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Job ID: 129034

Professor and Department Head
Oklahoma State University

Date Posted Sep. 12, 2019
Title Professor and Department Head
University Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK, United States
Department Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Application Deadline Oct. 15, 2019
Position Start Date Jan. 2, 2020
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Landscape Architecture

The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR), Oklahoma State University, invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. This 12-month appointment is administratively responsible to the Vice President, Dean, and Director.

Department Profile___________________________________________________________________
Building upon its foundation of excellence and commitment to the citizens of Oklahoma and beyond, the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is devoted to discovering, developing, and disseminating scientific knowledge in support of the land grant missions of teaching, research, and extension. This mission is fulfilled by a diverse faculty with 14 tenure-track members, of which 3 are supported by endowed professorships and chairs. The department is further supported by 3 non-tenure track faculty and 18 staff employees. The department’s approximately 93 undergraduate students select from majors in Horticulture with options in four different areas including Horticultural Business, Horticultural Science, Public Horticulture, and Turfgrass Management. Majors may also choose from options in Landscape Management (); or Landscape Architecture (5-year program accredited by LAAB). The Department averages 9 graduate students and offers a M.S. degree in Horticulture, and a Ph.D in association with interdisciplinary programs within DASNR including Crop Science, Plant Science, Environmental Science, and Food Science.

The department is known for:

  • Urban and Small Farming
  • Health and Sustainability
  • Science and Design Innovation
  • Environmental and Community Sustainability

Focus areas for research and extension programs include:

  • Turfgrass, ornamentals, and food crops including fruit, pecan, vegetables as well as post-harvest and processing of these crops;
  • Community and sustainable design;
  • Urban Landscape water quality and conservation;

Outreach and service functions and facilities include The Botanic Garden, the Turfgrass Research Center, student farm and demonstration gardens, an education building, teaching and research greenhouses, and the Oklahoma Gardening TV show and studio garden. Department faculty commonly use Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES) lands and facilities throughout the state including the Mingo Valley Research Station in Bixby, Cimarron Valley Research Station in Perkins and the Controlled Environmental Research Laboratories in Stillwater. The department has active programs in consumer horticulture, commercial horticulture, landscape planning and design, 4-H, and other youth related areas. In cooperation with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Master Gardeners program is one of the largest extension programs in the state.


  • Provide visionary leadership in the department with attention to fairness and integrity, including periodic review of department objectives, scope, and priorities.
  • Stimulate, integrate, oversee, and evaluate departmental teaching, research, and extension programs.
  • Support OSU’s diversity efforts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff and students.
  • Effectively and efficiently manage human, financial, and physical resources.
  • Represent departmental and faculty interests to administrators and other University and Division units.
  • Collaborate with Division Unit Heads and with other University administrators and faculty.
  • Represent the department to outside agencies (state and federal agencies, industries, , and professional organizations), alumni, individuals, the community, and other groups.
  • Pursue external funding to include competitive grants, research contracts, gifts and other special funding to include endowments for scholarships, fellowships and chairs and professorships.
  • Assign responsibilities to faculty and staff and evaluate their performance. Encourage professional growth and development of faculty, staff and students.
  • Provide oversight of departmental activities in state, regional, national, and international organizations and committees.
  • Foster an environment of collegiality, teamwork, diversity and respect for multi-disciplinary and multicultural settings.


  • An earned doctoral degree in Horticultural Sciences, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related discipline.
  • An outstanding record of scholarly achievements and professional activities related to teaching, research and/or extension that will qualify for the rank of Professor with tenure.
  • A thorough understanding of the land-grant mission.
  • Evidence of administrative ability to direct a department, team or unit and provide visionary and progressive leadership.
  • Ability to effectively listen, communicate and represent the department with administrators, agencies, and on-and off-campus interest groups.

Employment Conditions ________________________________________________________________
This position is to be filled by January 2, 2020, or as soon thereafter as the successful candidate is available. This is a 12-month administrative appointment with tenure as a Professor within the department. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Continuation of this position is subject to performance and need.

Nomination and Application Procedures____________________________________________________
While applications and nominations will be accepted until a successful candidate has been identified, interested parties are required to submit official application materials on the recruitment website by October 15 to receive optimal consideration.

Interested applicants must apply via OSU’s applicant tracking system for the position labeled req7237. As part of the application process, provide a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and a statement of administrative leadership philosophy and vision. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Phil Mulder, Search and Screening Committee, at 405-744-5643. More information about the department, Oklahoma State University and Stillwater is available online.

  • Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit https:///

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Contact Information

  • Phil Mulder
    Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
    Oklahoma State University
    127 Noble Research Center
    Stillwater, OK 74078
  • 405.744.9413


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