Assistant/Associate Professor, Field Crop Entomologist
The University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full -time, 12 month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor.
Effective Date: Screening of applicant's credentials will begin on December 1, 2020.
Job Responsibilities: 70% Extension/30% Research
Delivery a comprehensive and dynamic extension program in IPM related to the common field crops grown in Tennessee (cotton, soybean, corn and wheat).
An applied research program that promotes best management practices for arthropods pests.
Development of strong program that supports the training of county agents, crop consultants, other stakeholder groups, and graduate students.
Serving as major advisor to graduate student.
Apply for and receive extramural funding (grants, contracts, gifts and fees) to support extension programming, applied research and support graduate students
Publication of peer reviewed publications (Extension publications, abstracts and journal articles).
Provide assistance with 4-H entomology project activities.
Provide timely and accurate information in response to public requests.
Establish and/or maintain cooperative efforts with Extension specialists at other institutions, regionally and nationally.
Participate in service activities at the department, institute, university level, and professional societies and organizations.
About the department: The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology provides leadership in the generation and dissemination of knowledge on insects, related arthropods, and plant and animal diseases that affect the quality of life of all Tennesseans. Our Department is the only academic unit in Tennessee with the mission and responsibility to provide basic and applied information on questions of plant diseases and insect related problems affecting plants, animals, and humans. Successful fulfillment of the mission requires a diverse complement of disciplinary expertise working in a highly integrated environment of teaching, research, Extension, and outreach. Departmental programs focus primarily on solving problems within Tennessee, yet draw on information generated worldwide and, in turn, provide information that is useful throughout the world. Our department strives to provide innovative, inclusive, high quality graduate education in the fields of entomology, plant pathology, and bioinformatics.
UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels. We work closely with members of our local community to discover, educate, and support a variety of initiatives that benefit agriculture, homes and other structures, and the environment. Our specialists closely collaborate with ecologists, toxicologists, soil scientists, plant geneticists, horticulturists, agronomists, veterinarians, health and pest management professionals, Extension personnel, and non-governmental and governmental organizational representatives. Our specialists use their expertise in alternative methods of insect and disease management to help meet the need for healthy homes, landscapes and healthful food production without or with reduced use of pesticides.
The ultimate goal of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is to excel in fulfilling the land-grant mission that sets it apart from other institutions within Tennessee and across the nation. The mission of UT AgResearch is to advance science in agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, and family and community sciences. A goal of UTIA AgResearch is to use resources effectively to deliver service for the public good through solutions to problems facing agricultural producers and businesses, natural resource managers and industries, and the public. This is accomplished through knowledge discovery, innovation of these discoveries into new products and processes, and application of these innovations to enhance the lives of citizens of Tennessee and the world.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Benefits: Benefits available include group medical and life insurance, state employee's retirement or TIAA/CREF, worker's compensation, study, sick and annual leave, paid holidays and administrative leave days, unemployment compensation, educational waivers, and use of numerous University Services.
Ph.D. in entomology with broad knowledge in field crop arthropods.
Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, data management and technical writing
Ability and willingness to meet demanding travel requirements
Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status.
Ideal candidates should demonstrate ability to:
Develop a robust educational program for stakeholder groups that includes traditional and web-based training efforts
Perform applied, field-level research
Effectively communicate with stakeholder groups and the scientific community through presentations and publications
Diagnosis and management of arthropod problems of field crops
Work in a multidisciplinary, collaborative team environment
Applicants should submit a single PDF document including a letter of application, extension and research philosophies, statements describing translational research interests and experience working with diverse stakeholder groups, official transcripts, contact information for at least three individuals willing to serve as references, and a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities, and publications.
Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Alan Windham, by email, [email protected]
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Internal Number: 80072
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