The Department of Plant and Soil Science (PSS), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant / Associate / Full Professor of horticulture located at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The successful candidate will provide leadership for existing and future research, teaching, and outreach engagement programs in horticulture. The appointee will lead applied research activities related to controlled environments, horticulture plant production systems, urban horticulture, vertical farming, or other pertinent horticulture disciplines relevant to the region, state, and nation. If hired at the Full Professor rank (or as an Associate Professor with more than four years of experience) the candidate would be eligible to receive the Rockwell Endowed Chair of Horticulture. The successful candidate for this 9-month, academic appointment will be expected to establish a grant-supported research program, and contribute to the continuous advancement of teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in horticulture. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with Departmental scientists (horticulturists, plant breeders, plant geneticists, molecular biologists, entomologists, and soil scientists), as well as researchers from the Department’s major partnering institutions, which includes Texas A&M AgriLife and USDA-ARS. The successful candidate is expected to excel in research, scholarship, and classroom instruction. The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate horticulture courses currently offered within the Department curriculum. The successful appointee will also participate in undergraduate and graduate student advising. He / she is expected to work with government and industry clientele, and provide services to the Department, College, University, and the community. The position provides an opportunity for professional growth, while collaborating with an energetic and productive team of scientists.
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Plant Science, Horticulture or closely related field. Research and teaching experience in horticulture is required. Demonstrated ability for interdisciplinary collaboration, publishing high-quality scientific research, and grantsmanship potential consistent with tenured Assistant / Associate / Full Professor rank are expected. For the Associate / Full Professor rank, it is highly desirable the candidate be active at the national level in professional societies and related horticultural organizations, and have extensive knowledge of and experience with the horticulture industry. Experience utilizing distance-teaching technology is essential. A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations and/or, experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are crucial. In addition, applicants must be able to effectively communicate in English, and be authorized for employment in the United States.
The Texas Tech University application site at http://www.texastech.edu/careers/ and search for Requisition Number 14935BR. Applicants should submit a CV, and official transcripts. In addition, statements of research and teaching philosophies should be submitted. Applicants should supply names and contact information of three individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Thayne Montague, Search Committee Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-2122, Phone (806) 834-7311; email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Expected starting date is 1 May, 2019.