UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
INSTITUTE OF APPLIED AGRICULTURE (IAA)
Position Number: IPOOO0
Category Status: Faculty Non-Tenured, Continuing Contract
Unit: AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture
The Agricultural Mechanics & Technology Lecturer teaches undergraduate courses related to agricultural mechanics and technology. The position reports directly to the IAA
Director, and coordinates with other IAA
Advisors and Director to develop courses, advance and promote the program. The Lecturer also serves as an Advisor and mentor IAA
students and will develop industry connections. This position is a fully-participating member in department decision-making, strategic planning, and recruitment. The Agricultural Mechanics & Technology Lecturer continuously develops and updates their curriculum and instructional materials, and integrate assessment activities and best teaching practices into classes.
This is a renewable, full-time professional track, 12-month appointment in the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA). Continuing appointment will be based on performance and student enrollment. The IAA is a 60-credit academic certificate program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park. The IAA provides students with the entrepreneurial, management, and technical skills needed to successfully operate sustainable domestic agricultural enterprises including golf courses, sports fields, landscape companies, and farming operations. The University of Maryland, College Park, MD, is a Land Grant institution located in suburban Washington, DC.
● Teach an average of three undergraduate courses per semester during the academic year. Primary teaching responsibilities in the area of agricultural mechanics and technology, GPS and remote sensing, landscape construction, and small engine repair and maintenance
● Evaluate and update curricula for courses in the above-listed areas
● Conduct academic advising and internship supervision for agricultural business management students and others as needed
● Coordinate with IAA Advisors and Director to advance and promote the program
● Participate in department decision-making, strategic planning, and recruitment
● Develop and update curriculum and instructional materials, integrate assessment activities and best teaching practices into classes, and participate in department-wide curriculum planning.
● Serve on IAA committees
● Master’s degree in agricultural education, agricultural technology, or related field
● At least two years of teaching experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching
● Ability to teach fundamental mechanics and technology skills, such as basic project planning and plan interpretation; scale drawing; electrical circuitry; plumbing; welding (arc and acetylene); woodworking and metalworking; GPS technology and GIS applications for agriculture; small engine mechanics; and safety protocols for the above skills.
● Experience with growing fields of agricultural technology, such as precision agriculture
● Ability to teach landscape-oriented hardscape construction
● Experience teaching at the post-secondary level
● Academic advising and/or mentorship experience
Physical Demands: Ability to lift 100 pounds and safely lift and move heavy equipment. Office is located on the second floor of a building with no elevator.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.
Applications: A complete application packet includes a Cover Letter, Resume, Transcripts (unofficial copy acceptable for application process); Contact information of three (3) professional references. All candidates must apply online at ejobs.umd.edu for position IPOOOO, Posting Number X0006018. The effective start date is July 1, 2021.
Closing Date: Review of applications will begin January 10, 2021. However, applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.