Assistant/Associate Professor and Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair in Agricultural Science and Agribusiness

Website University of Maine at Presque Isle

The University of Maine Presque Isle recently established a B.S. in Agricultural Science and Agribusiness. Our agricultural science facilities include 60 acres of agricultural land, updated agricultural teaching and research labs, and a 4-season greenhouse constructed in 2019. Strong community support for this program is highlighted by the establishment of the Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair in Agricultural Science and Agribusiness. Through this endowed faculty line, our program is well positioned to enhance education, research, workforce development, and connections to our regional agricultural community. We are seeking a broadly-trained agricultural scientist to fill a 12-month tenure-track position as Assistant/Associate Professor of Agricultural Science beginning as early as Spring, 2022. The successful candidate will bring a record of outstanding teaching and research; ability to lead program development and growth; and the ability to develop dynamic connections with the regional agricultural community. Responsibilities include: 15-18 contact hours of teaching per year which may include traditional fall and spring offerings, in addition to summer field or research-based courses; advising; service to the department, university and community; and collaboration with regional agricultural businesses and organizations. Candidates will be expected to conduct basic and applied research utilizing laboratory, greenhouse, and/or field resources, secure external funding for their work, and involve undergraduate students in their projects.

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Primary teaching responsibilities will include introductory and upper-level courses in agricultural science, which will include Introduction to Agricultural Sciences, as well as courses in plant and crop science, agricultural equipment and technology, integrated pest management, soil fertility, or other topics in area(s) of expertise, all depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

Advising agricultural students, and serving on 1-2 campus committees is expected. Research involving undergraduates is expected, and it is preferred that some funding, poster presentations, and publication will result from this effort.

 

Working Conditions:

The position is located at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, but may occasionally require intra- or interstate travel with students or to conferences. Duties also will require lab work. Some overnight and weekend travel is expected. Distance delivery modalities may be assigned as determined necessary by the College dean.

 

Work Schedule:

Work schedule will be variable based upon teaching schedule and research demands. Work beyond regular hours (which may include nights and weekends) may be necessary in order to meet the requirements of the position. The employee will establish regular office hours on campus, especially during semesters when teaching.

 

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:

For more than a century, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has been helping students find their path to great professional careers providing its 1,300 traditional and non-traditional students from all areas of the state, country, and world with life-changing opportunities in a caring, small-university environment.

 

Further information about the University of Maine at Presque Isle can be found at https://www.umpi.edu/

 

For information about the University of Maine System’s COVID-19 response and guidelines for employees, please visit https://www.maine.edu/together/.

 

The university sits on 150 acres surrounded by the rolling hills and potato fields of northern Maine and the university strives to be the region’s premier learning institution while helping to stimulate cultural and economic development in Aroostook County and the State of Maine. The university serves as an educational and cultural center for the area and its facilities are utilized for lectures, programs, concerts, dance performances, exhibits, and plays that benefit the entire region. The University is at the heart of the state’s potato production and has existing collaborations with other university researchers and the local agricultural sector.

 

Learn more about what Aroostook County has to offer here.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • Master’s Degree in a program with strong emphasis on agricultural sciences.
  • Minimum of 3+ years in an agricultural educational, leadership, or research role in higher education or in the agricultural sector
  • Strong expertise in teaching introductory and upper-level agricultural science course
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, and ability to collaborate with the campus, local, and regional communities (academic and agricultural)
  • Demonstrated experience or ability to employ high impact teaching practices, multiple forms of formative and summative assessment, and technology that qualitatively improves the learning experience, including on-line teaching methods
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research that engages undergraduates, can garner extramural funding, and advance existing and new regional agricultural practices
  • Demonstrated experience in use of agricultural technologies, which may include greenhouse management, use of farm equipment and technologies, and field and laboratory approaches to agricultural research

Preferred:

  • Ph.D. in agricultural science or closely related field
  • 3+ years teaching at the collegiate level (may include as a graduate assistant)
  • Demonstrated departmental and/or programmatic leadership
  • Experience with FFA, as a student or mentor
  • Candidate interested in supporting student clubs related to agriculture
    Experience with potato cropping systems or other northern-tier crops

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Salary and rank will be commensurate with education and work experience. The university offers an excellent fringe-benefits package, including a 10% employer contribution to the University of Maine System retirement plan. Additional benefits include medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents.  The University of Maine System is a recipient of the Wellness Councils of America’s Well Workplace Award and offers wellness programs.

 

The University of Maine System is considered a federal contractor and therefore required to comply with the directives of civil authorities regarding COVID vaccinations.  As of January 4, 2022, new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have submitted a request for a religious or medical exemption on or prior to their start date. Further information can be found here: https://www.maine.edu/together/community-guidance/employees/

 

Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position” below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

 

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position with specific reference to the qualifications outlined above

2.) a resume/curriculum vitae

3.) contact information for three professional references

4.) a teaching statement

5.) a research statement that outlines a plan for engaging undergraduates and may provide opportunities for modest extramural funding

6.) official transcripts will be required from applicants selected to interview.

 

 

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the university.

 

 

Search Timeline is as follows:

Review of applications to begin:  December 1, 2021

Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: December 10, 2021

On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: January 5, 2022

Tentative start date: between March 1 – August 1, , 2022

 

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Larry Feinstein at larry.feinstein@maine.edu.

 

Appropriate background checks are required.

 

We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.

 

 

 

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, University of  Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME  04469 207-581-1226.  TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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