Asst Professor, Extension Specialist - Forage Agronomy, Plant Sciences
University of Wyoming
Location: Laramie, Wyoming
Type: Full Time
The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Life Sciences, and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming is seeking applicants for an assistant professor, Extension Specialist position in Forage Agronomy. This is a fiscal year, tenure-track faculty position with appointments in Extension, research, and teaching.
In Wyoming, forages provide the highest economic impact of all field crops grown, with total hay production valued at 400 million dollars annually. Over 1 million acres of hay are harvested each year in Wyoming, approximately half of which is alfalfa. Abundant high quality forage production in Wyoming plays a critical role in the state's agricultural economy and beyond.
The successful candidate for this position will provide leadership in state-wide Extension integrated with a robust, relevant research program on forage crops; as well as teach an upper division course (Forage Crop Science, PLNT 4700/5700) once per year.
Develop a robust Extension program which assesses the needs of Wyoming forage producers and delivers programming, with measurable outcomes, to meet those needs.
Secure extramural funding to support an innovative and sustainable extension and research program in forage agronomy.
Teach 1 course per year
Publish in appropriate outlets for Extension and research audiences
Have a strong commitment to the land-grant university mission
This position requires the successful candidate to be available to work on-site in either Laramie or Sheridan, WY.
The Sheridan Research and Extension Center (ShREC) is a modern research facility comprised of two locations in Sheridan County with approximately 800 acres of irrigated and dryland research space and a fully-automated research greenhouse complex with over 5000 square feet of growing space. Its location adjacent to the Sheridan College campus provides direct access to colleagues and students working and studying at the 2-year community college and a platform for innovative partnerships in undergraduate and graduate research.
Nestled at the eastern foot of the Bighorn Mountains, Sheridan provides access to outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, excellent schools, and rich cultural opportunities for a town its size (population ~19,000). The relatively moderate climate (3,800 feet in elevation) in the area makes it a desirable location for new business growth and a strong ranching economy. For more information on Sheridan and surrounding areas, visit www.sheridanwyoming.org.
The University of Wyoming’s main campus is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. The state of Wyoming continues to invest in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research and outreach. The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and the community provides the advantages of a major university.
Located in a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to Colorado’s Front Range, a bustling group of metropolitan cities including Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with over 300 days of sunshine annually. For more information about the region, please visit http://visitlaramie.org/
This position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by 01/15/2024 will receive full consideration.
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Earned PhD in agronomy, crop science, or closely related field at the time of appointment. Consideration will be given to applicants who are currently pursuing their doctoral degree and will complete the degree prior to starting work.
Experience conducting research in forage agronomy or crop science
Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research and technical information to diverse groups of people, including successful engagement with the agricultural community or similar audiences.
Evidence of ability to conduct independent and collaborative research.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, at experiment stations, and in surrounding communities.
Experience with Extension, producers, and industry partners
Record of peer-reviewed publications
Demonstrated experience in forage agronomy
Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding
Experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students
Evidence of commitment to land grant mission
Cover letter that explains:
Your interest in the position
How your education and training have prepared you to successfully address the duties and responsibilities of this position
Your vision for the position
Your previous relevant experiences
Your work with diverse audiences
Current CV or resume
Names and contact information of four professional references (include name, title, address, phone, and email)
Copies of all transcripts (originals will be requested later if chosen for an on-campus interview)