Assistant Professor (Extension Soil Water Quality Scientist)

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR, US

Department Crop/Soil Sci Extension (ACS)
Position Title Assistant Professor
Job Title Assistant Professor – Extension Soil Water Quality Scientist
Appointment Type Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job Location Corvallis
Position Appointment Percent 100
Appointment Basis 9
Faculty Status Regular
Tenure Status Tenure Track (Annual)
Pay Method Salary
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Position Summary

The Department of Crop & Soil Science (CSS) invites applications for a a full time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position.

This position is with the Soil Water Quality science in the at Oregon State University (OSU). The position will be housed at the Corvallis campus, and tenure will be granted in the Department of Crop and Soil Science.

This position carries the general and specific responsibilities of a faculty member described in the Faculty Handbook and the promotion and tenure guidelines of Oregon State University. These include effective research and extension programs, demonstrable scholarship and creative activity, service contributions, and active professional development. The incumbent will 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 and tenure dossiers.

This position contributes to the missions of Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station, Extension Service, and the College of Agricultural Sciences. This position, as part of a cluster hire of three positions at OSU addressing water supply and quality, will focus on addressing critical water quality issues in the state by providing innovative solutions to current water quality problems in managed and natural systems.

The incumbent will develop a nationally recognized extension and applied research program with measurable impacts, to assist agricultural producers in sustaining or enhancing crop productivity while maintaining or increasing surface and groundwater quality associated with surface and soil processes.

The incumbent will develop an Extension water quality program that meets clientele needs, and advances water quality management technologies across the agricultural landscape. Critical outcomes will be: The development of ongoing public-private partnerships that address critical water quality needs; enhanced capability of farmers and agricultural professionals to address site-specific water quality issues; enhanced visibility and involvement of OSU faculty in agricultural water quality issues; and inclusion of diverse and under-served communities, such as Native American or Latino populations. It is expected that water quality issues will evolve over time. Focus issues may include nutrient and pest management, efficient water use, control of soil erosion, and maintenance of stream buffer corridors, etc.

The incumbent is expected to work closely with OSU faculty and growers in developing and conducting applied research that is novel and relevant to state-wide clientele needs; and development and participation in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple extension state teams and outside institutions. The successful candidate will need to interact with state and federal environmental regulatory agencies, growers and landowners outside the urban areas. Active and effective communication with faculty, staff and stakeholders is critical to the success of this position.

In addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations, the incumbent is expected to develop original, research based content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps and electronic publications. These programs will be delivered to county agents, growers, landowners, consultants and agribusiness personnel. The incumbent will work with state and county faculty by providing information, educational materials, training and workshops to diverse stakeholders.

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

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, 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.

Position Duties

100% Extension related appointment with an expectation for scholarly accomplishment appropriate to the position responsibilities.

20% Research
•Collaborate with on-campus colleagues and with colleagues at other institutions in research projects that have an extension component relevant to your program.

•Participate in new, innovative applied research of specific need and clientele interest in the management of soil water quality in cooperation with research and extension faculty, the agricultural industry, public agencies and colleagues in the Pacific Northwest. Conduct original, innovative research in the area of soil water quality with a focus on best management practices and whole-system strategies that will improve profitability of commercial crops while striving for improved environmental sustainability.

•Stay current with and interpret scientific advances, technological and industry developments, and trends at state, regional, national and international levels. Test these developments under Oregon cropping and climatic conditions. Integrate and summarize key research and regulatory information for audiences, including growers, private industry, municipality, regulators and the general public.

60% Teaching, Outreach and Other Activities
Integrate and summarize key research and regulatory information associated with soil water quality for audiences, including county faculty, growers, regulators and the general public.

•Develop and maintain working relationship with Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), US EPA and other regulatory agencies relevant to soil water quality.

•Develop and maintain working relationships with research/extension counterparts in Oregon and other states.

•Work cooperatively with extension and research personnel, other governmental agencies, grower groups in team efforts to develop and provide research-based educational programs.

•Assist producers and rural landowners with appropriate information to ensure that they have the necessary tools to maintain a healthy watershed while maintaining an economically viable operation.

•Respond to routine correspondence (phone, email, etc.) related to soil water quality. Use multiple methods of electronic communication to collaborate internally and externally as appropriate.

•Successfully utilize technology as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery.

•Develop an annual plan-of-work addressing educational needs, and evaluate the quality and impact of educational programs provided to audiences as appropriate.

•Provide statewide opinion leaders and decision makers the technical information necessary for making forward-looking decisions.

•Although stationed at the Corvallis campus, incumbent is expected to participate and deliver programs across the state.

15% Scholarship

•Scholarship is creative, intellectual work that is both validated by peers and communicated. Emphasis in scholarship should be placed on outcomes that recognize activities 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 the types shown below, but may change as our communications world changes. Other types of scholarship may fit these durability and findable criteria. To achieve promotion there must be an ongoing record verifying that these types of scholarship are being performed, although each does not need to be present every year of record. Documentation must be provided that shows these scholarly outputs have had an impact.

•Publications in peer-reviewed journals, which should encompass description and evaluation of novel community-based research applications, program development and innovation, outcomes of innovative programs and/or services and case reports.
Authorship of local or regional extension publications, practice publications, book chapters, other educational materials and electronic information delivery media. All publications must be peer reviewed before dissemination or if there is evidence of its adoption and use by peers.

•Collaborate with on-campus colleagues and colleagues at other institutions in obtaining external funds to support germane research and extension programs.

5% Service

•The incumbent is expected to advance their professional discipline through service to professional organizations.

•Serve the university and general public by providing timely science-based information to the public including through popular and trade publications and the news media.

•Assume departmental duties as assigned by the CSS Department Head. Participate in university and college service in consultation with the Department Head.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

•PhD in soil or water science or closely related field with disciplinary expertise in soil water quality by employment start-date.

•Experience in soil water quality research associated to agricultural systems.

•Scholarship in the field of water quality associated with agricultural issues.

•Demonstrated potential to obtain extramural funding for program operations, development and enhancement.

•Experience developing and leading education and outreach programs, and development of educational resources used in these programs.

•Excellent teaching, written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

•Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to manage competing time demands.

•Demonstrated success both working in teams and leading teams.

•Experience using multiple forms of electronic communication, including websites and social media.

•Ability to develop and deliver educational materials to a diverse audience.

•Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.

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 Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OAR 125-155-0200) as per OAR 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

•Demonstrated experience in development and management of a successful field-based research program.

•Demonstrated experience in agricultural production.

•Experience in agricultural water management.

•Experience in the Land Grant University System.

•Demonstrated experience using multiple forms of electronic communication.

•Demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.

•Experience working in multidisciplinary teams.

•Demonstrated proficiency in watershed science, particularly with geographic/mapping capabilities.

•“Record of/commitment to work with underrepresented/underserved students or other audiences.”

•Life experience, education, and/or training that broaden capacity to equalize student success or impact underserved audiences.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Work duties may include occasional evenings and weekends.

This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No