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Job Detail: Assistant Professor

About Oregon State University:

Oregon State was founded more than 150 years ago as a land grant institution, building on the idea that everybody deserves access to an education that transforms their lives. Yours could be next.

Adapting to today’s challenges, we continue to deliver innovative, high-quality courses and programs. We put the safety and success of our community as our top priority. As Oregon’s largest university, we draw people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Our mission is constantly evolving to serve all learners.

Position Summary:

The faculty member contributes to the missions of Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES), the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension program development, educational program delivery and instruction, applied research, and evaluation for adult audiences in the area of organic pasture and forage production.

Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.

Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position and access to wireless services is necessary.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.

Oregon State University and the OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that this commitment is achieved. This commitment includes s, but it is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, all faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.


Position Responsibilities:

80% – Oregon Organic Extension Program
This position is based in western Oregon has regional geographic (60%) and statewide (20%) duties. The position is part of the Organic Extension Program led by Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems. The Center, in its catalyst role, will link the position to other programs and colleges at OSU as well as statewide and community-based non-profit organizations working with sustainable agriculture and community food systems. In addition, because of the integrated nature of organic farming, this position will have direct and indirect collaborations with faculty in Crop & Soil Science, Animal and Rangeland Science, Horticulture, Food Science and Technology, the Entomology Program, Botany and Plant Pathology, and other departments and programs that will support the emerging needs of this position.

The position provides consultation and leadership for educational programing and applied research for certified organic and other ecological and regenerative based pasture and forage growers of all scales (small, medium, large) and their supply chains in Oregon. The focus of this position is soil and plant science and its contribution to pasture and grazing management and forage production. Emphasis should be focused on soil health and whole farm approaches aimed at optimal use of on-farm and external inputs. Knowledge and understanding of the philosophical basis of organic and other agroecological/regenerative approaches to agriculture are essential. The work interfaces with a wide variety of organic forage-based production systems such as dairy, meats, eggs etc.

  • Develop an Extension program that addresses high priority and emerging topics relevant to organic pasture management and forage production for growers and other agricultural professionals. Provide leadership within the Organic Extension program for pasture and forage cropping systems. Conduct applied research, education and outreach on organic forages. Provide one-on-one consultation to growers that effectively responds to common and persistent challenges of organic pasture and forage crop growers and the organic supply chain. Incorporate cost and profitability into applied research and Extension activities.
  • Secure external funding to conduct organic applied research demonstrations, trials and educational programs addressing high priorities for organic growers as well as support and expand the Organic Extension program. Present research findings and educational material at local, regional and National meetings, and publish this new information so that it is accessible to growers and peers as part of the scholarly expectations. Interact with other government agencies on Rule changes, incentives and other policies that impact organic growers.
  • Conduct needs assessment activities to determine the educational needs of organic based production systems and develop programs to meet those needs in the state.
  • Coordinate or design/implement/evaluate organic forage production educational programs and materials and design delivery methods that best meets the needs of the stakeholders.
  • Serve as the main organic forage subject matter Extension agronomist for the state and meet informational needs of stakeholders by accessing information from a variety of sources and disseminating through appropriate mechanisms (newsletters, newspaper, radio, television, internet, presentations, etc.)
  • Develop and utilize a program advisory committee, and other advisory mechanisms as necessary, to identify program needs, assist in program implementation and evaluate program effectiveness.

As a member of the OSU Organic Extension program within the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems.

  • Actively contribute to the activities and programs within the organic working group.
  • Create highly visible programs that will help prioritize Organic Extension positions in future staffing processes
  • Cultivate relationships statewide with stakeholders and commodity groups with the goal of securing legislative support for the OSU Organic Extension program.
  • Interact with the Organic Extension advisory group.
  • Facilitate new organic projects among OSU faculty interested in organic pasture and forage production and food systems, especially in systems with supply chain shortages.
  • Integrate with and participate as an active member of the Extension Small Farms Program. Collaborate on applied research and grant projects and educational programs. Provide technical articles for Oregon Small Farm News, and organize sessions for the OSU Small Farms Conference, and provide technical expertise related to organic pasture and forage production to Small Farms Program faculty and outreach coordinators.

10% – Scholarly Outcomes
Scholarly and creative work is intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers and that is communicated. Emphasis in scholarship should be placed on outcomes that recognize activities as a professional practitioner in community settings as defined by the incumbent’s position description.

To achieve promotion, scholarship for this position must include peer reviewed materials that are durable and findable in the web environment. These are typically of the two types shown below but as our communication worlds change, other types of scholarship may fit these durability and findable criteria:

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals which might encompass description and evaluation of novel community-based professional practice or research application, program development and innovation, outcomes of innovative programs and/or services, definitive professional practice reviews, or case reports among others.
  • Authorship of extension publications, local or regional “practice” publications, book chapters, other educational materials and electronic information delivery media if it is either peer reviewed before dissemination or if there is evidence of its adoption and use by peers.
  • To achieve promotion, there must be an on-going record that both of these types of scholarship are being done though each does not need to be present in every year of record. Documentation must also be provided that shows these scholarly outputs have had impact.

These durable, web-findable materials may be augmented by other forms of peer validation such as the following:

  • Invited presentations, poster and podium presentations, and published abstracts and/or proceedings at state, regional and national levels, provided that evidence of peer validation is provided.
  • Documented impact due to local or regional adoption of improved practices, methods, or programs.
  • Secured competitive grants and contracts appropriate for the scope and focus of the faculty member’s position.
  • Named inventor of a protected intellectual property in the faculty member’s field.
  • Recognition as a professional practitioner in community settings as demonstrated by the following: honorary degrees; awards recognizing community, professional and/or scientific achievements; fellowships in national professional and/or scientific organizations; and requests to serve as a technical advisor to government agencies, industry, or professional groups.

For more information on the scholarly outcome expectations for this position, please refer to the OSU Faculty Handbook and the Academic Affairs document “Scholarship defined for Professors of Practice”.

5% – Organizational Accountability
Utilize technology successfully as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask-an-Expert.

  • Use multiple methods of electronic communication (i.e. web sites, publications, video conferencing and other online methods) to collaborate internally and externally as appropriate.
  • Implement fee-based programming and cost-recovery practices, develop partnerships, and solicit external funding to support and enhance educational programs as appropriate.
  • Organize and maintain program advisory and management committees to identify program needs, make recommendations, assist in program implementation, and evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Develop an annual plan of work addressing educational needs as well as evaluate the quality and impact of educational programs provided to audiences as appropriate.
  • Link your program level output with the overall OSU Extension and University brand in all opportunities. Provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision makers the understanding and context on how your program level Extension work relates to overall Extension programming output. Annually provide impact statement reports adhering to Extension criteria.
  • Contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of teaching, educational delivery, advising, research, Extension, service, and/or scholarly outcomes. Outputs and impacts of efforts to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity should be included in promotion dossiers.

5% – Service
Serve as an effective team member with the Small Farms Program, the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, and the Extension Agriculture Program.

  • Provide service to academic home, college and university through committee service and leadership as appropriate and requested by administrators and peers.
  • Serve on state, regional and national advisory committees appropriate to position responsibilities and participate in professional organization activities.
  • Assist in cohesive marketing of Extension.
  • Contribute to a welcoming and respectful work place environment.
  • The faculty member is encouraged to participate in community service.

Position Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agronomy, soil science, crop science, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience with and specialized knowledge of organic pasture and forage production systems, and the philosophical basis of organic and other agroecological approaches to agriculture.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of organic certification standards for pastures, hay and other forages.
  • Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including effective use of electronic (traditional and web-based) and printed mass media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.
  • General ability to use common computers, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to manage competing time demands.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Must maintain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License throughout employment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience understanding the role of program advisory committees.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding support for educational programs.
  • Demonstrated experience using multiple forms of electronic communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work with underrepresented and underserved audiences.
  • Demonstrated life experience, education, and/or training that broaden capacity to equalize the success or impact on underserved audiences.


Wage, Timing, and Additional Information:

Commensurate with training, education, and experience.

The Department of Crop & Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fixed-Term Assistant Professor of Practice position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

This position has a scholarly outcome expectation as outlined in the OSU Faculty Handbook and the Academic Affairs document “Scholarship defined for Professors of Practice”.

As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.


To Apply:

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:To Apply:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Garry Stephenson at


OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

About the job

Location Corvallis, Oregon
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 28 November 2020

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Street 104 Kerr Admin Building
City Corvallis
District Oregon
Zip 97331
Country United States