills; • Demonstrated commitment to work collaboratively on curriculum development and delivery with relevant  faculty members within and outside the home department (CSS) and colleges within the university system; • Demonstrated effectiveness in secondary agricultural mechanics and/or agricultural education teaching; • Demonstrated effectiveness in post-secondary curriculum development; • Prior experience in applied agricultural technology research and extension/outreach; • Prior experience in the applied agriculture industry; • PhD degree in Agriculture Technology, Agriculture Mechanization, Agriculture Engineering, or closely-related applied agriculture discipline at the time of hire.


Faculty, staff and students in CSS are committed to improving the long-term sustainability of agricultural systems through research, teaching, and extension. Our department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Crop Science and Soil Science, with 100 graduate students currently enrolled. In addition, we host graduate students pursuing an M.S. in Agriculture. Undergraduate students can select B.S. programs in Agricultural and Food Systems (with majors in agricultural education; agricultural technology and production management; agricultural and food business economics; organic and sustainable agriculture; and agriculture and food security) and Integrated Plant Sciences (with majors in agricultural biotechnology; field crop management; fruit and vegetable management; landscape, nursery, and greenhouse management; and viticulture and enology). Facilities include a new 30-acre organic farm on the Pullman campus, five dryland agronomy farms within a 120-mile radius of Pullman, and labs and farms at research centers in Mount Vernon, Puyallup, Prosser, and Wenatchee. Partnerships with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory, the University of Washington and other universities, commodity commissions, the agriculture industry, and family farms result in well-rounded and timely research, successful outreach, and opportunities for student internships. 


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The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 14 academic units and four research and extension centers distributed across the state.  CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience.  Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.
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Screening of applicants begins March 1, 2020. To apply, visit (position #130529) and be prepared to submit a detailed letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, a current curriculum vitae (resume), a one-page teaching philosophy statement, the names and contact information for three (3) references from which WSU will solicit letters, and a scanned copy of official transcripts. Please initiate the application and notify referees that letters of reference will automatically be requested from referees at the time of completed application.  For questions about the position contact: Mr. JD Baser, Senior Instructor/Teaching Associate Professor and search committee chair,, 509-751-2493.



WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program (see WSU employs only US citizens and lawfully authorized non-US citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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