The Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia (UGA) seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Extension Plant Pathology with the crop responsibility of vegetables for a 12-month, tenure-track position (85% extension and 15% instruction) to be located at the Tifton, GA campus beginning 1 January 2015 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous and innovative, nationally recognized and competitively funded program with the priority to mitigate diseases impacting the highly diverse nearly $1 billion in farm gate value vegetable production industry in Georgia. Responsibilities will include: (1) county agent training, assistance and support, (2) grower/public clientele education, (3) appropriate university-county-industry liaison, (4) interaction with other extension and research faculty with the University and USDA-ARS, (5) cooperation with other appropriate public agencies such as Georgia Department of Agriculture, US-EPA, etc., (6) preparing technology transfer materials (bulletins, circulars, leaflets, newsletters, articles and scientific writings) for training and other educational purposes. The incumbent is expected to generate new knowledge to fill voids in where needed to address important disease issues. Hence, the successful candidate is expected to be resourceful in obtaining extramural funding. Opportunities exist to work with multi-disciplinary teams to improve existing institutional efforts to develop management tools for important plant diseases. There is an explicit expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings via peer-reviewed journal papers and active participation in the instructional programs in accordance with the instructional appointment and needs of the department and college at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. Finally, the successful candidate will be expected to provide service to the department, college, university and state as his/her expertise allows.
Candidate must have a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or a related area. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Evidence of achievement in teaching is desirable. For candidates seeking the position at the rank of Assistant Professor, evidence of experience in plant disease management is preferred. Candidates seeking the position at the rank of Associate Professor must have at least 5 years of experience as an Assistant Professor or equivalent with an exemplary record of extension productivity related to disease management and instructional experience. Incumbent will be a member of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Plant Pathology faculty under the direction of the Department Head.