This is a part-time (.7 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term (annual reappointment) Assistant Professor of Practice position located in the Josephine County Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Office in Grants Pass. Its academic home is in Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Active contributions to scholarship are required (see the scholarship duties section, below, for details). The position may, at the option of the incumbent, be increased in FTE (up to full-time) through grants, program fees, and/or other generated revenues.
OSU Extension Service seeks an innovative professional to provide non-formal education and research-based assistance for small-scale commercial agriculture producers and general horticultural/gardening assistance to homeowners and communities, and to lead volunteer efforts promoting sustainable gardening practices in Josephine County. Persons with strong agricultural education backgrounds and a passion for working collaboratively with volunteers are encouraged to apply.
As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world. This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for needs assessment and Extension program development, delivery, and evaluation.
This faculty member develops and conducts educational programs in topic areas relevant to small-scale commercial and community agriculture, with emphasis on diversified vegetable, orchard, and seed crops. The individual will work collaboratively with area agricultural producers, agriculture and natural resource agencies, and OSU faculty to plan, organize, deliver and evaluate educational programs and provide farm-related problem-solving services. Service to Illinois Valley residents is expected, in addition to broader countywide efforts.
This position provides leadership for the Josephine County Master Gardener volunteer program. In this role the faculty member oversees volunteer recruitment, training and retention; organizes volunteer middle managers; and collaborates with the local Master Gardener Association. The incumbent is also expected to develop community horticulture classes for the general public, for delivery personally or through volunteers or other collaborators.
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.
Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position.
This position will require traveling.
College of Agricultural Sciences faculty members 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.
Oregon State University and 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.
Requires Master’s or terminal degree and experience in the academic discipline/unit.
Master’s degree with academic studies directly related to horticultural crop production or a closely related field. Degree must be completed by application date.
Demonstrated teaching and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and evidence of good time management and priority-setting skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in the English language, including both written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team member.
Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management.
Demonstrable ability to lead/supervise volunteers.
Effective working knowledge of computers, including proficiency with e-mail and internet media.
Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Pesticide Applicators’ Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.
Demonstrable ability to use mass and/or social media for education and/or promotion of programs/services.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
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 University Policy 05-030. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.
Must obtain and maintain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consulting License.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
Ability to Lift/Carry/Push field and office equipment and materials up to 40 lbs.
Travel is required.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Education and Experience
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