Tenure Track Assistant Professor – Cold Climate Perennial Plants – Minnesota

University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
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Overview This is a 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Horticultural Science with 60% Extension, 40% research responsibilities. New and emerging perennial horticultural plants are diversifying production systems while providing economic value for growers, processors and consumers. Changes in how plants are produced and used provide opportunities for profitable, re-envisioned horticultural plants and development of their products. The horticulturist hired for this position will focus on diversifying the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) collections through research pertinent to the genetic selection/improvement, production, use, and/or maintenance of perennial plants, focused on those adapted to cold climates. This faculty member will be a key new and emerging horticultural plants expert and a liaison with horticulture Extension Educators. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, extramurally-funded translational research program that collaborates across disciplines and fosters innovation in horticultural perennial plants. The successful candidate will foster collaborative extension/research teams, bringing a positive, flexible, responsive attitude to all projects. Working with new and emerging horticultural plants and products, understanding entrepreneurship is essential. Responsibilities Extension (60%) This position is responsible for developing educational programming on new and emerging perennial horticultural landscape plants. The candidate is expected to collaborate with growers and commercial industries to evaluate candidate plants and facilitate adoption. Close collaboration with horticultural Extension Educators, MLA education and horticulture staff, faculty and industry partners is required to develop and deliver educational curricula and maximize efficiency of programming efforts to respond to changing and emerging trends in managed landscapes. The candidate will develop appropriate methods to share research-based information via in-person presentations, videos, social media, and other platforms. Development and use of program evaluations to measure Extension outcomes, their impact and overall effectiveness will be used to monitor the delivery and content to inform future programs. Research (40%) The overall goal of the research program is to enhance scholarship related to the genetic selection/improvement, production, use and/or maintenance of perennial plants, focused on those adapted to cold climates. The candidate will use their expertise to identify new/emerging plant species with horticultural potential and work to expand MLA collections. Focused research will be defined in part by the candidate’s expertise and research vision.
Required Qualifications ● Ph.D. in horticulture, plant sciences, botany, or related discipline ● Demonstrated knowledge of the identification, physiology, and/or cultural management practices for diverse horticultural landscape plants ● Record of publication in peer-reviewed academic journals ● Evidence of ability to pursue and obtain competitive funding ● Experience with formal classroom teaching or Extension/outreach teaching Preferred Qualifications ● Expertise in plant research focused on new/emerging or existing horticultural landscape plants ● Demonstrated ability to conduct field trials, evaluate production potential and value of horticultural plants ● Demonstrated communication skills across a spectrum of audiences ● Experience in development and evaluation of outreach programming ● Implementation of innovative and inclusive teaching and pedagogy via digital platforms ● Evidence of effective mentoring of students and/or staff Demonstrated experience in and an ongoing commitment to working effectively with and across diverse communities and identities Special requirements This position requires frequent travel between worksites at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus and the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticulture Research Center. Travel to offsite locations throughout Minnesota and occasional national and international travel will also be required. This position may entail working outside under varying climatic conditions and may require lifting up to 50 pounds, operating farm/field equipment, applying fertilizers/pesticides/fungicides, as well as bending/kneeling/standing/etc as the research program requires. How to apply Applications must be submitted online through the UMN employment site. To review the full posting and apply, please visit: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job and search for Job ID 337655. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. External applicants, visit: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/337655 If you are a current employee of University of Minnesota, please use the following link instead: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/int/337655 Complete applications for this position must include the following items - please compile into 1 PDF file and attach as a resume/CV: Cover letter Curriculum vitae 1-2 page Research statement* 1-2 page Outreach/Extension statement* List of 3-5 professional references with contact information *Research and outreach/extension statements should include information regarding your approach and work related to fostering diversity and inclusiveness. Application review will begin on October 26, 2020. This position will remain open until filled. For questions regarding this position, please contact search committee chair Professor Mary Meyer (meyer023@umn.edu).
Contact Person
Mary Meyer, search chair, meyer023@umn.edu
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