Assistant/Associate Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resources Communication
Washington State University
Location: Pullman, Washington
Internal Number: 2719451
Assistant/Associate Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resources Communication
Title: 270-NN - Assistant Professor
Business Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resources Communication
Employee Type: Faculty
Job Family: Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible
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Summary of Duties:
The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) seeks a dynamic, motivated, and collaborative leader/educator to develop an innovative agricultural and natural resources communication program that aligns with university, student, and industry needs. The position offers an exciting opportunity to develop new courses, as well as a new minor in Agricultural and Natural Resources Communication. The new hire will also build capacity within WSU Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program to effectively communicate information about complex agricultural, food, environmental, and natural resource issues using cutting-edge communication approaches and technologies. Within CSS, the successful applicant will complement existing Human Dimensions faculty who work in the areas of agricultural education, rural sociology, agricultural technology and production management, and systems thinking.
The successful applicant will be responsible for leading and executing a vision for Agricultural and Natural Resources Communication curriculum and program development. They will work closely and collaboratively with students and faculty in CAHNRS and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, as well as with industry representatives and other stakeholders. A critical aspect of this position will be the ability to provide an inclusive environment for all students and collaborate with interdisciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
The successful candidate will develop several new courses to serve as the core curriculum for a new undergraduate minor in Agricultural and Natural Resources Communication. There may be an opportunity to also develop and teach at least one graduate-level course. The expected teaching load will be approximately 2-3 courses per semester. Teaching will focus on strategic communication, digital media production, intercultural communication, and related topics (as deemed appropriate) with an emphasis on agricultural, natural resource, and related sciences. Newly developed courses will complement existing courses in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty in WSU Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program to build capacity in the use of evidence-based communication tools and to enhance stakeholders' understanding of complex agricultural, food, environmental, and natural resource issues. They will work directly with 4-H Extension Coordinators, youth, volunteers, other youth-serving organizations, and other stakeholders to develop and employ innovative and effective communication strategies.
The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues and stakeholder groups concerned with effective agricultural and natural resources communication at the local, state, and national levels. They will be expected to engage in scholarly activities related to curriculum development, instruction, learning tools, and/or Extension programming. They will also disseminate findings through professional conferences, Extension publications, academic journals, and other channels.
A key strength of the CAHNRS undergraduate degree programs is close engagement with industry to ensure relevance of the curriculum, develop a robust pipeline for student placement, and generate external resources to support the programs. The successful applicant will foster engagement with industry and enhance student learning experience through the development of relevant internship pipelines and career opportunities. The successful candidate will also provide advising support for the Agricultural and Natural Resources Communication minor.
Earned Ph.D. in Agricultural Communication, Environmental or Natural Resources Communication, Science Communication, Communication, or a closely related discipline at the time of hire.
Demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality undergraduate courses using relevant instructional approaches, pedagogy, and technology.
Demonstrated potential for effective curriculum development.
Demonstrated potential for creating outstanding outreach/education programs for a wide diversity of audiences.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
For appointment at the Associate rank, applicants must additionally have a history of high-quality instruction, curriculum development, and/or outreach/education program development related to Agricultural and Natural Resources Communication.
Demonstrated effectiveness in post-secondary curriculum development.
Evidence of scholarly research activity, publications, and/or extramural funding.
Experience with Cooperative Extension, especially related to agriculture, natural resources, and/or 4-H youth development.
Experience in journalism, mass/digital media, public relations, marketing, news and television broadcasting, audio/video production, or a related field.
Experience in applied agriculture and/or natural resources.
DEPARTMENT OF CROP AND SOIL SCIENCES
Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) are committed to improving the long-term sustainability of agricultural systems through research, teaching, and extension. Our department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Crop Science and Soil Science, with 100 graduate students currently enrolled. In addition, we host graduate students pursuing an M.S. in Agriculture. Undergraduate students can select B.S. programs in Agricultural and Food Systems (with majors in Agricultural Education; Agricultural Technology and Production Management; Agricultural and Food Business Economics; Organic and Sustainable Agriculture; and Agriculture and Food Security) and Integrated Plant Sciences (with majors in Agricultural Biotechnology; Field Crop Management; Fruit and Vegetable Management; Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management; Viticulture and Enology; and Turfgrass Management). Facilities include a 30-acre organic farm on the Pullman campus, five dryland agronomy farms within a 120-mile radius of Pullman, and labs and farms at research centers in Mount Vernon, Puyallup, Prosser, and Wenatchee. Partnerships with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory, the University of Washington, and other universities, commodity commissions, the agriculture industry, and family farms result in well-rounded and timely research, successful outreach, and opportunities for student internships. For more information, visit https://css.wsu.edu/.
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN, AND NATURAL RESOUCE SCIENCES
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 12 academic units, 3 extension program units, 4 research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and 1 tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university's land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe. For more information, visit https://cahnrs.wsu.edu/.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into 10 academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 21,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all. For more information, visit https://wsu.edu/ and https://wsu.edu/about/facts/.
LIFE ON THE PALOUSE
Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children. To learn more about the Pullman community, visit: https://pullmanchamber.com/.
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
This position has been posted as Open until Filled with the screening of applications beginning on January 26, 2022.
This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) Curriculum vitae, 2) cover letters describing your training, qualifications, and interest in the position, 3) Teaching statement (1 page maximum) addressing your experience, philosophy, and pedgagogical approaches, 4) Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement (1 page maximum) describing your past experiences, current interests/activities, and/or future foals to promote a climate that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 5) Names and contact information for four (4) professional references.
Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.
For questions about the position contact Dr. Jessica Goldberger, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Curriculum vitae
2) Cover letter describing your training, qualifications, and interest in the position
3) Teaching statement (1 page maximum) addressing your experience, philosophy, and pedagogical approaches
4) Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement (1 page maximum) describing your past experiences, current interests/activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion
5) Names and contact information for four professional references. Please note: References will be embedded in the applications, but a total of four (4) references must be attached as a document.
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
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Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.