Last updated on July 18, 2013

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Assistant Professor
Tenure Track Faculty – 12 Month Appointment (50%Extension/50% Research)
Position Number: 103309

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) invites applications for a 12-month tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with a 50% Extension and a 50% Research appointment. The tenure home is the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

The primary responsibility of the incumbent is for Extension and research in grape and small fruit pathology and disease management in support of the Mid-Atlantic Fruit Consortium which supports the industry in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The incumbent, in order to attain tenure in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, must be able to make significant contributions to University of Maryland Extension programming for grape and small fruit pathology and to Agricultural Experiment Station research.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Extension

  • Diagnose and address acute commercial grape and small fruit disease problems that negatively impact the profitability and sustainability of the industry. Develop and disseminate to target audiences and stakeholders annual disease management recommendations and educational programming that address these disease problems using diverse and innovative techniques, including traditional printed and on-line methods.
  • Develop opportunities to participate in regional team objectives and shared educational programming with grape and small fruit Extension personnel and field faculty within the Consortium.
  • Work closely with county Extension educators and allied Extension specialists within the Consortium to plan and develop effective in-service programs to train county or regionally-based Extension staff in relevant areas of grape and small fruit disease management.
  • Report research results in university publications and websites, industry publications, and scientific journals, as appropriate.
  • Assess the outcomes (improved knowledge and/or disease management skills, etc.) and impacts (economic, environmental and/or social) resulting from Extension programming.

Research

  • Develop an extramural-funded research program to support the applied and/or basic research programs that will be conducted to solve grape and small fruit disease problems of economic importance in the region. Research programming may focus on: pathogen detection and disease diagnostics, pathogen and disease management (IPM), mechanisms of pesticide resistance, host plant genetic resistance to pathogens, sustainable disease management technologies, and organic production practices.
  • Contribute to the education and mentoring of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars.

Faculty members are expected to serve the professional community through review of publications and participation on competitive grant panels, in national and international professional meetings, and other activities. It is also expected that this individual will participate in other duties and committees as required by the department, college, and university, and interact with educational organizations representing commercial horticulture in the state and region.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Required

  • The incumbent must have a Ph.D. in Life Sciences.

Preferred

  • Expertise in plant disease management, pathogen ecology and epidemiology, or host plant resistance is preferred.
  • A strong background in grape and small fruit pathology, excellent communication and outreach teaching skills, and some experience in web-based Extension programming are desired.

SALARY/BENEFITS:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

APPLICATIONS:
Candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu. Please attach the following:

  • A letter of application clearly indicating qualifications and goals for scholarship and teaching
  • A complete signed CV
  • Transcripts (copy acceptable for application process)
  • Contact information of three (3) professional references
  • Vision Statement – should briefly describe the applicant’s understanding of the role of a Grape and Small Fruit Extension Pathologist with regards to research and Extension programming and the integration of the two within a land grant university.

Questions may be sent to Dr. Robert Kratochvil, Faculty Search Committee Chair (email: rkratoch@umd.edu)

Closing Date: Review of application materials will begin September 1, 2013. The position is open until filled.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.