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Professor and Department Head, Crop and Soil Sciences Department

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Nominations are encouraged and will be accepted. Nominations, questions and/or other inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Douglas Bailey, Head, Department of Horticulture, email: , CAES, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706.542.0772 Applications will be accepted until July 17, 2017. Applications received by that date will be assured full consideration; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following documentation in electronic format: (1) a formal letter stating the applicant's qualifications for the position and a brief statement of leadership philosophy; (2) a current resume that includes a list of publications; and (3) a list of four references with contact information including email addresses. References will not be contacted without further communication with the applicant.

Position Information

Position Information

Faculty Rank Professor
Posting Number 2017_00330F
Posting Type
Working Title Professor and Department Head, Crop and Soil Sciences Department
Title Code 88301
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Salary Range Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Job Summary

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences ( This is a 12-month, tenure-track position. Research, teaching and extension faculty and students are located at the Athens, Tifton and Griffin Campuses. Program emphasis areas include plant breeding and genetics, molecular biology and genomics, plant physiology, crop sciences and biotechnology, weed science, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil fertility, hydrology and environmental sciences. There is a growing emphasis on sustainability and a systems approach to the interdisciplinary issues in these fields. Undergraduate majors are offered in Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Environmental Resource Science, Turfgrass Management, Water and Soil Resources. Outstanding graduate programs leading to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree are supported by a large graduate faculty with diverse research programs and broad disciplinary expertise. Innovative graduate level programs include an area of emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture and a dual M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture) with University of Padova, Italy. Programs of study can be developed in the research emphasis areas listed above. Graduate studies and research programs are characterized by strong interdepartmental and interdisciplinary ties. The Department hosts a large Extension program focused on applied research to address the needs of farmers and the public in Georgia and worldwide. The department head (or their designee) has oversight over a large field unit supporting research, teaching, and outreach as well as statewide programs such as a statewide variety testing program and an automated state-wide weather network. This position is highly engaged with the various commodity groups and other stakeholders of departmental programs.

The successful candidate will be expected to administer and coordinate high-quality teaching, research, and extension programs, and play a proactive role in increasing extramural support for these programs. Specific responsibilities include faculty recruitment, management and leadership, student recruitment, faculty performance evaluations, coordinating promotion and tenure procedures, program planning and implementation, budget management and management of physical facilities including both laboratory and field facilities. The individual will also be expected to work effectively with, and represent faculty to university and agency administrators, state and federal personnel, and industry clientele.

The University of Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia, is a Research I, land-grant institution in the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in the state. The campus and community of Athens offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. UGA has approximately 35,200 undergraduates and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 20 public institutions of higher education in the United States. The main campus is approximately 60 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains, 185 miles from the coast, and 70-80 miles from Atlanta, a large, diverse, major metropolitan area. Visit the University’s website at for additional information.

Minimum Qualifications

• A Ph.D. in Crop or Soil Sciences or a closely related discipline, and demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and/or extension are required.
• Current rank of Professor with tenure, or at least five years as Associate Professor with tenure.
• Other essential qualifications include evidence of creative and innovative leadership, demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding, and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students.
• The successful applicant must qualify for the rank of Professor.

Preferred Qualifications

Higher Education Administrative experience is desirable.

Degree Level Doctorate
Posting Date 04/03/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Appointment Status Regular
Location of Vacancy Athens Area

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Vitae
  3. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents