Teaching Assistant Professor, Agricultural Technology and Production Management
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 130529
Work Location: Pullman
Summary of Duties: 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 Qualifications: 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.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.