This posting is for an Extension Plant Pathologist who will develop and lead an applied research and extension education program focused on field and specialty crops statewide, with emphasis in the Delta region and southeast Arkansas. This applied field pathology position has extensive responsibilities for travel and stakeholder interaction. An important component will be training county agents, consultants, and farmers to understand plant diseases and implement best management practices.
The Extension Plant Pathologist will lead disease management programs for row and specialty crops in the Arkansas Delta region, with an emphasis on southeast Arkansas. The incumbent will develop an effective applied research and Extension program that addresses disease problems important to Arkansas agriculture. This position will require success in securing extramural funding, and will be expected to advise industry and the Division of Agriculture regarding plant disease issues within program expertise. The successful candidate will plan, develop, and implement effective training programs for county agents and other stakeholders, and devise ways to accurately evaluate program impact. Developing publications, social media programs, and other communication methods to disseminate information regarding disease control will also be required. As a faculty member in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, the successful candidate will be expected to advise graduate students as opportunities permit and provide service as assigned.
Ability to obtain & interpret research information. Ability to anticipate changing trends in assigned discipline area & develop programs to address those changes. Knowledge of the principles & techniques of adult education. Knowledge of the program planning process. Ability to work effectively with a variety of professional & lay audiences. Ability to communicate & convey ideas effectively to faculty, stakeholder groups, & clientele. Knowledge of social, economic, political & cultural factors affecting adult & youth learning. Physical & mental ability to effectively perform the duties & responsibilities of the job, including long & irregular hours of work & frequent in-state & out-of-state travel.
Earned Doctorate by time of hire in plant pathology or closely related field. Excellent written and verbal communication skills a must. Demonstrated ability to effectively work in a team setting and with diverse audiences required. Must possess the physical and mental abilities to perform all responsibilities of a complex position with long and irregular work hours and extensive travel, often in field settings.