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Job ID: 137531

Thorton Distinguished Chair
Texas Tech University

Date Posted Jan. 31, 2020
Title Thorton Distinguished Chair
University Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX, United States
Department Plant & Soil Science
Application Deadline Mar. 7, 2020
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2020
  • Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
    Agricultural - General
    Land & Water Resource Engineering

This is a 12-month, tenured, senior faculty position with primary responsibilities for leading an internationally recognized program on integration of forages into whole-farm systems of the Southern Great Plains of North America. This program seeks to sustain the agricultural industry of this region through the conservation of water and soil by long-term, agro-ecosystems research. Responsibilities include teaching, research, service, obtaining and managing large grants, and leading this highly visible program. This position includes an expectation to teach formal classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as direct graduate student programs. Candidates must demonstrate extensive experience in forage management, plant physiology, plant and grazing-animal nutrition, and/or soil-forage-animal-environmental interrelationships. The individual selected for this position will lead the Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems (TeCSIS) and serve on the management team of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) Program. These existing programs are composed of large teams that include multi-disciplinary scientists, producers, private industry, government agencies, and policy makers. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience of the incumbent. This endowed position is currently supported with recurring funding that is currently used to support a senior research associate and other program and payroll expenses.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include the following:

  • Ph.D. in forage management, plant physiology, plant and grazing-animal nutrition, and/or soil-forage-animal-environmental interrelationships;
  • Demonstrated communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with scientific audiences, producers and stakeholders, and general audiences orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, including the ability to quantify complex interactions within controlled environments and in field production settings;
  • Experience and leadership in independent and broad cross-disciplinary research;
  • Demonstrated ability to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Ability to aggressively pursue and secure competitive funding from national sources for research;
  • Demonstrated teaching skills in forages, pasture crops, and pasture ecosystem courses;
  • Demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations.
    Preferred qualifications include the following:
  • International experience and collaboration with top international research institutions;
  • Integrative research experience in soil-plant-animal interactions;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze big data sets;
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.
    In addition, applicants must be authorized for employment in the United States.

Please note that all application materials must be submitted on-line through the Texas Tech University application site at and search for Requisition Number 20228BR. Applicants should submit a CV, official transcripts, along with teaching and research statements. Applicants should supply names and contact information of five (5) individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Peter Dotray, Search Committee Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-2122, Phone (806) 834-4325; email: Review of the applications will begin by April 1st, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Expected starting date is Fall 2020.

  • Texas Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans, and we consider the needs of dual-career couples.

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Contact Information

  • Lori Walraven
    Plant & Soil Science
    Texas Tech University
    Box 42122
    Lubbock, TX 79409
  • 806-834-5220
  • 806-742-0775


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