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Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670010090 Horticulture Natural Resources
Job no: 513077
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Education / Instructional, Research / Scientific / Grants, Natural / Quantitative Sciences, Horticulture, Crop Production, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Landscape Management (80% teaching / 20% research) to teach courses in Horticultural Landscape Management and conduct extramurally funded research in Landscape Horticulture.



  • Support the undergraduate program in Horticulture by teaching courses in Landscape Management. Anticipated teaching load is two face-to-face courses per semester (fall and spring), plus team-teaching a one-credit orientation course in the fall semester, and internship supervision for advisees. Potential courses to be taught include Landscape Maintenance, Arboriculture, Landscape Design, Landscape Contracting and Construction, Interior Plantscaping, or other courses depending on the candidate’s expertise.
  • Advise undergraduate students in the Landscape Horticulture option, and other options as needed.
  • Co-advise the Horticulture Club, and serve as primary advisor for the National Collegiate Landscape Competition Team.
  • Participate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) through course and curriculum development, peer-reviewed publications, and/or collaborative activities that are validated by peers and communicated to others in the field. 


  • Develop an externally funded research program focused on Landscape Management.
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Collaborate on research projects with on and off-campus faculty (off-campus faculty are located at the Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center, Olathe, KS, and the John C. Pair Horticulture Center, Haysville, KS).
  • Participate in and assist with the annual Kansas Turfgrass and Landscape Conference.
  • Contribute to graduate education by serving as major professor to 1-2 graduate students, serving on graduate committees, and publishing results with graduate students.


  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as needed, and participate in service associated with professional organizations in Landscape Horticulture.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources originated in 1871, making it one of the oldest departments at Kansas State University. Today, as our mission statement underscores, we are committed to educating outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, contributing research results to solve problems associated with our disciplines, and providing our constituencies across the state, region and nation with excellent extension programs.

Our diverse department conducts its activities at a variety of locations with facilities on the main campus in Manhattan and outlying research and education centers.

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 promotes 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 Horticulture or related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience
  • Demonstrated record of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated record of obtaining extramural funding to support research
  • Demonstrated experience in landscape management

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of application addressing the position description, your qualifications, and experience
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae
  3. One-page statement on teaching philosophy
  4. One-page statement on research philosophy
  5. Complete contact information for at least three professional references

Review of Applications Begins:

Screening begins July 5, 2022. 

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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