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Distinguished Endowed Chair in Soil Health for Potato Cropping Systems
Washington State University - Pullman

Date Posted Feb. 19, 2021
Title Distinguished Endowed Chair in Soil Health for Potato Cropping Systems
University Washington State University - Pullman
Pullman, WA, United States
Department Crop and Soil Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2021
  • Associate Professor
    Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
    Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) seeks a dynamic, motivated, problem-solving leader to join an extraordinary team of faculty members in eastern Washington State. The position would begin on or about July 1, 2021. The Distinguished Endowed Chair will create and lead an internationally recognized research program that is integrated and closely collaborates with growers and industry in the Columbia Basin to develop practical methods, means, and risk management tools to promote soil health and improve potato productivity. The research will improve the efficiency and productivity (yield, disease control, quality, and economic returns) of potato cropping systems by focusing research on soil ecosystems in Columbia Basin potato cropping systems, which includes potatoes, rotation crops with potatoes, and cover crops. The Chair will collaborate with and complement other soil research and extension activities conducted by WSU including the WSU Statewide Soil Health Initiative, and other PNW public and private sector scientists, extension professionals, crop consultants, growers, and processors. In addition, the individual will i) seek and obtain extramural funds to support the program; ii) deliver high quality instruction at the advanced undergraduate or graduate levels; and iii) disseminate information to stakeholders by contributing to extension efforts consistent with program goals, industry interactions, and other research-based outreach and tools.

This position is located on the WSU main campus in Pullman, with expectations to conduct research in the Columbia Basin area of central Washington. The position reports directly responsible to the Chair of CSS. Information about WSU CAHNRS can be found at, and CSS at Required qualifications: i) Earned Ph.D. degree in soil science, soil microbiology, biogeochemistry, horticulture, plant pathology, or a closely related field by employment start date; ii) Demonstrated record of accomplishments commensurate with rank for appointment as associate professor or professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. Preferred qualifications: i) Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences in oral, written, and electronic forms; ii) Demonstrated leadership in developing and executing an interdisciplinary soil science research program; iii) Demonstrated ability to collaborate with industry and the crop research community on a local, regional, national, and international scale; iv) Demonstrated record of acquiring extramural competitive grant support; v) Knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques applicable to potato soil health research; vi) Demonstrated evidence of effective teaching and student mentoring; and vii)Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

The position is open until filled. Screening of applications begins on April 5, 2021. This position is posted on the WSU Jobs site at To apply, please be prepared to submit a detailed letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, a list of four (4) references (names, mailing and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers), and a scanned copy of official transcripts. For questions about the position contact: Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, (509) 335-1553, EEO/AA/ADA

  • WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

    WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (see WSU employs only US citizens and lawfully authorized non-US citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384, TDD Callers: 1- 800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs
    Crop and Soil Sciences
    Washington State University - Pullman
    PO Box 646420
    Johnson Hall 115
    Pullman, WA 99164-6420
  • 509-335-1553
  • 509-335-8674


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