Work Location: School of Plant, Environment, and Soil Sciences, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Position Description: The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center is inviting applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Turfgrass Management in the School of Plant, Environment and Soil Sciences. This is a 12-month tenure track position with a 60% extension, 30% research and 10% teaching appointment.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop and coordinate extension programming to address cultural, fertility, and weed management issues in commercial, athletic, and residential turfgrass systems. The position will work collaboratively with other LSU AgCenter faculty to provide training opportunities for LSU AgCenter Extension Agents through organizing state-wide educational programs, workshops, field days, extension publications, and social media content.
The successful candidate will take an active role in the ongoing turfgrass research, collaborating with existing turfgrass faculty and staff to support current programming, demonstrations, and displays throughout the state. Further, the candidate is expected to take a leadership role in the Louisiana Turfgrass Association and additional industry groups.
The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized research program focused on turfgrass soil fertility and sustainability. Areas of research may include but are not limited to ecological impacts of turfgrass landscapes, turfgrass best management strategies, sustainable turfgrass practices, sports turfgrass management, or soil fertility for turfgrass systems. A candidate that applies a systems approach to holistically address turfgrass soil fertility and sustainability issues is preferred.
The candidate will be responsible for developing and serving as instructor of record for one undergraduate turfgrass related course. The newly hired faculty will also be expected to support and promote the department’s graduate and undergraduate teaching practicum through participation in undergraduate recruiting and training of undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate will also be expected to participate in departmental and college activities including serving on academic committees.
Qualification Requirements: Ph.D. in Horticulture, Agronomy, Plant Science, Soil Science or another appropriate agriculture-related field is required. Good interpersonal skills and leadership abilities are required for working effectively with diverse professional and public audiences and cooperators. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) with diverse audiences including scientific peers, clientele, and agribusiness representatives. Development of scholarly (peer-refereed) articles and educational curricula/programs for appropriate publications/journals and other outlets, including LSU AgCenter Extension publications, is required for professional development.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.
Application Deadline: January 3 2023, or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter along with current CV including a statement of professional interest and goals, official university transcripts, two letters of reference, and a statement describing how diversity would figure into your teaching, research, or extension activities. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Jeffrey Beasley – Search Committee Chairman
School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
226 Julian C. Miller Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Website: AgCenter website
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.