Last updated on July 23, 2013

California State University, Fresno
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Department of Viticulture and Enology
Vacancy # 12034

Winegrape Production Assistant Professor – Viticulture and Enology

California State University, Fresno is a learning-centered University. We believe learning thrives when a strong and active commitment to diversity is shared by all. This is because learning can only take place in a climate where differing points of view are welcome, and diversity of all kinds is valued by everyone.

  • Fresno State has been recognized by the Federal government as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).
  • Fresno State has been recognized in the Community Engagement classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University’s Probationary Plan Process.
  • Available for Academic Year: 2013/2014.
  • Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.
  • Instructional Level: Undergraduate and Graduate.

Position Characteristics: The position emphasizes wine grape production and vineyard management. Candidates with an interest in plant physiology, and cultural practices applicable to vineyard conditions in the San Joaquin Valley are preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach (usually 50% teaching dependent upon department needs) in the areas of general viticulture in close cooperation with the campus faculty and industry stakeholders. The successful candidate will be expected to advise students, supervise student research projects, and engage in a rigorous scientific research agenda. Research is to be supported through grants and contracts and involve collaboration with other research scientists to disseminate research results. Close interaction and cooperation with the grape industries is also expected. Initially, the successful candidate will be given a twelve-month assignment. Willingness and ability to work in collaborative multidisciplinary teams and to complete tasks on time are essential characteristics of the person filling this position. Specific assignments will depend on department needs. The successful candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance education mode and will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced and/or web-based instruction. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the department, college and university, as well as with grape and wine industry representatives.

Academic Preparation: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Botany, Plant Science, Plant Physiology, Horticultural Science, Pomology or related discipline is required for appointment to a tenure track position. Postdoctoral experience preferred. Qualifying degrees must be from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.

Teaching Or Other Experience: Candidates with experience in wine grape production and the ability to communicate in Spanish are preferred. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence and scholarly activity at the university level. A record of writing grant proposals and attracting external funding is desirable. All candidates must demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The University is committed to promoting the success of all, and to reducing the barriers to success related to differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and more. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. For additional information on the University’s commitment to diversity visit:

Other Requirements: This position may require the satisfactory completion of a background check. This may include, submitting fingerprints to the LiveScan Print Services, and evidence of degree(s) and/or certification(s) at or prior to the appointment. California State University, Fresno publishes an Annual Safety and Security/Fire Safety Report in October. This report is provided in compliance with the 1998 Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, and California Education Code section 67380. The report includes three calendar years of select campus crime statistics and it includes security policies and procedures for the campus. Applicants, students, and employees can obtain a copy of this report from the web site: or by contacting the Campus Police Department.

Equal Employment Opportunity: California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

Application Instructions: Apply online at; upload (a) curriculum vitae, (b) cover letter, and (c) names and contact information of four references. In addition, candidates invited to interview on campus will be required to submit (d) official transcripts, and (e) three letters of references mailed directly to: S. Kaan Kurtural, Ph.D.; Department of Viticulture and Enology; California State University, Fresno; 2360 E. Barstow, M/S VR 89; Fresno, CA 93740 – 8003; Phone: (559) 278-2414; email address:

Open Until Filled: To ensure the full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 11/15/2013.

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