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Instructor/Teaching Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670010090 Horticulture Natural Resources
Job no: 516553
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Academic Advising / Support, Agriculture, Horticulture, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources is seeking a creative, innovative 12-Month Instructor OR Teaching Assistant Professor to teach courses and advise students in our undergraduate Park Management and Conservation (PMC) major.

Job description/responsibilities:

Teaching - 

  • Teach undergraduate courses in PMC. The anticipated teaching load is three F2F courses per semester, plus internship/practicum supervision for advisees. Specific courses may include - Introduction to Natural Resource Management, Park Operations and Maintenance Management, Parks and Recreation Administration, and Outdoor Recreation Certification (e.g., Leave No Trace Trainer Course). Depending on the candidate’s expertise, other potential courses may be in the following topic areas: Recreation programming, natural history of protected areas, park planning/design, environmental interpretation, and/or natural resource-based tourism.
  • Develop and teach outdoor recreation experiential courses to be offered during the summer session.
  • Develop online versions of PMC courses that will be part of micro credentials, certifications, and/or an online degree program.
  • Serve as academic advisor to undergraduates in the PMC major (advising load is shared proportionally with other PMC faculty).
  • Advise or co-advise a PMC club/student organization.
  • Contribute to student recruitment and professional development of PMC undergraduate students.
  • 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.
  • Assist in the reporting related to accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT).


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

Why Join Us:

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.

Worksite Options:

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

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • For Instructor, earned M.S. degree OR for Teaching Assistant Professor, earned Ph.D. degree by the time of employment, in park management and conservation, or a related field.

  • Experience in parks/protected area management and conservation, or a related field. 

  • Commitment to excellence in teaching. 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as a contributing team member.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in park management and conservation, or a related discipline. 

  • Demonstrated excellence in leading/guiding students in experiential outdoor recreation. 

  • Experience with developing online courses and teaching online. 

  • Experience with teaching certification classes related to park management and conservation. 

  • Possess the vision and ability to expand the PMC program by increasing the variety of certification classes, online classes, and outdoor recreation experiential classes. 

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. Curriculum vitae
  3. Complete contact information for at least three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until the position is filled. For best consideration, apply by March 8, 2024. 

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$75,000 - $80,000 for candidates hired at Instructor level

$85,000 - $90,000 for candidates hired at Teaching Assistant Professor level

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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