Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Salary is commensurate with the candidate's academic and professional qualifications, available funding, and an Extension faculty rank of Assistant Professor

Position Description

Washington State University Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Program Unit invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Agronomy and Cropping Systems. This is a permanent, 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position within the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). The position is located in Walla Walla, Washington. Programmatic emphasis will focus on agronomic crop production, cropping systems, and soil health along with farm enterprise management and decision support systems. This position is responsible for developing and leading and Extension program that provides agricultural production and farm management education to growers, agribusiness, and other stakeholders; Developing an applied, researched-based program with Extension components using various mediums; Conduct needs assessments to inform the program and integrate the outcomes into program planning, implementation, delivery, and outcome evaluation; Develop curricula or publications in print and electronic formats for target audiences, as scholarly articles for professional journals; Engage in grant development and secure extramural resources to advance agriculture and cropping systems through applied research and outreach; Collaborate and cooperate with internal and external agricultural partners; Seek affiliate status with Department of Crop and Soil Sciences or other Departments or Centers within CAHNRS; Participate as a member of the Blue Mountain Extension Team and the WSU Dryland Cropping Systems Team; and Contribute to local, university, state, and federal recognition of WSU Extension as an essential education and applied research resource.

Required Qualifications

Earned Master’s degree in agronomy, plant science, soil science, or other discipline directly related to the subject matter areas of this position by date of hire; Demonstrated expertise and knowledge in cropping systems and innovative farming practices; Demonstrated expertise and knowledge in cropping systems and innovative farming practices; Demonstrated ability to lead as well as to participate in interdisciplinary teams; Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and listening skills in relating to diverse audiences, including large and small acreage producers, landowners, and managers, consumers, special interest groups, professional groups, and elected officials.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver educational programs using a variety of methodologies; Demonstrated skill in applied research and demonstration methodologies for agricultural practices; Demonstrated success in grant writing and extramural funds development; Documented record of scholarship in subject matter closely aligned with this position; Ability to conduct needs assessments and integrate into program planning, implementation, delivery, and outcome evaluation; PhD in agronomy or closely related discipline.

Contact Name

Andy McGuire

Contact Email


Contact Phone

1+ (509) 754-2011

Application Instructions

Screening date for applications is May 15, 2022. Apply online at https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/ (R-5306) and be prepared to submit the following materials: 1) Cover letter describing how your work experience and training meet the responsibilities and qualifications for this position; 2) A statement of your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if selected; 3) A current curriculum vitae; and 4) Name, title, organization, phone number, and e-mail address for three people willing to serve as employment references. For further information about the position, contact Andy McGuire, Search Committee Chair at andrew.mcguire@wsu.edu. EEO/AA/ADA.