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Professor and Department Head, Horticulture Department
University of Georgia

  • Dec. 15, 2017
  • Feb. 1, 2018
  • Mar. 1, 2018
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Horticulture
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The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Horticulture ( This is a 12-month tenure track position. The successful candidate must qualify for the rank of Professor consistent with Horticulture Promotion and Tenure Unit criteria. 32 Research, teaching and extension faculty, 112 students (30 graduate, 61 undergraduate and 21 certificate in organic agriculture) and 45 staff are located at the Athens, Tifton, and Griffin Campuses. The department supports Georgia’s large and diverse horticulture industry (farm-gate value of $1,400,000,000) through research and extension. Departmental research and extension programs include plant breeding, genetics and genomics; plant physiology, post-harvest biology, plant production management, resource management, and native plant conservation. Faculty members work on a vast array of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, herbs, medicinal plants, endangered native species, and row crops. An undergraduate major is offered in Horticulture with areas of emphasis in Landscape Contracting, General Horticulture, Sustainable Food Production, and Horticultural Science. Outstanding graduate programs leading to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree are supported by a large graduate faculty with diverse research programs and broad disciplinary expertise. Graduate studies and research programs are characterized by strong interdepartmental and interdisciplinary ties. The Department hosts a large Extension program focused on applied research to address the needs of farmers and the public in Georgia and worldwide. The department head (or their designee) has oversight over field units supporting research, teaching, and outreach. This position is highly engaged with the various commodity groups and other stakeholders of departmental programs.

The University of Georgia is a Research I, land-grant institution in the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1785, the University is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in the state. The campus and community of Athens offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. UGA has approximately 35,200 undergraduates and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 20 public institutions of higher education in the United States. The main campus is approximately 60 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains, 185 miles from the coast, and 70-80 miles from Atlanta, a large, diverse, major metropolitan area. Visit the University’s website at for additional information.


  • A Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Biology, or related Biological Sciences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and/or extension.
  • Higher Education Administrative experience is desirable.
  • Evidence of creative and innovative leadership.
  • Demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  • The successful applicant must qualify for the rank of Professor according to Horticulture Promotion and Tenure Unit criteria

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to administer and coordinate high-quality teaching, research, and extension programs, and play a proactive role in increasing extramural support for these programs. Specific responsibilities include faculty recruitment, management and leadership, student recruitment, faculty performance evaluations, coordinating promotion and tenure procedures, program planning and implementation, budget management, and management of physical facilities including both laboratory and field facilities. The individual will also be expected to work effectively with, and represent faculty to, university and agency administrators, state and federal personnel, and industry clientele.

RANK and SALARY: Professor, Salary Commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATION: Nominations are encouraged and will be accepted. Nominations, questions and/or other inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Kris Braman, Head, Department of Entomology, email:, CAES, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706.542.2816

Applications received by February 1, 2018 will be assured full consideration; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit documentation in electronic format at To Apply submit: (1) a formal letter stating the applicant’s qualifications for the position and a brief statement of leadership philosophy; (2) a current resume that includes a list of publications; and (3) a list of four references with contact information including email addresses. References will not be contacted without further communication with the applicant.

  • The University of Georgia is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants regardless of gender or ethnic background. The University requests your voluntary completion of our demographic inquiry found at:, which is used for monitoring our efforts. This information will only be used for Equal Employment Opportunity reporting purposes and your personal information will not be shared with the search committee.
    Effective January 1, 2008, the Board of Regents has enacted a “background check” policy for new hires in the system as a condition of employment. This policy can be found at: Upon offer of employment, you must complete the “Consent for a Background Investigation” form.

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