Texas Tech University Assistant Professor of Vegetable Production Systems in Lubbock, Texas

Position Description

Contributes to the university’s mission through teaching, research and service, some variation by academic unit.

Major/Essential Functions

The Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in vegetable production systems. We are specifically looking for a broadly trained but innovative horticulturalist/agronomist. Interest to develop a program focused on a combination of two or more vegetable crops of importance is highly desired.

This will be a 9-month, academic appointment with responsibilities for teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate is expected to establish a grant-supported research program focused on developing sustainable and/or organic vegetable production systems, with an emphasis on urban or small-acreage systems. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching, mentoring, and student advising at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in horticulture, one of the major signature programs of the department, by teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in horticulture, vegetable production, as well as advanced courses in his/her area of specialization.

The typical teaching load in the Department of Plant and Soil Science varies from two to four courses per academic year (one or two per semester) depending on the extent of the research program. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with colleagues in our Urban Food and Wine Production program located in Lubbock and Fredericksburg, Texas. He/she is also expected to work with government and industry clientele, other higher education institutions, and to provide service to the Department, College, University, and community. The position provides opportunity for professional growth, while collaborating with an energetic and productive team of scientists and educators.

Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, university, and community is expected.

Candidates should submit the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Official transcripts
  4. Statements of Research
  5. Supply names & contact information of three (3) individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference
Required Qualifications

Academic degree as defined by the academic unit and as appropriate for the position held. Demonstrated record of effectiveness as a teacher, a record of peer reviewed publication and/or peer-reviewed creative activity which has contributed to the discipline or field of study, to the candidate’s intellectual and artistic development, and to the quality of the academic enterprise; a record of professional service appropriate to the discipline; promise of growth in teaching and research or artistic and creative activity.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in a field related to horticulture or have successfully passed their qualifying examination and be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree. In the later case, final hiring decision will be made only after the candidate successfully defend his/her dissertation. Demonstrated ability for interdisciplinary collaboration, publishing high-quality scientific research, and grantsmanship consistent with tenure-track assistant professor rank are expected. Post-doctoral training and independent research experience is highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are essential. In addition, applicants must be able to effectively communicate in English and be authorized for employment in the United States.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.

Pay Statement

Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.

Extended Job Title: Assistant Professor of Vegetable Production Systems

Work Location: Lubbock

Org Level 1: Texas Tech University

Campus: Texas Tech University

Department: Plant and Soil Science

Does this position work in a research laboratory?: Yes

Required Attachments: Cover Letter Recommendation/Referral Research Statement Resume / CV Transcript

Job Type: Full Time

Pay Basis: Monthly

Salary Grade: 800

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Shift: Day

Grant Funded?: No

Requisition ID: 10794BR