Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position in Agricultural Science (Soil Plant Sci) , School of Science and Mathematics

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Position: The Department of Agricultural Science at Truman State University is seeking applicants for one non-tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor or Instructor level, depending on the candidate’s qualifications. This is a full-time appointment on a nine-month contract, beginning August 2018 and renewable annually, dependent on performance, departmental need, and funding.

Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate courses in Soil and Plant Science.   This includes a required Soil Science class for Agricultural Science majors; elective courses in soil conservation, plant nutrition, and horticulture for students from Agricultural Science and related majors; and a general Agricultural Science course for non-Agriculture majors.  Depending on interest and expertise, the person hired will have an opportunity to teach courses in Environmental Science and/or to develop additional courses in a related area of expertise.  Other responsibilities will include advising as well as service to the University and Community.     

Required Qualifications: Position requires a Master’s degree (for appointment at the Instructor level) or a Ph.D. (completed by the start date, for Assistant Professor rank) in Soil Science, Horticulture, Agronomy, Weed Science, or a closely related field.  

Applicants will be evaluated on: academic qualifications; professional experience in production agriculture, resource conservation, or horticulture; teaching philosophy; demonstrated success in teaching; commitment to student development in the liberal arts and sciences; evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills;  experience with and interest in cover crops, precision agriculture, remote sensing, and spatial analysis; and compatibility with the department’s needs.    

Program: The Department of Agricultural Science at Truman has 6 faculty members, a farm manager, and approximately 120 undergraduate majors.  The Department offers a B.S. in Agricultural Science as well as courses in support of Truman’s Liberal Studies Program.  Teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, and offices are located in the science building on campus.  The Department also utilizes a 400-acre teaching and research farm located one mile from campus, which includes cattle and horse herds and facilities, greenhouses, agronomy research, and other teaching and research facilities.  For more information about the Agriculture program, please visit http://agriculture.truman.edu.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.   

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com.  

Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at http://employment.truman.edu. Completed applications must include a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts and three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin will begin November 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Michael Seipel, Agriculture Department Chair, mseipel@truman.edu.

Truman is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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