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Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670010090 Horticulture Natural Resources
Job no: 514557
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Education / Instructional, Research / Scientific / Grants, Horticulture
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Horticulture (60% teaching/40% research) to teach undergraduate courses in horticulture and to conduct extramurally funded research in production or landscape horticulture.



  • Support the undergraduate program by teaching courses in horticulture. Anticipated teaching load is approximately nine credit hours per academic year, plus internship supervision for advisees and supervision of undergraduate research as needed. Depending on the successful candidate’s expertise, potential courses to be taught include landscape plant identification/use, interior plantscaping, plant propagation, a one-credit freshman orientation course, and/or a general interest course in horticulture for non-majors. Other courses may be considered depending on the candidate’s expertise.
  • Advise undergraduate students in the Production Horticulture and Landscape Horticulture options, and other options as needed.
  • Serve as faculty advisor to the Horticulture Club.
  • 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 production horticulture or 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).
  • Contribute to graduate education by serving as major professor to 2-3 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 or production 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 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.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

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 or production horticulture

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

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins on March 8, 2023.

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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