The College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Agronomy. This is a full-time, 9-month position, with an anticipated start date of August 20, 2024. The University of Wisconsin System has a nationally top ranked retirement plan and a comprehensive benefits package.
Engagement in teaching and advising undergraduate students as well as leadership in our agronomy program. Teaching responsibilities include beginning and advanced agronomy courses, such as Seed and Grain Crops, Forage Crops, Weed Science, Precision Agriculture, Crop Production and Agroecology, not to exceed 12 credit hours per semester. Opportunities for guaranteed funding for summer salary to pursue research and/or outreach activities exist through the Dairy Innovation Hub (https://dairyinnovationhub.wisc.edu/). Additional responsibilities include participation in professional and scholarly activities, mentoring student organizations including the collegiate crops team and agronomy club, and working with state organizations, producers, and agronomic professionals.
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
- Master’s degree in Agronomy, Agroecology, Weed Science, Crop Science with a minimum of 3 years of experience in teaching, research, industry experience, and/or extension-related services in Agronomy or Agroecology OR Ph.D. in Agronomy, Agroecology, Weed Science, Crop Science with a minimum of 1 year of experience in teaching, research, industry experience, and/or extension-related services in Agronomy or Agroecology.
- A valid U.S. driver’s license is required
- Candidates should have a broad background in agronomy of field and forage crops of the North-central U.S.
- Demonstrated experience in teaching and research, enthusiasm for professional engagement with students in a variety of settings, and the ability to develop and deliver effective presentations and experiential learning activities are required.
- A positive attitude and demonstrated ability to work with others.
- A strong commitment to undergraduate education and teaching excellence
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
The School of Agriculture (SOA) is part of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. The SOA has over 550 undergraduate students, and 30 faculty and staff. A 430-acre farm is available for teaching, demonstration, and systems-based research. The SOA offers seven majors, such as agricultural education, agribusiness, animal science, dairy science, ecological restoration and resource management, environmental horticulture, and soil and crop science.
In the School of Agriculture, we value “learning by doing”, engaging students in hands-on projects, undergraduate research projects, and through employment at the campus farm, laboratories, greenhouse and within our student-run businesses. Our soil and crop science graduates enjoy nearly 100% job placement. Our programs offer outstanding leadership and experiential learning opportunities such as service learning, undergraduate student research, faculty-led international study experiences, and internships within agricultural industry and government. We have 25 student organizations and competitive judging teams that will help enrich a student's college experience. We recognize that participation in extra-curricular activities encourages learning beyond the classroom and helps to develop and hone leadership skills, build lasting relationships, and improve students' ability to compete for professional career positions. See: https://www.uwplatt.edu/department/school-agriculture and https://www.uwplatt.edu/department/pioneer-farm
Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, applications are due by January 15, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
How to Apply:
The following documents are required for application consideration:
- Letter of application demonstrating how they meet all qualifications
- Current resume including work experience
- Separate philosophy of teaching and learning statement (maximum one page)
- Statement of research (describing current and future research interests) and/or outreach goals (maximum three pages)
- University transcripts
- Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
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Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.