Assistant Professor (Practice)

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR, USA 🇺🇸

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DepartmentSea Grant Extension (RSG)
Position TitleAssistant Professor (Practice)
Job TitleAssistant Professor (Practice)
Appointment TypeAcademic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job LocationMyrtle Point
Position Appointment Percent100
Appointment Basis12
Faculty StatusRegular
Tenure StatusFixed-Term
Pay MethodSalary
Pay Period1st through the last day of the month
Pay DateLast working day of the month
Recommended Full-Time Salary RangeSalary to Commensurate with Education, Training and Skills
Position SummaryThe Division of Extension and Engagement and Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor (Practice) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Regional Director.The Division of Extension and Engagement and Oregon Sea Grant seek applications for a fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice position with a focus on emerging South to Mid- Oregon Coast issues related to water supply, surface and groundwater quality, and community access to clean water. This Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator position will be based at the Oregon State University Extension Service office in Coos County, Oregon. This Assistant Professor of Practice—Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator position contributes to the missions of the OSU Extension ServiceOregon Sea Grant, and Oregon State University. The programmatic home for this position is Oregon Sea Grant’s Extension program with OSU Extension Service. The university academic home will be determined within one year of the start date, based on the candidate’s background education and research program direction. This position is fully funded through Oregon Sea Grant for the first 24 months at 1.0FTE. Thereafter, Oregon Sea Grant will fund the position at 0.75FTE with the remaining 0.25FTE funding contingent on securing extramural funding. This is a ranked position with promotional opportunities.Water-related issues are one of the highest statewide priorities and the most requested educational services from Extension by elected and community stakeholders. Underserved communities are disproportionately bearing the costs and impact of underinvestment in the development, management, and protection of water resources, and related education and services at the local level. This position will help address these educational and applied research needs while fostering relationships and seeking opportunities that bring more services and assistance to Oregon’s southern and mid coast communities.The purpose of this Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator position is to develop Extension education and applied research programming on water resources, practices that improve the resilience of water resource systems for the South to Mid-Coast Oregon communities. The incumbent will incorporate community needs assessments, network building, reviews of current knowledge, available resources, and emerging opportunities into water resources extension education program development, delivery, and evaluation. Programming will assist communities in understanding emerging coastal water issues and their connections to water resource quantity, quality, and trends; factors affecting access to reliable water supplies; how freshwater resources are managed, protected, and interact with the marine environment; and practices to improve current and future conditions. The Oregon Water Vision and Oregon Mid-Coast Integrated Water Management and Implementation Actions provide examples to some of the Coastal Oregon water resources issues.Programming would likely engage people and communities to better understand the connections of coastal seasonal water availability (e.g., water scarcity, flooding and needed environmental flows to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems to climate change, human development, ecological health, community water conservation actions, policies, incentives and trade-offs that can improve water supply, land use and water management practices. Specific examples may could include developing education programs that lead to improving the reliability of home and community water delivery systems, sewage/septic treatment, practices to minimize water contamination and adapting green infrastructure and low-impact land development to protect and improve water quality. The incumbent may also consider incorporating citizen science-based weather, water quantity and quality data monitoring to engage communities in learning and sharing about water resources in their communities. It is anticipated the incumbent will collaborate on synergistic Extension program development and evaluation with Extension colleagues, agencies, watershed councils and the Tribes with ties to the southern and mid-coast of Oregon on the intersection of water with fire management, other coastal hazard considerations, resource development and management and human development.The assistant professor of practice can develop education programs that engage communities in understanding how emerging developments, processes and solutions can impact water resources for south coast to mid-coast communities. Examples include state cooperative resource conservation management agreements with the Tribes with ties to the southern and mid-coast of Oregon dam removals on the Rogue, Klamath, and other coastal rivers, flows necessary to maintain ecological needs of freshwater and estuarine species, coastal hazards associated with climate change (e.g., harmful algal blooms (HABs), saltwater inundation of fresh water, ocean acidification, beach closures due to contaminated waters), legacy and contaminants of emerging concern and the development of marine renewable energy. Such topics will become even more critical to stakeholders with regional climatic variation and other climate exacerbated change.Active and effective communication, engagement, and collaboration with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will travel to and from meetings throughout the state, with occasional out-of-state travel for projects and training.About the division:The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our Division’s website.Oregon Sea Grant, based at Oregon State University since 1971, is one of 34 Sea Grant College Programs established by Congress as a partnership between universities and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Through research, Extension and education, Oregon Sea Grant sparks discovery, understanding, and collaboration to foster healthy, inclusive, and resilient coastal communities and ecosystems. Oregon Sea Grant funds research projects, manages fellowships and internships, and implements Extension and education programs to help coastal communities address timely issues. Oregon Sea grant also operates a public marine science Visitors Center and K-12 educational programs at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Oregon Sea Grant funds research at Oregon colleges and universities, including Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University and Oregon Health and Science University. In partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service, Oregon Sea Grant helps Oregonians prepare for natural disasters, address development issues, learn about fisheries and aquaculture, engage in outdoor tourism, guard against aquatic invasive species, and keep waterways clean. Oregon Sea Grant engages with the public through social media, workshops, publications, videos, conferences and trainings. Please visit our Oregon Sea Grant website.Commitment to inclusive excellence:Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.Visit the OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website for more information on our commitment.Summary of Benefits calculate our Total Rewards Package use this link:
Position DutiesThis faculty member embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed. This individual ensures that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically or currently are marginalized/excluded from participation. Our program objective is to create opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and these activities will be included in the annual plan of work, impact statements, and summary of accomplishments/achievements.80% – Extension Teaching, Advising, and OutreachConduct outreach education to individuals and organizations that explains the application of research-based knowledge for improving water resource assessments, monitoring, and management resulting in increased water supply for public and private use, access to safe drinking water, and water quality of surface water, groundwater, estuarine and coastal environments for associated beneficial uses, such as domestic, recreation, agriculture, and aquatic life. These educational outreach efforts will require travel to south and mid-coast communities and to other parts of the state, on occasion, for building collaborative relationships and seeking assistance.Network and communicate with appropriate end-users, managers, scientists, community members and appropriate community organizations to identify priority water issues and associated technical and educational needs to develop and deliver comprehensive education programs and resources that increase knowledge, aspirations, skills, and behavior changes to improve the health, supply, and sustainable management of water resources.Build relationships with Tribes and underserved populations to identify needs and deliver Extension programming that improve equity in water resource supply, quality, access, management and related services. Encourage community-based organizations to tackle contentious water issues by providing opportunities for members to develop facilitation, communication, conflict resolution, and leadership skills that help them successfully resolve and continually work through these challenges.Seek public and private financial support (e.g., grants, contracts, fees, donations) for developing, delivering, and/or evaluating educational programs and services, and conducting applied research, consistent with this position, clientele needs, and university operations.Collaborate with Extension faculty towards enhancing community water resilience preparedness for coastal hazards, wildfire, earthquakes, and other emergencies relative to the coastal region.Evaluate teaching performance using approved citizen evaluation of teaching forms and develop Extension program evaluations to measure and document participant, economic, social, and environmental impacts.Maintain professional competency and seek professional development experiences to ensure accurate and pertinent program offerings, effective teaching and delivery methods, and professional and personal growth.Use appropriate and effective methods of communication to promote programs and market OSU, Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant.Keep records and provide necessary reports to Regional Director, the Division’s Administration, Oregon Sea Grant and the incumbent’s university academic home, including plans of work, narrative reports, statistical reports, and reports of accomplishment. Track and report information necessary for federal civil rights compliance10% – Scholarly OutcomesAssigned duties for this position are expected to result in scholarly outcomes. Scholarly and creative work is intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers and that is communicated. Emphasis in scholarship should be placed on outcomes that recognize activities as a professional practitioner in community settings as defined in this position description. To achieve promotion, scholarship for this position must include peer-reviewed materials that are understandable (demonstrated through evaluation of increased awareness and knowledge) and findable in the web environment.These are typically of the three types shown below but as our communication worlds change, other types of scholarship may fit these understandable and findable criteria:Authorship of extension publications, local or regional “practice” publications, book chapters, blogs, ArcGIS StoryMaps, other educational materials, and electronic information delivery media if it is either peer-reviewed before dissemination or if there is evidence of its adoption and use by peers.Publications in peer-reviewed journals which might encompass description and evaluation of novel community-based professional practice or research application, program development and innovation, outcomes of innovative programs and/or services, definitive professional practice reviews, or case reports among others.Presentations and leadership in topical and professional development sessions at national/international professional societies.To achieve promotion, there must be an on-going record of these types of scholarship, though each does not need to be present in every year of record. Documentation must also be provided that shows these scholarly outputs have had quantifiable impact.These relevant, web-findable materials may be augmented by other forms of peer validation such as the following: invited presentations, poster and podium presentations, and published abstracts and/or proceedings at state, regional, and national levels, if evidence of peer validation is provided.Documented impact due to local or regional adoption of improved practices, methods, or programs.Secured competitive grants and contracts appropriate for the scope and focus of the faculty member’s position.Named inventor of protected intellectual property in the faculty member’s field.Recognition as a professional practitioner in community settings as demonstrated byHonorary degreesAwards recognizing community, professional, and/or scientific achievementsFellowships in national professional, and/or scientific organizationsRequests to serve as a technical advisor to government agencies, industry, or professional groupsFor more information on the scholarly outcome expectations for this position, please refer to the “Guidelines for Professor of Practice Appointments and Promotion” contained in the OSU Faculty Handbook.Diversity and inclusivity are of great importance to both OSU’s mission and the success of this position. Best practices to ensure an inclusive scholarship include:Including diverse perspectives on the research team, particularly among co-principal investigators.Emphasizing diversity to address broadening participation in grant proposals.Writing articles and books that address issues of diversity/social justice.Presenting conference papers on issues of diversity/social justice.Increasing the diversity of students who serve as research assistants.5% – Organizational AccountabilityUtilize technology as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask Extension.Use multiple methods of electronic communication (i.e., web sites, publications, video conferencing and other online methods) to collaborate internally and externally as appropriate.Implement fee-based programming and cost-recovery practices, develop partnerships, and solicit external funding to support and enhance educational programs as appropriate.Organize and maintain program advisory and management committees or networks to identify program needs, make recommendations, assist in program implementation, and evaluate program effectiveness.Develop an annual plan of work addressing educational needs as well as evaluate the quality and impact of educational programs provided to audiences as appropriate.Provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision makers with the context and understanding of how your program work relates to overall Extension programming output.Pursue engagement opportunities that may include, but are not limited to the creation of internal and external partnerships; identification of community and educational needs; etc.Participate in leadership training opportunities that builds expertise around equity, inclusion, and diversity.Contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of teaching, educational delivery, advising, research, Extension, service, and/or scholarly outcomes. Outputs and impacts of efforts to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity should be included in promotion dossiers.Ensure outreach activities and educational programs serve a wide range of populations, including those that have been historically minoritized/excluded from participation.Seek relevant professional experiences to develop and maintain competency in the program subject matter and to identify effective methods for teaching and program delivery and evaluation.5% – ServiceServe as an effective team member in the office and the assigned Region.Serve on University, College, Department, and Extension Committees as appropriate.Maintain professional relationships with faculty in the Sea Grant Extension ProgramServe on state, regional, local, and national advisory committees appropriate to position responsibilities and participate in professional organization activities.Collaborate and liaise with the Regional Director of Extension and Oregon Sea Grant Outreach and Engagement Leader.Maintain active membership and participation in appropriate professional organizations.Contribute to a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.The faculty member is encouraged to participate in community service.
Minimum/Required QualificationsMaster’s degree in water resources engineering, science, and/or policy, hydrology, geology/geosciences, environmental science, natural resource management, or closely related field with emphasis on water resources, water quality, or water/watershed management. Degree must be completed by the time of contract start date.Demonstrated experience researching, designing, and delivering presentations and educational events (e.g., short courses, workshops, seminars) to diverse groups.Demonstrated experience with or potential for securing external funding support.General ability to use computers, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.Demonstrable commitment to promote and enhance diversity.Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing across diverse audiences.Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.Ability to work as a team member.This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess, and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.
Preferred (Special) QualificationsExperience designing and facilitating meetings, workshops, and other collaborative learning events.Experience developing community capacity and leadership skills. May include collaborative learning, strategic planning, facilitation, consensus decision-making, conflict resolution, and effective meeting management.Demonstrated commitment to work with historically marginalized populations.Demonstrated life experience, education, and/or training that broaden capacity to equalize the success or impact on underserved audiences.Ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.Ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery.Ability to interpret the findings of scholarly scientific research, communicate relevant findings to diverse local audiences, engage clientele in understanding the local impacts of that research,Enable to stakeholders identify alternative choices of action.Program evaluation.Multilingual.
Working Conditions / Work SchedulePosition requires regional travel to provided educational programs and services throughout the southern coastal region.Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.Position may occasionally work near or over water.
This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities.No

Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberP06302UF
Number of Vacancies1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date04/17/2023
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date12/09/2022
Full Consideration Date02/09/2022
Closing Date03/09/2023
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this searchCompetitive / External – open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to ApplicantsTo ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 9, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:1) Curriculum Vitae/Resume: Finalists will be required to give an open presentation which may include the distribution of their redacted curriculum vitae/resume and a short biography2) A cover letter that addresses each required qualification, specifically how the candidate’s experiences, qualifications, problem solving and approaches to engaging stakeholders prepares them for this position.3) Diversity Statement: After reviewing the OSU mission statement at and the emphasis on diversity, please state how your background and experience has prepared you to be effective in an environment that values diversity.4. Must meet minimum degree qualification by the start date.You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.For additional information please contact:
Sam Chan at Samuel.Chan@OregonState.eduOSU is committed to the health of our local and global community. All employees and students are required to comply with the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Please visit for additional information about OSU’s plans for safety and success, as well as options for compliance with the vaccination program.OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.• The anticipated starting salary will be $70,008 – $74,004.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.

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