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Assistant Professor, Ornamental Horticulture

Company: Colorado State University
Location: Fort Collins
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

Posting Detail Information Working Title Assistant Professor, Ornamental Horticulture Position Location Fort Collins, CO Posting Number 202100399F Proposed Annual Salary Range $75,000-$85,000 plus comprehensive benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Employee Benefits Colorado State University ( CSU ) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSUs Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: ( and Position Type Faculty Work Hours/Week 40 Description of Work Unit The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture strives to discover, apply, and disseminate knowledge and technology while developing future leaders in the state, the nation, and the world. Through hands-on experiential learning in each of our three majors, Environmental Horticulture, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture, we encourage human engagement with the landscape and demonstrate our focus to solve problems for people, agriculture, and the environment through scholarship and creativity fostered by teamwork and individual diversity. Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes % Research 40 % Teaching 30 % Service 30 % Administration 0 To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/15/2022 Number of Vacancies Desired Start Date Position End Date Position Summary The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture ( at Colorado State University ( CSU ) seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level with expertise in Ornamental Horticulture. This is one of four tenure track faculty positions relating to a regenerative agriculture cluster hiring in the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU . The 9-month tenure track appointment (40% research, 30% teaching, 20% Extension, and 10% service and outreach) begins as soon as July 1, 2022. The successful applicants responsibilities will include the following:+ Building an externally funded, nationally recognized, and self-sustainable research program that addresses issues facing the green industry and improves the sustainability of urban landscapes in semi-arid environments+ Oversight of the nationally renowned CSU Annual Flower Trial Garden, the Perennial Demonstration Garden, and the Perennial Trial Garden ( + Continuation of the unique, ongoing research collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens and horticultural professionals in the Plant Select Program to identify and promote vibrant, resilient, and durable plants for gardens in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond+ Teaching HORT 221 (Landscape Plants) and HORT 322 (Herbaceous Plants)+ Working closely with the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association, Garden Centers of Colorado, county extension educators, campus landscape planners, Plant Select Program, and other Green Industry professionals in the Rocky Mountain region and participating in extension activities of relevance to Colorado stakeholders + Mentoring undergraduate students in the Nursery & Landscape Management concentration, as well as advising graduate studentsWe are seeking Ph.D.-level applicants with expertise in annual and perennial herbaceous ornamentals and woody ornamentals to build a research program that aligns with and contributes to the strategic plan of the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU ( . Potential research topics may include, but are not limited to: 1) selection, propagation, production, and management of herbaceous ornamental plants; 2) innovative landscape management and production practices to improve resource use efficiency; 3) adaptive and water-efficient ornamentals for semi-arid landscapes; 4) genetics, breeding, and development of herbaceous ornamental plants, and 5) the effect of landscape plants on environmental and human health. The position will have outstanding departmental support, robust research infrastructure, and access to collaborative opportunities within CSU and CSU Research Centers throughout the state, botanic gardens, and industry stakeholders and growers. The CSU main campus is located in Fort Collins and situated at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains, one hour north of metro Denver, and offers excellent access to transportation, world-class outdoor recreation, and a wide cross-section of the horticulture industry and trade organizations. Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Required Job Qualifications + Ph.D. in horticulture or a closely related field (e.g., plant sciences, ecology) + Demonstrated experience in herbaceous and woody ornamentals / landscape horticulture+ Demonstrated communication skills + Professional experience or training relevant to teaching+ Grant writing experience + Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications of original research + Professional experience or training relevant to extension+ Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date. Preferred Job Qualifications + Previous academic, post-doctoral, or professional experience+ Research experience in herbaceous ornamentals/landscape horticulture+ Record of effective undergraduate curriculum development, teaching, and mentoring, with experience in experiential learning methods+ Proven excellence in verbal and written communication, including a scientific, peer-reviewed publication record appropriate for the applicants career stage in herbaceous ornamentals / landscape horticulture related topics+ Demonstrated ability to successfully attract research funding+ Evidence of impactful outreach and extension experience, including a demonstrated ability to interact with stakeholders and an extension publication record (e.g., fact sheets, trade publications)+ Evidence of team-building skills, capacity for successful collaboration, and potential to manage multidisciplinary research and education projects+ Desire and ability to advance the Departments commitment to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion Special Instructions to Applicants Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by February 15, 2022. Applicants should upload the following materials:1) a cover letter addressing intent to apply for the position and addressing the required and preferred qualifications listed in the full position description2) comprehensive curriculum vitae including grant and publication records3) unofficial academic transcripts for all degrees4) written statement (two pages maximum) of professional teaching, research, and extension philosophy (upload under Other), and5) names, email addresses and phone numbers for three references who may be contacted by the search committee. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Background Check Policy Statement Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so. EEO Statement Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services.The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the Universitys Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education ( . Diversity Statement Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Departments commitment to diversity and inclusion. Search Contact Yaling Qian, Essential Duties Job Duty Category Research & Creative Scholarship Duty/Responsibility Research and creative scholarship in ornamental horticulture, including collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens, Plant Select Program and oversight of the nationally renowned CSU Annual Flower Trial Garden, the Perennial Demonstration Garden, the Perennial Trial Garden. Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Teaching & Mentoring Duty/Responsibility Teach undergraduate courses: HORT 221 (Landscape Plants) and HORT 322 (Herbaceous Plants); mentor undergraduate students in the Nursery & Landscape Management concentration and advise graduate students. Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Extension, Service & Outreach Duty/Responsibility Work closely with other Green Industry professionals in the Rocky Mountain region and participate in extension activities of relevance to Colorado stakeholders. Percentage Of Time 30 References Requested References Requested Minimum Requested 3 Maximum Requested 3 Supplemental Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Applicant Documents Required Documents + Cover Letter+ Curriculum Vitae+ Unofficial Transcripts+ Other Optional Documents

Keywords: Colorado State University, Fort Collins , Assistant Professor, Ornamental Horticulture, Education / Teaching , Fort Collins, Colorado

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