University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Department of Plant and Earth Science
Assistant Professor Horticulture
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics; and Education and Professional Studies.
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The University of Wisconsin-River Falls invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. This is a full-time, nine month, tenure-track undergraduate faculty position (100% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant and Earth Science. Principal responsibilities will involve teaching undergraduate horticulture lecture and laboratory courses for both majors and non-majors, including upper division courses. The standard teaching load is 12 credits per semester. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision, and other funding sources.
The Horticulture program has approximately 55 majors pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees. The Horticulture major is one of five within the Department of Plant and Earth Science. There are 13 faculty within the department which is one of five departments within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Support facilities include tissue culture laboratory, greenhouses, outdoor horticulture teaching/Extension/research plots and University Laboratory Farms. More information about the college and department can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/ Appointment date: August 27, 2018
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses focused on various aspects of horticulture including Introduction to Greenhouse Management, Introduction to Horticulture, Floriculture, and Crop Physiology. Other courses may be taught depending upon the candidate’s interest and expertise and departmental needs.
Serve as academic advisor to undergraduate students and co-curricular advisor to student organizations and clubs, potential internships, and mentor undergraduate research within the department.
Opportunities may exist to develop courses that meet departmental needs, and within the candidate’s area of interest and expertise.
Interact and collaborate with faculty in the department’s interdisciplinary environment, as well as strengthening ties to faculty in related departments.
Participate in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college and university levels.
Engage in scholarly activity. Such activities are broadly defined and may address the scholarship of teaching, developing a research program, mentoring undergraduate research projects, and/or participation in professional organizations.
Ph.D. in Horticulture or closely-related field, by the time of appointment. ABD candidates may be considered for a conditional appointment and must complete their Ph.D. within one year of the date of the appointment.
Previous teaching experience or ability to demonstrate potential for effective teaching.
Academic preparation or experience in greenhouse management, plant physiology, protected culture production and related urban agriculture concepts such as hydroponics.
Demonstrated industry experience or willingness to work with the industry.
Demonstrated scholarly activity or potential for scholarly activity in horticulture.
Demonstrated ability in or potential for effective student advising.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty in related disciplines.
Demonstrated experience with inorganic and/or biochemistry and organic chemistry
Demonstrated experience in turf grass science and management
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
A three-part statement, not to exceed 3 pages, covering
your primary and secondary teaching interests, experience in classroom, and any evidence of successful teaching at the college level
your horticultural industry experience, and
your applied research and scholarly activity agenda. (Other Document)
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (references).
Inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Brian Smith, Search Committee Chair Department of Plant and Earth Science email@example.com
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by February 10, 2018. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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