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Professor and Department Head, Horticulture

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Applications received by February 1, 2018 will be assured full consideration; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. To apply submit: (1) a formal letter stating the applicant’s qualifications for the position and a 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. Nominations are encouraged and will be accepted. Nominations, questions and/or other inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Kris Braman, Head, Department of Entomology, email:, CAES, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706.542.2816

Position Information

Position Information

Faculty Rank Professor
Posting Number 2017_00566F
Posting Type
Working Title Professor and Department Head, Horticulture
Title Code 88301
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Salary Range Commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.
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 Horticulture ( This is a 12-month tenure track position. The successful candidate must qualify for the rank of Professor consistent with Horticulture Promotion and Tenure Unit criteria. 32 Research, teaching and extension faculty, 112 students (30 graduate, 61 undergraduate and 21 certificate in organic agriculture) and 45 staff are located at the Athens, Tifton, and Griffin Campuses. The department supports Georgia’s large and diverse horticulture industry (farm-gate value of $1,400,000,000) through research and extension. Departmental research and extension programs include plant breeding, genetics and genomics; plant physiology, post-harvest biology, plant production management, resource management, and native plant conservation.
Faculty members work on a vast array of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, herbs, medicinal plants, endangered native species, and row crops.

An undergraduate major is offered in Horticulture with areas of emphasis in Landscape Contracting, General Horticulture, Sustainable Food Production, and Horticultural Science. 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. 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 field units supporting research, teaching, and outreach. 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 is a Research I, land-grant institution in the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1785, the University 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.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

Minimum Qualifications

• A Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Biology, or related Biological Sciences.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and/or extension.
• Higher Education Administrative experience is desirable.
• Evidence of creative and innovative leadership.
• Demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding.
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity.
• The successful applicant must qualify for the rank of Professor according to
Horticulture Promotion and Tenure Unit criteria

Degree Level Doctorate
Posting Date 12/14/2017
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
  1. Other Document #1