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.
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.
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.
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