This is a 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Horticultural Science with 60% Extension, 40% research responsibilities. New and emerging perennial horticultural plants are diversifying production systems while providing economic value for growers, processors and consumers. Changes in how plants are produced and used provide opportunities for profitable, re-envisioned horticultural plants and development of their products. The horticulturist hired for this position will focus on diversifying the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) collections through research pertinent to the genetic selection/improvement, production, use, and/or maintenance of perennial plants, focused on those adapted to cold climates. This faculty member will be a key new and emerging horticultural plants expert and a liaison with horticulture Extension Educators. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, extramurally-funded translational research program that collaborates across disciplines and fosters innovation in horticultural perennial plants. The successful candidate will foster collaborative extension/research teams, bringing a positive, flexible, responsive attitude to all projects. Working with new and emerging horticultural plants and products, understanding entrepreneurship is essential.
This position is responsible for developing educational programming on new and emerging perennial horticultural landscape plants. The candidate is expected to collaborate with growers and commercial industries to evaluate candidate plants and facilitate adoption. Close collaboration with horticultural Extension Educators, MLA education and horticulture staff, faculty and industry partners is required to develop and deliver educational curricula and maximize efficiency of programming efforts to respond to changing and emerging trends in managed landscapes. The candidate will develop appropriate methods to share research-based information via in-person presentations, videos, social media, and other platforms. Development and use of program evaluations to measure Extension outcomes, their impact and overall effectiveness will be used to monitor the delivery and content to inform future programs.
The overall goal of the research program is to enhance scholarship related to the genetic selection/improvement, production, use and/or maintenance of perennial plants, focused on those adapted to cold climates. The candidate will use their expertise to identify new/emerging plant species with horticultural potential and work to expand MLA collections. Focused research will be defined in part by the candidate’s expertise and research vision.
Ph.D. in horticulture, plant sciences, botany, or related discipline
Demonstrated knowledge of the identification, physiology, and/or cultural management practices for diverse horticultural landscape plants
Record of publication in peer-reviewed academic journals
Evidence of ability to pursue and obtain competitive funding
Experience with formal classroom teaching or Extension/outreach teaching
Expertise in plant research focused on new/emerging or existing horticultural landscape plants
Demonstrated ability to conduct field trials, evaluate production potential and value of horticultural plants
Demonstrated communication skills across a spectrum of audiences
Experience in development and evaluation of outreach programming
Implementation of innovative and inclusive teaching and pedagogy via digital platforms
Evidence of effective mentoring of students and/or staff
Demonstrated experience in and an ongoing commitment to working effectively with and across diverse communities and identities
This position requires frequent travel between worksites at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus and the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticulture Research Center. Travel to offsite locations throughout Minnesota and occasional national and international travel will also be required. This position may entail working outside under varying climatic conditions and may require lifting up to 50 pounds, operating farm/field equipment, applying fertilizers/pesticides/fungicides, as well as bending/kneeling/standing/etc as the research program requires.
How to apply
Applications must be submitted online through the UMN employment site. To review the full posting and apply, please visit: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job and search for Job ID 337655. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.
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Complete applications for this position must include the following items - please compile into 1 PDF file and attach as a resume/CV:
1-2 page Research statement*
1-2 page Outreach/Extension statement*
List of 3-5 professional references with contact information
*Research and outreach/extension statements should include information regarding your approach and work related to fostering diversity and inclusiveness.
Application review will begin on October 26, 2020. This position will remain open until filled.
For questions regarding this position, please contact search committee chair Professor Mary Meyer ([email protected]).
Internal Number: Job ID 337655
About University of Minnesota, Horticultural Science
The Department of Horticultural Science is a diversified research-oriented organization that has a strong commitment to teaching and Extension/outreach. The primary mission of the department is to discover, interpret, and transfer new knowledge for the purpose of improving quality of life through a) improving productivity, value, and use of horticulture crops; b) contributing to a quality environment, and c) educating students.
Community. We strive to create an inclusive and supportive culture that promotes professional excellence in horticultural science. Conscious of our effect on society and the natural world, we recognize the importance that our work be informed by numerous, diverse communities and leave a positive impact.
Diversity of Thought. We value diverse ideas and ways of thinking. We celebrate multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives that broaden our lens and encourage us to think beyond narrowly defined solutions or limitations. We seek new opportunities for collaboration within and beyond our discipline because it leads us to be thoughtful, curious, and innovative.
Impact. We value the impact that stems from our education, research,... and outreach activities. We are driven by the highly applied nature of the horticultural science discipline informed by rigorous basic science. We see ourselves as solutions-based researchers and educators, pursuing opportunities to use science to address societal needs.
Innovation. We embrace curiosity and the process of scientific inquiry. We promote the creativity, enthusiasm, and critical thinking that lead to inspiring visions and solutions for the future.
Excellence. We pride ourselves on the quality and integrity of our work, which is rooted in expert reviewed, evidence-based inquiry. We welcome challenges and set high standards for achievement.
Diversity and Inclusion
We strive to build a department that promotes inclusivity and values diversity. We practice mutual respect and value diverse thoughts and experiences by actively listening and seeking to understand each others’ unique perspectives. We actively pursue opportunities to increase our adoption of inclusive behaviors.
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