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Colorado State University Assistant to Associate Professor in Horticultural Entomology in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Assistant to Associate Professor in Horticultural Entomology

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Posting Number 202000032F

Proposed Annual Salary Range $85,000-95,000 plus comprehensive benefits package

Position Type Faculty

Work Hours/Week 40

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (BSPM) is committed to excellence in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about insects, plant pathogens, and weeds. Further, BSPM applies this knowledge to solving practical problems related to: (1) management of pests in production agricultural systems, in natural resources and recreational environments, and in residential and public areas; (2) environmental quality, and (3) human and animal health. The Department encompasses the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science – thus providing unique opportunities to address critical issues that cut across disciplinary boundaries. BSPM focuses its teaching, research and outreach missions in four program areas each of which involves all three of the department’s disciplinary roots in entomology, plant pathology, and weed science. These programs are: 1) Genomics and Molecular Biology, 2) Ecology and Biodiversity, 3) Biology and Management of Invasive Species, and 4) Integrated Pest Management. BSPM emphasizes knowledge of pests and related organisms; the roles that they play in ecological, economic and social systems; and the application of such knowledge to developing economically and environmentally sound solutions for practical problems. Being interdisciplinary in nature, BSPM values cooperative and collaborative efforts with other units within the University, as well as other relevant entities in Colorado and beyond.

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes

% Research 60

% Teaching 15

% Service 25

% Administration 0

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 04/01/2020

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date

Position End Date

Position Summary

The Department of BSPM at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor faculty position in Horticultural Entomology. This position is a 60% research, 15% teaching, and 25% Extension (outreach/engagement) and Service appointment on a 9-month contract (summer salary may be available during the startup period).

We seek applications from dynamic and motivated scientists who have expertise in entomology and a strong research record. Candidates are sought with demonstrated capacity to integrate new technologies with classical field-and laboratory-based approaches in their research program. The successful applicant will be expected to build a nationally and internationally recognized research program that integrates modern and conventional methods to study and reduce pest arthropods and encourage beneficial arthropods on plants in horticultural production and urban landscapes. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to, integrated pest management, biological control, and pest ecology. CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences has critical research mass in the areas of Ag Tech, microbiomes, data science, and soil health. Being interdisciplinary in nature, BSPM values cooperative and collaborative efforts with other units within the University, as well as relevant external entities in Colorado and beyond. Excellent opportunities exist for working with diverse stakeholders in the State on a wide variety of pest arthropods, including through cooperation with CSU Extension field staff, the CSU Agricultural Experiment Station, and the National Western Center.

The successful candidate will teach the undergraduate class Horticultural Entomology and a graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Graduate student training, undergraduate advising and mentoring, and contributions to engagement and service, including the Master Gardener program, are expected.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

A Ph.D. in entomology or a related field (completed by application deadline). A strong record of scholarly achievement commensurate with experience. Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information. Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity. Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Demonstrated potential for engagement with stakeholders to identify and respond to their entomological issues, utilizing both traditional and innovative methods. Evidence of clear potential or previous success in obtaining competitive research grant funding. Post-doctoral (or equivalent) research experience in entomology.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by April 1, 2020. Interested individuals must submit the following application materials: (1) a cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a combined statement that describes a) a clear vision for your research program; b) your teaching philosophy and experience; and c) your demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity (3 a-c should be no more than five pages in length and should submitted as the fourth Required Document (Other)); and (4) four professional references whom we may contact at a future date to submit a letter of reference on semi-finalist’s behalf. References will not be contacted without prior notification to 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 or expression, or pregnancy and 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/equal access/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 Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 201 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-8004, (970) 491-5312.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes.

Search Contact Dr. Frank Peairs, frank.peairs@colostate.edu

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research/Creative Performance/Scholarship

Duty/Responsibility

Establish an externally-funded research program in horticultural entomology, including support for graduate students. Build a nationally and internationally recognized research program integrates modern and conventional methods to study and reduce pest arthropods on plants in urban landscapes. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to, integrated pest management, biological control, and pest ecology.
Collaborate with other members of the Department, the College, and the University as well as with researchers nationally and internationally. Provide research support for Extension/engagement programs in horticultural entomology.

Percentage Of Time 60

Job Duty Category Teaching/Instruction/Advising

Duty/Responsibility

Teach Horticultural Entomology and a graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Train graduate students, advise and mentor undergraduate students, and contribute to engagement and service, including the Master Gardener program.

Percentage Of Time 15

Job Duty Category Service/Extension/Engagement

Duty/Responsibility

Serve on Department/College/University committees as well as contribute to the broader academic, agricultural and professional communities. Develop Extension/engagement programs addressing the entomological needs of the citizens of Colorado.

Percentage Of Time 25

References Requested

Minimum Requested 4

Maximum Requested 4

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Other

Optional Documents

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