Professor and Head - Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.

CSU offers a comprehensive benefits package for eligible, salaried employees that includes paid holiday and sick leave, as well as medical, dental, vision, disability, life and accident insurances, health savings account, flexible spending accounts and other ancillary benefits. Additional information can be found at CSU’s Human Resources site:

Position Summary

Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications and encourages nominations for Department Head and Professor in Soil and Crop Sciences. The Department Head leads 25 talented faculty members, more than 50 research and professional staff, 45 graduate students and nearly 90 undergraduate students. The department’s annual base budget exceeds $2.75 million with total expenditures greater than $11 million. The department’s operations include programs of excellence in soil science, agroecosystems management and plant breeding/genetics.

The Department Head position is a 12-month appointment focused on programmatic and administrative leadership in scholarship, instruction, Extension and stakeholder engagement. Responsibilities include leading the development of the department’s strategic plan and its implementation. The Department Head is also responsible for performance reviews of faculty and administrative staff, as well as the formation and administration of the department’s budget. The Department Head works collaboratively with a broad range of constituencies including food and agricultural commodity groups, CSU Extension, private sector organizations, NGOs and civil societies in order to steward programs that are innovative and impactful. The Department Head ensures excellence in scholarship, instruction, engagement, diversity and inclusion. Opportunities exist for the successful candidate to continue an active research and/or teaching program, but the focus of this appointment is its administrative duties.

Required Job Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to achieve complex goals and objectives, which is evidence of high-level leadership, communication, and management skills. Required qualifications include:

  • An earned PhD in crop science, soil science, agronomy or closely related field
  • Sustained record of scholarly excellence necessary for meeting qualifications as a Professor with tenure in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at CSU
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and guide more junior professionals (e.g., faculty) in their career pathways and development.
  • Experience in collaborative priority setting and decision making
  • A clear vision of a land grant university’s future role in soil and crop sciences as it relates to instruction, research, Extension and stakeholder engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to adaptively manage resources in order to take advantage of opportunities with creativity and innovation
  • Ability to interact with agricultural and natural resource stakeholders in developing research and industry initiatives of local, national and global importance
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Job Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles and strength of diversity in people and programs as indicated by an ability to effectively relate to diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences, successful international and cultural experiences and collaborations
  • Demonstrated excellence with global research and engagement programs
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully allocating, directing and monitoring large-scale, annual budgets
  • Evidence of working collaboratively with partners including: industry (e.g., agribusiness and/or commodity organizations); local, state or national government agencies (e.g., USDA agencies); and non-governmental entities (e.g., land trusts, public and private foundations)
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research including multi-state and/or multi-agency efforts
  • Evidence of leading and/or significant contributions to institutional development such as fundraising, collaborations and contracts.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please provide requested application materials no later than September 15, 2017. Materials include:

  • A cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications;
  • Current curriculum vitae limited to 10 pages;
  • A vision statement for the future of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences of no more than two (2) pages (under “Special Required Documentation”); and
  • A one-page statement of your administrative philosophy (under “Other”).

Please also provide contact information for three (3) references, including your professional relationship with each reference listed. References may be contacted at a semi-finalist or finalist stage; references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.