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Assistant Professor in Agroecology

NC State University
Raleigh, North Carolina, US
Closing date
Jun 20, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Posting Number:
Internal Recruitment :
Working Title:
Assistant Professor in Agroecology
Anticipated Hiring Range:
Commensurate with Experience
Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm (Occasionally, work after hours or weekends depending on field activities.)
Job Location:
Raleigh, NC
Department :
Crop and Soil Sciences
About the Department:
The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences encompasses several disciplines in research extension and teaching. The department's mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil, and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings; and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.
Essential Job Duties:
The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor with formal appointments in Academic (70%) and Research (25%), and Service (5%). This position reports to the Department Head of Crop and Soil Science.

This is an academic weighted position that will focus on leading the Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems B.S. major, teaching, recruiting and mentoring students in this program. Teaching responsibilities would include teaching at least three (3) core agroecology courses each year, an Introduction to Agroecology course (CS 230), Advanced Agroecology course and lab (CS 430/530) and an online section of the CS 230 class. Additional responsibilities will include directing the Agroecology Education Farm, a 6-acre living learning field facility and experiential teaching resource for the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and located at the Lake Wheeler Field Station. The individual will supervise the Agroecology Education Farm manager, a position funded jointly with the department and NC State Dining who provides oversight for the farm production and supports class tours and projects, volunteers and student interns.

The Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems B.S. degree was established in 2018 as a cross departmental major between the departments of Crop and Soil Sciences and Horticultural Science where this position will advise the Agroecology Research and Production and Community Food Systems concentrations. The department of Horticultural Science is responsible for advising for the Urban Horticulture concentration. The candidate will work closely with the Department of Horticulture academic leadership to carry out collaborative recruitment strategies and effective communication for students across the major.

Candidates must have a substantial knowledge in agroecology and sustainable agriculture and demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching and mentoring. The applicant must have strong communication skills, and the ability to teach and develop new course materials as needed for Agroecology classes. Candidates should be passionate about teaching, advising, and recruiting all students into the program including female students, students of color, and students with disabilities. Candidates should show interest in leadership development of students, advise students in internship and research program requirements, and serve as the Adviser for the department Agroecology Student Club. The successful candidate will lead student recruitment for this program and make a determined effort to interact with local, state related educational institutions and associations as well as coordinate with departmental and college recruitment efforts.

With the heavy teaching and advising load, a successful candidate will need to develop a collaborative research program. Efficiency and resilience of crop production systems could serve as a broad theme and would find natural alliances within the department and across the university. Additional research could also focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning in agroecology and agriculture education, hands-on learning, community engagement with multiple constituencies, and other educational research. The individual will be expected to interact and work closely with multidisciplinary faculty in Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticultural Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Agricultural Extension, and others at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), as well as across college departments at NC State University and other leaders nationally, and internationally.

NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world. NC State's land grant mission of teaching, research and service is dedicated to the service of North Carolina and its people. Applicants are encouraged to review the institution's mission, vision and strategic plan, and consider how their background, interest and experience would enable them to support the university.

In accordance with Federal Civil Rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Civil Rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior credible activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Other Responsibilities:
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. degree in Agroecology, Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Soil Science, or closely related disciplines.
Other Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working in agricultural systems
  • Demonstrated experience using systems approach to address agroecological topics
  • Demonstrated teaching experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal relations
  • Strong ability to work on interdisciplinary teams and mentor students at all levels
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching degree or certificates
  • Successful record of collaboration, publication in refereed journals
  • Postdoctoral or equivalent experience in a related discipline
Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • A valid driver's license is required for travel. Valid Driver's License and the ability to obtain an NC Driver's Licence within 60 days of hire.
Valid NC Driver's License required:
Commercial Driver's License required:
Job Open Date:
Special Instructions to Applicants:
In addition to your application, please submit the following documents:

1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of teaching philosophy, research accomplishments and interest.
4. Contact information (names, email addresses, telephone numbers) for at least three (3) professional references.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Position Number:
Position Type:
Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):
9 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:
Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:
Mandatory - Medical Emergencies
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:
Department ID:
110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences
NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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