Assistant/Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology with Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are seeking candidates for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor and Extension Specialist located at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, TX. This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track appointment. The successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination for extension education in plant disease management for the Texas Panhandle and Rolling Plains. Active interaction with growers, commodity groups and other agricultural professionals is a major focus. The Extension Specialist’s efforts will focus on diverse cropping systems critically significant to the productivity and sustainability of Texas agriculture, including diseases of wheat, corn, grapes, potatoes and other vegetables. The candidate is expected to work closely with other AgriLife Extension and Research personnel on current and emerging plant diseases of importance to the mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and to Texas A&M University. The incumbent will supervise the High Plains Diagnostic Laboratory (HPDL) in cooperation with the Great Plains Plant Diagnostic Network (GPDN). The candidate is expected to conduct applied field research and generate a distinguished publication record in peer reviewed scientific journals. Research and Extension efforts will lead to the development of effective extension educational programs and materials including publications, workshops, conferences, electronic creations, and mass media techniques for county extension agents, Master Gardeners, Extension Specialists, the public and relevant organizations. Support for these research and extension programs is expected from extramural sources, including grants, commodity groups, and other relevant sources.

Job Requirements:
A Ph.D. in plant pathology is required, with an understanding of the job responsibilities of an Extension Specialist. The ability to work independently and in multi-disciplinary teams is required. Excellent written, oral and communication skills for a diverse range of audience expertise’s are required.

Comments to Applicant:
Employment is contingent upon the agency’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by agency procedures, including the completion of a criminal history check.
Finalists may be required to furnish a copy of their official transcript documenting the degree conferred. Texas law requires all males 18-25 show proof of compliance with federal Selective Service law to be eligible for employment.

This position will be supervised by the Head and the Associate Department Head for Extension in Plant Pathology and Microbiology. The candidate will supervise staff associated with the HPDL and students, postdoctoral research associates, and other employees as appropriate.

Texas A&M University System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

To Apply:
Applications must be submitted at #10617). Application materials must include cover letter, curriculum vita, transcripts, and three reference letters. Questions concerning the position may be referred to:

Dr. Leland S. Pierson III,
Department Head
Plant Pathology and Microbiology,
Texas A&M University, 2132 TAMU,
College Station, TX 77843-2132.
(Phone 979-845-7313)
(FAX 979-845-6483)


Dr. Jason Woodward, Associate Department Head, Extension
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Lubbock
1102 East FM 1294
Lubbock, TX 79403-6603.
(Phone: 806-632-0762)
(FAX 806-746-6528)


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