Associate Professor or Professor opening at Texas A&M

Position: Rank – Associate Professor or Professor, IPM Coordinator (60%) and Field Crop Extension Entomologist supporting county-based extension agents (40%). Located in the Department of Entomology, Minnie Belle Heep Building, College Station, Texas. Appointment is 100% Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 12-mo., base funded position.

General Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent will be a part of a 3 member administrative team consisting of the Department Head, the Associate Department Head for Extension Entomology and the IPM Coordinator/Extension Specialist who provide oversite to the Entomology Department’s Extension program. The successful candidate will provide leadership, management and funding support – through development of grant proposals for the statewide IPM program. Supervisory responsibilities will include managing 12 Extension Agents – IPM and 6 Extension Program Specialists – IPM. He or she will be responsible for hiring, evaluation, management, salary decisions, and other personnel actions as needed – in consultation with District Extension Directors and Entomology Associate Department Head. The incumbent will have regional responsibility for development and delivery of Extension educational programs in field crop entomology with emphasis on invasive pests. The faculty member will plan, create, and execute extension education programs, and conduct applied research, and develop IPM programs for arthropod pests of crops in Extension Districts 8, 9 and 10. The incumbent will support insect management goals to optimize yields and, through judicious use of pesticides and technology; conserve natural enemies and avoid outbreaks of secondary pests. The incumbent will work in a collegial manner with scientists and agents in interdisciplinary teams to develop solutions to arthropod related issues in agricultural production and provide technical expertise supporting county agents, Extension Program Specialists – IPM, Extension Agents-IPM and producers in Extension Districts 8, 9 and 10 – a 60-county area, some 23 counties of which have significant field and specialty crop acreage. The incumbent will work with Extension Agents and Specialists to plan, conduct, and evaluate educational programs in crop production entomology and serve clientele through applied research, leadership in online resource development and information delivery, and developing and using appropriate training/teaching materials. Incumbent is expected to become a leader in the statewide agricultural extension entomology program. Support of the mission of the Department of Entomology is expected including, but not limited to, the securing of extramural funding, scholarly publication, participation in graduate education, mentoring undergraduate interns, and active participation in professional societies. As opportunities arise, the incumbent should address other entomological issues that impact crop producers in the region. He or she should form partnerships with on-campus faculty and collaborate with them to help solve the insect-related issues of agricultural stakeholder in the region.
Administrative Relationships: The incumbent is a faculty member with the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology and is supervised by the Associate Department Head for Extension Entomology and the Entomology Department Head. The individual is expected to cooperate and collaborate with Department and Center Faculty, District Extension Administrators, Regional Program Leaders, County Extension Agents-Ag/NR, Extension Program Specialists and Extension Agents – IPM in planning, conducting and evaluating educational and applied research programs involving entomology. The incumbent will serve as the supervisor of the Extension Program Specialists in conjunction with the Associate Department Head for Extension Entomology and the Entomology Department Head. He or she will work in conjunction with District Extension Administrators, the Associate Department Head for Extension Entomology and the Department Head to supervise the Extension Agents – IPM.
Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in entomology or closely related field is required. Quantifiable knowledge and experience in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of field experiments and educational programming; of IPM tactics and of field crop production practices is essential. Candidate must have demonstrated ability to work closely with agricultural producers, consultants and diverse audiences, to communicate effectively (both oral and written) and to function effectively as a team member, leader, and administrator.
Facilities: The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M has 28 on campus faculty, 9 off campus extension faculty, 7 off campus research faculty, 6 Extension Program Specialists and 12 IPM agents providing excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Support facilities include access to a research farm with on-site management and to a campus laboratory.
Closing Date: December 15, 2015 (or until a suitable candidate is identified).
Position Available: February 1, 2016
Application Process: Send letter of interest, CV, transcripts, up to four publication reprints, and four letters of reference to Dr. David W. Ragsdale, Professor and Head, Department of Entomology, 2475 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843; Ph. 979-845-2510. Applicants must also create an on-line application by visiting https://greatjobs.tamu.edu (NOV # 09036). Visit http://insects.tamu.edu and for more information about the department, respectively. Contact Dr. Charles Allen at ctallen@ag.tamu.edu for more information about the position.

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