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Department Head- Crop and Soil Science Department
Oregon State University

Date Posted Jul. 30, 2019
Title Department Head- Crop and Soil Science Department
University Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, United States
Department Crop and Soil Science Department
Application Deadline Sep. 15, 2019
Position Start Date Feb. 1, 2020
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is seeking a Department Head. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

This appointment includes indefinite tenure on a 9-month basis at 1.00 FTE at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

The Department Head is a recognized national and international leader in crop science, soil science, agronomy, or an allied field and provides visionary and facilitative leadership for all teaching, research, Extension, and outreach programs in the department. The Department Head interacts effectively with a large and wide-ranging group of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in industry groups, public agencies, and private organizations to advance the mission of the department, college, and university. The Department Head provides administrative, managerial, fiscal, and scientific leadership; maintains and promotes a collaborative and productive environment for faculty, staff, and students; establishes and maintains strong ties with stakeholders; advocates effectively for the Department. The Department Head must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Design, develop, maintain and/or carry out programs to ensure that all people have equal employment opportunities and equal program participation opportunities regardless of their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, and disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

Position Duties
Provides visionary leadership to maintain and advance the department as a widely-recognized regional, national and international leader in Crop and Soil Science. Works with faculty to identify emerging opportunities and develop strategic plans to enhance departmental programs. Creates a supportive environment for transformative, interdisciplinary programs that address complex research issues, engage and educate clientele, and prepare today’s students to address tomorrow’s problems.

Oversees daily operations of the Department of Crop and Soil Science, including the facilitation of ongoing regional and multistate cooperative opportunities and issues. Develops and secures staff and support for high quality teaching, research and Extension programs statewide. Where appropriate, works with station directors and Extension regional directors to implement, staff, and support key programs and maintain adequate resources to ensure success.

Recruits outstanding faculty and staff, clearly communicates expectations and goals, and provides criterion-based performance evaluations. Encourages, supports, and creates opportunities for faculty and staff development, study leaves, and sabbaticals. Develops effective mentoring relationships and programs to optimize faculty success. Nominates faculty and staff for department, college, university or national recognition. Builds and promotes a work environment that respects and values wide-ranging opinions.

Provides active leadership in advancing the department’s goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, these goals include:
(1) Integrate and advance inclusive excellence within all aspects of the department, including our Extension, outreach, research, and teaching activities.
(2) Improve recruitment of students and employees to CSS from underrepresented communities.
(3) Create an inclusive and collaborative departmental climate to support the retention and success of all students and employees.
(4) Provide innovative and transformative learning experiences enabling all students and employees to advance inclusive excellence.
(5) Communicate the CSS department’s accomplishments, initiatives and innovations as CSS advances inclusive excellence.
These goals are aligned with Oregon State University’s commitments to advancing inclusive excellence. More information about this can be found at….

Coordinates with Branch Experiment Station Directors and Heads of other units to mentor and evaluate faculty located off campus and faculty with joint positions in Crop and Soil Science and other units. Provides an academic home for faculty located in Branch Experiment Stations, Extension offices and the Sustainability Double Degree Program by supporting them through the promotion and tenure process.

Provides oversight for academic programs, ensuring that these programs provide high quality, up-to-date, and challenging content needed to train the next generation of soil and crop scientists. Makes teaching assignments to ensure that classes are taught on schedule and that teaching facilities are appropriate. Engages with faculty to carry out the teaching plans outlined in the departmental strategic plan. Carries out annual learning outcome assessments and other periodic reporting requirements.

Manages departmental budget, making sound investments that advance departmental programs in alignment with the departmental strategic plan, while exhibiting sound stewardship and fiscal responsibility.

Provides guidance and leadership to the manager of farm facilities and Seed Services. Represents Seed Service interests at college, university and state levels.

Fosters effective communication among the broad collection of external and internal stakeholders. Provides departmental representation to commodity commissions, advisory groups, and other organizations to promote the department, college, Extension, and university. Works with these groups to plan, establish priorities, and implement programs. Serves as a conduit to address clientele/industry needs through faculty research, teaching and Extension programs. Works cooperatively with the agricultural industry through outreach programs, conferences and workshops. Assists faculty in engaging with the industry in ways that clearly serve the needs of stakeholders at state, regional, national, and international levels. Represents the College of Agricultural Sciences on commodity commissions and in other organizations as approved or assigned by the Dean.

Participates as a member of the College of Agricultural Sciences administrative team. Contributes to long-range planning, fosters inter-unit cooperation, and supports college-wide programs. Works collaboratively with the heads of other units to help ensure cross-college planning, coordination, joint programs, and other activities that advance the department’s mission.

Assists with variety releases, intellectual property development, and royalty distribution for field crops through appropriate channels.

Works collaboratively with development officers and the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences to develop private gifts that provide new department facilities, endowed professorships or support of department personnel, students, and operations.

Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with professional organizations and agencies that have interests in crop and soil science and related fields. Serves on state, regional, and national advisory committees as appropriate to position responsibilities. Serves on College of Agricultural Sciences and other University committees as appropriate and as requested by the Department, College, Division of Outreach and Engagement, and the University.

Minimum/Required Qualifications
Ph.D. degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, or a related discipline.

Commitment to the missions of undergraduate and graduate teaching, applied and basic research, and outreach to urban and rural communities across Oregon.

National/international record of scholarly achievement in research, Extension, instructional and/or service activities within the crop or soil sciences or related disciplines, commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure.

Outstanding professional and collaborative leadership including demonstrated success as an interdisciplinary team player who actively seeks collaboration, promotes success of the teams and people with whom they collaborate, and puts success of their collaborative groups above their own self-interest.

Record of securing programmatic support for instruction, research, service or outreach.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Demonstrated capacity to work with a wide range of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in public agencies and private organizations, growers, volunteers, and the public.

Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Commitment to advancing department’s goals for inclusive excellence.

Ability to travel frequently within Oregon.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

  • OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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