The Department of Plant
Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University and Texas Tech
University are seeking an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist to be located
at the Texas A&M Research/Extension Center in Lubbock, TX. This is a
12-month, non-tenure track appointment comprised of 75% extension for Texas
A&M and 25% teaching in the Department of Plant and Soil Science and
Texas Tech. The successful candidate will lead and coordinate extension
education in plant disease management for the Texas high and rolling plains,
teach an undergraduate and graduate level Plant Pathology class at Texas Tech
University, and serve as mentor to graduate students. Active interaction with
growers, commodity groups and other agricultural professionals is a major
focus. The successful applicant will
focus on disease management issues primarily in cotton, peanuts and other
crops important in the Texas panhandle using innovative cost effective
strategies, including new fungicides or fungicide combinations, variety
testing, and cultural practices. The
faculty member will be responsive to the educational and applied research
needs of commodity groups in the Texas panhandle. The position will work
closely with other researchers and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Specialists to identify plant pathogens that may cause new disease problems
in the state, such as FOV4. The position will participate in the cotton-breeding
program at Lubbock. Effective Extension educational programs and materials
including applied field research, demonstrations, publications, workshops,
conferences, electronic creations, and mass media techniques will be
developed. Information generated will be used to develop a distinguished
publication record in peer reviewed scientific journals. It is expected that
external funding will be generated to support applied research. This position
requires extensive interaction with clientele through one-on-one contacts,
site visits, and timely communication via phone, text and e-mail.
This position is supervised by the Head and the Associate Head for Extension in Plant Pathology and Microbiology. The candidate will supervise staff, students, postdoctoral research associates, and other employees as appropriate.
A Ph.D. in plant pathology is required, with an understanding of extension. The ability to work independently and collaboratively is required. Excellent written, oral and communication skills are required.
Employment is contingent upon verification of agency required information, including a criminal history check. Finalists may be required to furnish proof of their terminal degree. Texas law requires all males 18-25 show proof of compliance with federal Selective Service law to be eligible for employment.
Applications must be submitted at (Job #R-012778).
Application materials include cover letter, curriculum vita, transcripts. Please have three reference letters sent directly to Dr. Leland (Sandy) Pierson, Department Head, Texas A&M University 2132 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2132 or emailed to . Questions concerning the position may be referred to Dr. Pierson.
Texas A&M University System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.