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Assistant Professor Crop Science

Apply now Department: 3670010040 Agronomy
Job no: 513045
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Education / Instructional, Research / Scientific / Grants, Agronomy, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Assistant Professor – Crop Science teaching (70%) and research (30%). The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is seeking an individual to develop an exemplary and innovative teaching and research program in crop science. Primary teaching responsibilities consist of an introductory course in crop science that includes a laboratory (AGRON 220) in fall and spring semesters, a plant and seed identification/seed analysis course (AGRON 350) in spring, and one additional course in their area of expertise. Teaching responsibilities also include coaching the Crops Judging and NACTA Contest Teams, youth programming and recruitment, undergraduate advising, and advising the departmental undergraduate student club associated with the national organization (SASES) within ASA/CSSA/SSSA. The incumbent is expected to integrate their teaching responsibilities with an externally-funded research program in their area of expertise, training graduate students, and publishing peer-reviewed scholarly work in both research and teaching/learning. The research focus can include any discipline within agronomy and should capitalize on opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration as part of the university’s strategic initiatives in Food and Agriculture Systems Innovation and in Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics. The candidate must be able to work in a multicultural setting and create an environment that fosters collegiality, diversity, and teamwork.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University Department of Agronomy is a national leader in agronomic education and research. The university provides strong support for research programs in Food and Agricultural Systems Innovation as well as Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics (

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in agronomy, crop science, or closely related field
  • Proven instructional excellence and effectiveness in teaching crop science with teaching experience at the college level
  • Ability to inspire and provide leadership development of undergraduates
  • Interest in scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Clear potential for securing extramural funding
  • Ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Firm commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in the department

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in leading or working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Record of innovative research commensurate with current career level
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with current career level
  • Experience in field research with agronomic crops and crop production systems
  • Experience in grant writing and obtaining extramural funding commensurate with current career level
  • Skills to effectively use electronic media to communicate technical agronomic information


How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of application articulating experience or training relative to the qualifications for the position
  2. A two-page statement of teaching interest and philosophy
  3. A one-page statement of research interest and vision
  4. A one-page statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  5. Full curriculum vitae
  6. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  7. Names, e-mails, and phone numbers for three references

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Anita Dille at with subject line: Crop Science Faculty Search.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, please apply by July 1, 2022.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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