[ES_JOBS_NET] Professor and Head, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sat Jul 29 22:15:51 MDT 2017

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Professor and Head, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Posting Number 201700195F
Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary commensurate with experience plus
comprehensive benefits package.
Position Type Faculty
Work Hours/Week 40/week
Description of Work Unit

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research,
and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and
crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our
faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and
the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address
national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental
quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation
of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for
students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food
production and ecosystem function and protection.
CSU offers a comprehensive benefits package for eligible, salaried
employees that includes paid holiday and sick leave, as well as medical,
dental, vision, disability, life and accident insurances, health savings
account, flexible spending accounts and other ancillary benefits.
Additional information can be found at CSU’s Human Resources site:
Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes
% Research  0
% Teaching 0
% Service 0
% Administration 100
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT)
on 09/15/2017
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 07/01/2018
Position End Date
Position Summary

Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences invites
applications and encourages nominations for Department Head and Professor
in Soil and Crop Sciences. The Department Head leads 25 talented faculty
members, more than 50 research and professional staff, 45 graduate students
and nearly 90 undergraduate students. The department’s annual base budget
exceeds $2.75 million with total expenditures greater than $11 million. The
department’s operations include programs of excellence in soil science,
agroecosystems management and plant breeding/genetics.

The Department Head position is a 12-month appointment focused on
programmatic and administrative leadership in scholarship, instruction,
Extension and stakeholder engagement. Responsibilities include leading the
development of the department’s strategic plan and its implementation. The
Department Head is also responsible for performance reviews of faculty and
administrative staff, as well as the formation and administration of the
department’s budget. The Department Head works collaboratively with a broad
range of constituencies including food and agricultural commodity groups,
CSU Extension, private sector organizations, NGOs and civil societies in
order to steward programs that are innovative and impactful. The Department
Head ensures excellence in scholarship, instruction, engagement, diversity
and inclusion. Opportunities exist for the successful candidate to continue
an active research and/or teaching program, but the focus of this
appointment is its administrative duties.
Required Job Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to achieve complex
goals and objectives, which is evidence of high-level leadership,
communication, and management skills. Required qualifications include:

• An earned PhD in crop science, soil science, agronomy or closely related
• Sustained record of scholarly excellence necessary for meeting
qualifications as a Professor with tenure in the Department of Soil and
Crop Sciences at CSU
• Demonstrated exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated ability to mentor and guide more junior professionals (e.g.,
faculty) in their career pathways and development.
• Experience in collaborative priority setting and decision making
• A clear vision of a land grant university’s future role in soil and crop
sciences as it relates to instruction, research, Extension and stakeholder
• Demonstrated ability to adaptively manage resources in order to take
advantage of opportunities with creativity and innovation
• Ability to interact with agricultural and natural resource stakeholders
in developing research and industry initiatives of local, national and
global importance
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
Preferred Job Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include:
• Demonstrated commitment to the principles and strength of diversity in
people and programs as indicated by an ability to effectively relate to
diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural,
ethnic, and individual differences, successful international and cultural
experiences and collaborations
• Demonstrated excellence with global research and engagement programs
• Demonstrated experience in successfully allocating, directing and
monitoring large-scale, annual budgets
• Evidence of working collaboratively with partners including: industry
(e.g., agribusiness and/or commodity organizations); local, state or
national government agencies (e.g., USDAagencies); and non-governmental
entities (e.g., land trusts, public and private foundations)
• Experience in interdisciplinary research including multi-state and/or
multi-agency efforts
• Evidence of leading and/or significant contributions to institutional
development such as fundraising, collaborations and contracts.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please provide requested application materials no
later than September 15, 2017. Materials include:
• A cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications;
• Current curriculum vitae limited to 10 pages;
• A vision statement for the future of the Department of Soil and Crop
Sciences of no more than two (2) pages (under “Special Required
Documentation”); and
• A one-page statement of your administrative philosophy (under “Other”).
Please also provide contact information for three (3) references, including
your professional relationship with each reference listed. References may
be contacted at a semi-finalist or finalist stage; references will not be
contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and
living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To
support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations,
CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted
varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony
and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history,
financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be
conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of
the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is
free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color,
religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran
status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner
discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired
about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee
or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse
workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws,
regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and
affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity
<http://oeo.colostate.edu/> is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support
and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO
80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human
Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student
Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.
Diversity Statement

•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected
to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and
Search Contact James.Pritchett at colostate.edu
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Leadership

Support of the Land Grant missions of teaching, research and Extension;
develops departmental priorities and allocates resources; advocates for the
department and cultivates an environment that encourages excellence;
promotes opportunities for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and
extension; identifies opportunities to obtain additional resources for the
department and enhances diversity of faculty, students and staff to support
a climate of inclusiveness and respect; takes leadership role in the
development, management, vision, and trajectory of the department’s
strategic plan.
Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Administration

Responsible for performance reviews of faculty and administrative staff,
and the development and administration of the department’s budget. The Head
works collaboratively with a broad range of constituencies internal and
external to CSU to foster a program that is both strategic and innovative,
and enhances research, teaching, outreach, and diversity.
Percentage Of Time 50
References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested 3
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
*Required Documents*

   1. Cover Letter
   2. Curriculum Vitae
   3. Special Required Documentation
   4. Other

*Optional Documents*
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