Extension Assist/Associate Professor – Tree Fruit Entomology

Job Description:

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking applications for a full-time Extension Assistant/Associate Professor in entomology. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty, Extension specialists, industry, non-profits and government agencies to develop and deliver informational and educational materials to support the commercial tree fruit industry, and conduct original research related to insect pest management and ecology, with an emphasis on sustainable methods, particularly integrated pest management. The candidate will develop and teach two courses in entomology. The candidate will develop a research program in support of this goal, and provide educational programming in collaboration with other members of the UMass Fruit Program, Stockbridge School of Agriculture faculty and staff, Extension and industry. This will include publishing in scientific and trade journals and education through face-to-face and electronic delivery. The candidate will acquire extra-mural funding to support research and Extension programs. The candidate will participate as a full member of the University of Massachusetts faculty in a 12-month, non-tenure track. We share a fundamental commitment to teach and serve a diverse student body, professional practitioners and the broader public.

Requirements:

A Ph. D. with significant industry or research experience in entomology is required. The candidate will have academic expertise in methods for management of insect pests of plants, preferably with knowledge of chemical, biological and cultural management tactics, as well as methods for monitoring insect pest populations. The successful candidate will work with industry to solve critical problems such as insecticide resistance, emerging insect pests and optimizing available strategies for environmentally and economically viable pest management, and knowledge in areas such as these is preferred.  College-level teaching experience and experience using modern technology for education and information delivery are also preferred.

Additional Information:

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture is committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body, and curriculum. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity-Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements of their philosophy of extension, teaching, and research (including an indication of specific extension, research, and teaching interests) and contact information for three people familiar with their research, extension, and teaching efforts.

Review of applications will begin May 2, 2017 and continue until the ideal candidate is identified. The position start date for the successful candidate is negotiable. All potential applicants should visit the Stockbridge School of Agriculture website (http://stockbridge.cns.umass.edu/). Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Daniel R. Cooley at  dcooley@umass.edu

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