Position Summary

Descriptive Title

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Communications

Position Description

Position: This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track position at Assistant Professor rank in Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Communications in the Department of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU). This person will focus on providing innovative development and instruction in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Communications. The individual will teach, recruit, develop curriculum, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, conduct a nationally recognized research and scholarly program and engage in service activities that further the growth of our Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences Department. This person will be helping develop curriculum for an agricultural and natural resources communication undergraduate major for both in-person and on Ecampus. This person will collaborate with faculty in the department and other colleges on research, teaching, and curriculum development.

50% Teaching, Advising, & Other Assignments: Teach and create curriculum for undergraduate and graduate coursework within the department specific to Agricultural Communications. Teach courses annually, with a course load based on the department teaching policy.  Courses and content support the larger department curriculum and will serve students with both on campus and Ecampus instruction. Work with professional advisors to recruit, support, and provide intake advising for undergraduate students in Agricultural Communications. Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students related to both research and teaching, this may include serving as major professor for MS and/or PhD graduate students and advising undergrad student research.


45% Research and Scholarly Activities: Design and conduct research leading to new knowledge related to Agricultural Science and Natural Resource Communications. This could include research pertaining to social and industry issues and its message testing within agricultural and natural resources communities. Actively seek extramural grants and contracts supporting research and areas of focus within the department. Serve as an investigator on a USDA-NIFA Hatch collaborative or Hatch multistate project. Engage in scholarly activities such as curriculum and program development.

5% Service: Provides service to the department, college, university, industry, and profession through committee service and leadership as appropriate and requested by the department, college, and university administration. Serves on state, regional, and national committees as appropriate to position responsibilities and participates in relevant professional organization activities.

Required Qualifications

-A doctorate degree in agricultural communications, communications, life science communications, mass communications, journalism, or closely related field -Evidence of successful teaching experience in agricultural communications or natural resources communications (other fields of communication with expertise in science, including science communication, mass communication, life science communication, or journalism would be considered) -Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion -Evidence of a successful publication record commensurate with the expectations of a tenure-track position -Demonstrated success and commitment to effective teaching -Demonstrated success and commitment to research in agricultural, natural resources, and science communication contexts -Demonstrated success and commitment to scholarship -Demonstrated success and commitment to service -Demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication -Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications

-Demonstrated ability to innovate, develop, and implement new coursework or programs -Demonstrated success in undergraduate and graduate student advising -Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of types of learners in diverse settings, such as online education, continuing professional development, et cetera. -Record of/commitment to work with underrepresented/underserved students or other audiences -Life experience, education, or training that broadens capacity to equalize student success or impact underserved communities -Demonstrated ability to collaborate with local, state, and national stakeholders -Experience with working in the Adobe Suite

Contact Name

Whitney Stone

Contact Email


Application Instructions

Application: Applicants must apply online at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/146382, posting number P07510UF. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, diversity statement, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

About Oregon State University

Oregon State University is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, and greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades, or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon’s natural wonders. Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose — making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources, and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond.

Through discovery, innovation, and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems, and turning ideas into reality. Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land-Grant University and is one of few universities in the U.S. to have Land Grant, Sea-Grant, Space- Grant, and Sun-Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. With 11 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.232 billion. Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 32,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

The Department of Agricultural Education & Agricultural Sciences is 1 of 12 departments within the College of Agricultural Sciences, the founding college of OSU. Programs within the department include an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Sciences, master’s degree in Agricultural Education, a Ph.D. Ag Education option, and several minors. Minors include Comparative International Agriculture, Agricultural Sciences, Leadership, Agricultural Education, and ASNRC. In addition, the department houses the CAS Leadership Academy and is active in hosting CASE pre-service and in-service institutes, as well as a Summer Ag Institute for K-12 teachers. We are also home to the OSU Ag Ed Club, OSU Collegiate Farm Bureau, & a developing ACT chapter. We have been approved to develop an ASNRC undergraduate major for on campus and Ecampus delivery. We have 5 ASNRC course and two ASNRC faculty, Dr. Whitney Stone and Senior Instructor Lauren Chase. We are looking forward to sharing our growing department with you, Go Beavs!