The Extension Service Josephine County Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Assistant Professor of Practice position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.
This fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice position is based at the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Josephine County Office in Grants Pass, Oregon. The academic home of the position is the OSU Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. This position reports to the Regional Director assigned to the Southern region in which the position is based. Decisions regarding performance and reappointment are made in consultation with the supervision team which includes the Extension Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program Leader. Active contributions to scholarship are required (see the scholarship duties section, below, for details).
As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and 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, Extension program development, delivery, and evaluation, and for conducting and publishing applied research to support Extension activities.
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 faculty member 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 faculty member 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 including online and hybrid classes, 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 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.
Commitment to inclusive excellence: Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, all faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.
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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/or informal instruction experience related to the responsibilities of this position.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated evidence of good time management and priority-setting skills.
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills including the effective use of electronic (traditional and web-based) and printed media.
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 management and lead a volunteer program and to supervise volunteers.
General ability to use common computers, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.
Ability to use mass and/or social media for education and/or promotion of programs/services.
Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain throughout employment in this position.
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.
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 et seq.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends. Ability to transport (lift/carry/push) field and office equipment and materials up to 40 lbs. Travel is required.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education, training and experience
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