The Department of Horticulture of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Landscape Environmental Stewardship. This position will be a nine- month, tenure-track faculty position with a 60% research and 40% teaching appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2019.
Responsibilities: The selected individual will develop and implement a nationally recognized,
vigorous research program addressing relevant environmental challenges associated with the diverse
planted landscapes in Alabama and with broader application to the southeastern U.S. region.
Research topics could include but are not limited to irrigation/water use, plant cultivar
innovations or applications, pest management strategies, etc. The selected individual will be
expected to secure extramural funding to support programs and summer salary, publish research
results in peer-reviewed journals, communicate and disseminate research results to appropriate
industry constituencies, and successfully direct graduate students. The selected individual will be
expected to function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams, and, as appropriate, develop
collaborative relationships with relevant industry representatives and faculty in the department,
college, university and region. The selected individual will have responsibility in both
undergraduate and graduate instruction with an emphasis on landscape environmental stewardship and
promoting and further developing best management practices in the established landscape
environment. Teaching responsibility includes at least 10 hours of instruction during the academic
year. This equates to teaching two courses and overseeing the horticulture internship course. The selected individual will be expected to recruit, train, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Departmental, college, and university committee service is expected.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Horticulture or closely related plant science discipline by the position start date. The selected individual should have a strong horticultural foundation with knowledge and background in landscape ecology, landscape environmental management or similar subject matter area. Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research and/or teaching resulting in peer-reviewed publications is required. The selected individual should be able to demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative research program. The selected individual must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences. The selected individual must meet eligibility requirements to be gainfully employed in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the term of employment. Desired qualifications: Knowledge and experience in the application of landscape best management practices; successful competitive grant-writing experience; experience in developing new and/or teaching undergraduate courses in horticulture or plant sciences; and advising students both at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link:
http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3092 and attach the following: 1) a cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to all of the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, 4) a one to two page statement of research interests and accomplishments, and 5) a one to two page statement of teaching philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to or by end of business on November 30, 2018, but we will accept applications until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Carolyn Robinson, Search Committee Chair, email: cwr0001@auburn.
The University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles northeast of the state capital (Montgomery). Auburn has a highly ranked public school system, a vibrant economy and an excellent quality of life. Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its undergraduate programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.auburn.edu for more information.
The Department: The Department of Horticulture was established in 1908. It is one of eight academic departments in the College of Agriculture and is comprised of 17 faculty members. The Dept. of Horticulture offers four undergraduate areas of specialization: landscape horticulture, nursery and greenhouse science, fruit and vegetable production and pre-landscape architecture. It is also the headquarters for the new agricultural science degree program. Graduate programs include a Certificate in Public Horticulture, M.Ag., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in horticulture. For more information concerning the department, please visit https://hort.auburn.edu/.