Position Summary

Position Description

Oregon State University Division of Extension and Engagement, Crop and Soil Sciences – Extension Field Facility invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice based at the OSU Extension Service Crook County office in Prineville, OR. This is a 12-month, full-time, fixed-term (annual reappointment) position that will serve the three-county Central Oregon Region and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The academic home is the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.  Active contributions to scholarship are required.

The position will support agricultural crop management throughout Central Oregon, with an emphasis on water-efficient farming practices for cereal and forage and pasture production; healthy soil and water quality; greenhouse management; and integrated pest management.

The mission of the Extension Agriculture Program is to deliver research-based, objective, informal education to help Oregonians solve problems, develop leadership, and manage resources wisely.

As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and extension and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural, and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world. This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for Extension program needs assessment, development, delivery, and evaluation, and for conducting applied research to support Extension activities.

Oregon State University is committed to state-of-the-science engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools – including online and hybrid classes, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven, and use open-source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.

Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position, and access to wireless services will be necessary.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student/learner success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Engagement are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.

To review posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/128465. Apply to posting #P06238UF.  Closing Date: 12/15/22.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in agronomy/crop science, soil science, horticulture or other agricultural science field directly related to the position. Degree must be completed by application deadline. Strong agricultural background with training and experience in cereal and forage crop production, and agricultural operations and/or experience, and general experience in science and applied research topics directly related to the position, such as soils, agronomy, irrigation and water management, pest management, technology related to crop, soil and water management, season extension, and farm conservation practices. Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion. Demonstrated informal or formal teaching skills. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills including the effective use of electronic (traditional and web-based) and printed mass media. Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment. Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers. General ability to use common computers, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to gather, interpret and communicate clearly and effectively broad-based scientific information with community and industry stakeholders, as well as, the basic working knowledge about how to conduct applied field research.

Preferred Qualifications

One of more years’ Extension experience or other related position using informal education delivery methods. Course work, training, or experience in applied field research experimental design and statistical methods beyond minimum bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements. Demonstrated knowledge and experience of forage and cereal crops, soils, and irrigation management as they relate to crop production and management in a semi-arid environment. Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with members of tribes and their culture. Ability to lead groups, create partnerships, and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management. Ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives and practices in educational design and delivery. Ability to secure external funding support for educational and research programs. Ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.

Travel Requirements

Position requires traveling to provide educational programming and services throughout Central Oregon.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Derek Godwin

Contact Email


Application Instructions

To review posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/128465. When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume or CV: finalists will be required to give an open presentation which may include the distribution of their redacted curriculum vitae/Resume and a short biography; 2) A cover letter that addresses each required qualification; 3) A response to the following question uploaded as Other Document 1: “After reviewing the OSU Plan for Inclusive Excellence at https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/about-board/oregon-state-university-mission-statement please state how your background and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the OSU environment that values diversity equity and inclusion.” You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

About Oregon State University, Division of Extension and Engagement

The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website: https://engagement.oregonstate.edu/.

OSU Extension programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:

  • Healthy communities and economies
  • Resilient and productive forestry and natural ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
  • Thriving youth, individuals and families

Commitment to inclusive excellence:

Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

OSU Extension Service https://extension.oregonstate.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion

OSU Moving Forward Together https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/president/moving-forward-together