Assistant Professor of Practice - General Ag Extension Agent

Location: Central Point, OR
Deadline: December 9, 2016

The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice position. Reappointments are at the discretion of the Regional Administrator, Department Head, and Program Leader. This position will be located in Central Point, Oregon.

OSU Extension Service seeks an innovative professional to provide non-formal education and research-based assistance for a wide range of agricultural producers in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Persons with broad agricultural backgrounds and a passion for serving farmers and the public are encouraged to apply.

This full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term (annual reappointment) Assistant Professor of Practice position is stationed at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point, Oregon. Its academic home is anticipated to be in either the Department of Horticulture or Department of Crop and Soil Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. Active contributions to scholarship are required (see the scholarship duties section, below, for details).

As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension educational program development, delivery, and evaluation, and for conducting applied research needed to support Extension activities. The position focuses on general agricultural and horticultural based production systems with an emphasis on sustainable/biological methods appropriate for all agricultural producers. In addition, incumbent is expected to become knowledgeable of local, state and federal land use and agricultural regulations and to conduct educational programming for agriculture producers on these matters.

This faculty member develops and conducts educational programs and contributes to applied field research activities in topic areas of relevant to agriculture at a wide range of scales. The individual will work collaboratively with area agricultural producers, agriculture and natural resource agencies, and OSU faculty to plan, organize, deliver and evaluate educational programs and provide farm-related problem-solving services. This position is specifically intended to address Extension education needs in a manner that allows SOREC viticulture, pathology and entomology faculty members to focus on their research missions.

Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.

Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will require traveling.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.

Oregon State University and OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that these goals are achieved. In addition, all faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.