Assistant Professor (Practice)

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR, US

Department Crop/Soil Extn Field Fac (ACS)
Position Title Assistant Professor (Practice)
Job Title Assistant Professor (Practice)
Appointment Type Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job Location Klamath Falls
Position Appointment Percent 100
Appointment Basis 12
Faculty Status Regular
Tenure Status Fixed-Term
Pay Method Salary
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range Commensurate with Education and Experience
Position Summary

The College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension Service at Oregon State University (OSU) invite applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor of Practice position. This position will be located in Klamath Falls. Reappointments are at the discretion of the Regional Administrator, Department Head, and Program Leader.

This Assistant Professor of Practice position will serve the Klamath Basin region in addressing irrigation and water management issues. The academic home for this position will be the Department of Crop and Soil Science or Biological/Ecological Engineering, in the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU.

This faculty member will work with diverse audiences including tribal members, federally recognized ethnic groups, elected officials, regulatory agencies, producers, local, state and national agencies and organizations as well as the general public to develop water management strategies that meet landowner needs.

Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.

Travel is required. Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position and access to wireless services may be necessary.

The overall mission of the Extension Agriculture Program is to deliver research-based, objective, informal education to help Oregonians solve problems, develop leadership, and manage resources wisely. As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. The College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academics, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.

Oregon State University and the OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that these commitments are achieved. In addition, all faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.

Position Duties

75% -Teaching, Research, Advising and Other Assignments:

Initiate and develop an extensive extension program in irrigation and water management for both crop and livestock producers in the Klamath and similar agro ecological regions in southern Oregon.

Assist community groups with issues related to water quantity, water quality, irrigation, and water management.

Respond to routine phone, correspondence and walk in questions related to all aspects of field crop irrigation, water management, climate change and watershed management.

Work collaboratively with Oregon State University field personnel, partners, government and elected Officials, and the public in drafting water use policy for agricultural production in the Klamath region.

Be an active member of field crops and watershed working groups and other Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) activities and organizations working on water related issues.

Assist with generating educational resources in support of new program development and program enhancement. Build relationships within and outside of OSU and link the University’s expertise and experience with critical water related production issues and needs.

Assist Klamath region producers and land owners with appropriate information to ensure that they have the necessary tools to maintain healthy watersheds while maintaining an economically viable operation.

Determine program needs and priorities through use of local advisory groups, watershed councils and local leaders on an individual or watershed/climatic zone basis.

Secure outside funding for applied research activities that meet local clientele needs.

Report outcomes of educational programs and activities to administrators, clients and other funding sources.

Keep records and provide necessary reports to Extension Administration, academic and budgetary units, and College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) including annual goals, plans of work, reports of accomplishment, and statistical reports.

10% – 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 by the incumbent’s position description.

To achieve promotion, scholarship for this position must include peer reviewed materials that are durable and findable in the web environment. These are typically of the two types shown below but as our communication worlds change, other types of scholarship may fit these durability and findable criteria:

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.

Authorship of extension publications, local or regional “practice” publications, book chapters, 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.

To achieve promotion, there must be an on-going record that both of these types of scholarship are being done 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 impact.

These durable, 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, provided that 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 a protected intellectual property in the faculty member’s field.

Recognition as a professional practitioner in community settings as demonstrated by:

Honorary degrees

Awards recognizing community, professional and/or scientific achievements
Fellowships in national professional and/or scientific organizations

Requests to serve as a technical advisor to government agencies, industry, or professional groups.

For 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.

5% – Leadwork and supervision:

Assist with directing Faculty Research Assistants/temporary/seasonal employees/student interns, including planning, assigning, and approving work.

Supervise undergraduate and/or graduate student employees (1 or 2) in support of research activities; including planning work, assigning work, approving work, hiring/firing (or effectively recommend); preparing evaluations.

5% – Organizational Accountability:

Use technology successfully as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask-an-Expert.

Use multiple methods of electronic communication and social media (e.g. web sites, publications, video conferencing and other on-line 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 evaluation of 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.

Link your program level output with the overall OSU Extension and University brand in all opportunities. Provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision makers the understanding and context on how your program level Extension work relates to overall Extension programming output. Annually provide impact statement reports adhering to Extension criteria.

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.

5% – Service:

Participate in professional activities and serve on University, College, Extension, and Community committees as appropriate.

Market Extension programs locally, statewide, and nationally.

Promote Oregon State University as a statewide institution of higher learning.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

Master degree in Irrigation Science or Hydrology & Water Resources Management or a closely related field. Degree must be completed by date of application.

Demonstrated teaching and applied research experience relating to surface water and ground water irrigation systems.

Demonstrated knowledge of irrigated and non-irrigated cropping systems and water use efficiency.

Demonstrated written and oral communication skills including the effective use of mass media.

Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.

Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program and office management.

General knowledge of computers, including proficiency with information technology.

Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and evidence of good time management skills.

Demonstrated life experience, education, and/or training that broaden capacity to equalize the success or impact on underserved audiences.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.

Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon pesticide applicators’ consultant license within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.

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. 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 OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

Ph.D in Irrigation Science or Hydrology & Water Management or a closely related field.

Research and Extension and/or related educational experience.

Bi-lingual and bi-cultural (English and Spanish).

Demonstrated ability to build collaborative programs and partnerships.

Demonstrated ability to secure external funding support for educational and research programs.

Experience in conducting applied research at the community level.

Knowledge and working understanding of and commitment to the basic philosophy of Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Land Grant University system.

Experience with programmatic issues including, but not limited to affirmative action, equal opportunity, civil rights and civil rights reviews, and risk/safety management.

Demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.

Demonstrated experience using multiple forms of electronic communication.

Demonstrated ability to understand the role of program advisory committees.

Demonstrated commitment to work with underrepresented/underserved audiences.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.

Travel Required.

Working outdoors, nights and weekends as needed, on uneven terrain.

Knowledge and use of an array of powered research equipment including tractors, implements, and irrigation systems.

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 Number P00927UF
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 04/01/2017
Posting Date 12/07/2016
Closing Date 01/19/2017
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External – open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. The Cover Letter must speak to each required qualification.

3) Provide names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three (3) professional references. These may be included within your resume/vita or attached as a separate document (Other Document 1).

For additional information please contact:
William Riggs at [email protected]

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.

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. 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 OSU STANDARD 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED