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Job ID: 130954

Professor and Head
Kansas State University

Date Posted Oct. 7, 2019
Title Professor and Head
University Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS, United States
Department Agronomy
Application Deadline Dec. 1, 2019
Position Start Date Jun. 1, 2020
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences

POSITION: Professor and Head, Full-time, 12-month appointment

LOCATION; Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

About this Role:
Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head, Department of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture. The department seeks an energetic, visionary, and creative individual who will lead the faculty, staff, and students in their research, teaching, extension, and service missions.

The department has internationally recognized faculty with diverse backgrounds in teaching, research, extension, and service programs in core areas of crop, soil, range, and weed science. The department currently has about 37 faculty, 10 Assistant/Associate Agronomists, and 74 University Support Staff and Unclassified Support Staff. The majority of the faculty and staff are located on the main campus in Manhattan, but several faculty are located at Research or Research and Extension Centers around the state. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees with a current enrollment of about 124 undergraduate majors, 40 minors, and 80 graduate students. The department has state-of-the-art laboratory, greenhouse, and field research facilities to support all assigned responsibilities. (

The Agronomy Department has a strong reputation for external funding, having secured nearly $10M in the current year, regularly ranking the department among the top five departments in the university. The faculty are active internationally and either host or are involved in three of the four US-AID Feed the Future Innovation Labs that are located at K-State (


The Department Head provides leadership and administrative actions to:

  • Foster excellence in research, extension, teaching and domestic and international service
  • Promote quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Actively involve faculty in the decision-making process, using appointed and elected committees when appropriate
  • Provide leadership in planning and supervising programs relevant to the department’s mission within the land grant university system, manage departmental budgetary and financial matters, and assist in generating extramural support for departmental activities
  • Evaluate, counsel, and promote professional development of faculty, staff and students,
  • Recruit and retain productive faculty, staff and students
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, university administrators, and stakeholders
  • Represent and promote the department to the college, university, state, agricultural commodity groups, other clientele, and funding agencies
  • Create an environmental that fosters diversity, collegiality, teamwork and ability to work in a multicultural setting
  • Continue his/her own professional development in administration and/or research, teaching, or extension
  • Collaborate with the College and Foundation in fund raising, as needed

Required Qualification:

  • Earned doctorate in agronomy, crop, soil, range, or weed science, or related discipline
  • Credentials for appointment as a tenured, full professor
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, including administrative, personnel management, budgeting, communication skills, grantsmanship, and the ability to represent the department to scientific and agricultural groups
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, research, extension, and service
  • Experience in assessing priorities and adapting to change with creativity and innovation
  • Commitment to expanding diversity in the department and college community

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in teaching, research, extension and international programs in a land grant university
  • Outstanding professional record of achievement


Applicants should submit via PageUp a letter of interest that addresses the applicant’s vision, administrative philosophy, and qualification; a curriculum vitae; and names and mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references. Minority and women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. We also encourage nominations of outstanding potential candida

Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity:

    Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Marty Draper
    College of Agriculture
    Kansas State University
    112 Waters Hall
    1603 Old Claflin Rd
    Manhattan, KS 66506
  • 7855327136


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