Assistant or Associate Professor, Turfgrass Science and Management
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Location: Knoxville, TN
Internal Number: 108646
Assistant/Associate Professor -Turfgrass Science and Management:
The Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville invites applications for a tenure track faculty position (12-month appointment) at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. The position is a 100% Extension appointment, based in Knoxville, and will work in collaboration with Turfgrass Science and Management faculty to support Tennessee's $5.8 billion turfgrass industry.
Although a 100% Extension appointment, applicants with strong teaching aptitude and research interests are desired because the Turfgrass Science and Management program will expect this candidate to produce cutting edge outreach materials that can be used for instruction in traditional classroom settings and online.
Expectations: The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant Extension program focused on turfgrass management in sustainable landscapes. This program will be expected to service the East, Middle, and West Tennessee regions by supporting personnel via county-based programs. The successful candidate will be expected to coordinate and foster productive relationships with state turfgrass associations and other stakeholder groups.
Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program focused on issues related to turfgrass management including (but not limited to):
Soil and nutrient management practices that affect the environmental sustainability of landscapes
Environmental fate of turfgrass inputs (e.g., nutrients, water, pesticides, etc)
Quantification of ecosystem services of the turfgrass landscape
Use of digital technologies to foster site-specific, precision management of turfgrass
In addition to developing their own unique research program, the successful candidate will complement existing turfgrass and other plant science research in the department and the University involving the areas mentioned above and beyond.
Duties/Responsibilities: A successful candidate will be expected to provide training and develop relevant educational materials for county personnel, as well as Tennessee's robust Master Gardener program involving efforts of > 2,700 Tennesseans. The successful candidate will be expected to be a leader in sustaining the continued growth of outreach events marketed towards those working in the turfgrass industry. A successful candidate will be expected to translate research findings into both print and digital educational resources on turfgrass management. The successful candidate will also be expected to support 4-H programming statewide, as well as online certificate programs focused on turfgrass management.
The candidate will develop a nationally recognized research program that is supported by extramural funding which trains graduate students at both the masters and doctoral level. Regular publication of research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals is expected.
While there is not a formal teaching expectation, beyond the direction and mentoring of graduate students, the turfgrass science and management program is developing an online pathway for motivated students to gain a formal certificate demonstrating competence in turfgrass science. This candidate would be expected to also develop materials that support such an effort while also potentially being used for other Extension-based activities. A strong commitment to departmental, institutional, and professional citizenship such as advising/mentoring students in enrichment activities and service on committees is required.
Qualifications: A Ph.D. in plant, soil or environmental science or an allied field is required, along with experience in fundamental and applied turfgrass research. Familiarity with turfgrass management practices is essential; experience with both warm- and cool-season turfgrass management in the transition zone is desired. Excellence in written and oral communication is required; experience engaging with both scientific and practitioner audiences is preferred.
For consideration beyond the Assistant Professor level, candidates should demonstrate a solid track record of productivity in turfgrass extension, research, and teaching initiatives and be recognized nationally.
We are seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. We strongly encourage applicants from members of underrepresented groups.
Effective Date: Review of applications will begin September 12, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit a single PDF file containing their curriculum vitae, a 2-3 page statement of interest, and a cover letter that also includes a brief statement of their experience or goals regarding diversity and inclusion. Applicants should also provide a list of three professional references who will be contacted after preselection.
Application materials should be submitted through the University of Tennessee Interfolio platform: http://apply.interfolio.com/108646
Questions about the position may be directed to Jim Brosnan, Ph.D. ([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.
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