Assistant Professor, Urban & Community Agriculture

Calif. State Polytechnic Univ. Pomona in California

Deadline March 01, 2014
Date Posted December 20, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary 62,000-65,000
Employment Type Full-time

The Plant Science/Agribusiness Management/Ag Science Department of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position (9-month academic year appointment) at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2014. Candidates with specializations in Agribusiness Management /Urban and Community Agriculture/ Horticultural Science are encouraged to apply.

The Position

Teaching:  The new faculty member will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses with an emphasis in Agribusiness Management/Agricultural Economics and/or Horticultural Science, particularly related to Urban and Community Agriculture. The new faculty member will be expected to participate in undergraduate student advising and also supervise undergraduate and graduate research projects. While the workload is based mostly on teaching and advising, research/scholarship and development of Urban and Community Agriculture coursework and projects is also expected, with the opportunity to increase emphasis in this area and substitute assigned teaching load through external funding support.
Service:  The new faculty member will demonstrate a commitment to university service and will be expected to participate in departmental curriculum development, program assessment and development, as well as department, college and university service through committee work, shared governance, and/or other related service as described in the Departments RTP Document.
Research/Scholarship:  The new faculty member will be expected to conduct research/scholarly activities commensurate with area of expertise and to pursue external funding and seek collaborations with faculty members in agribusiness and urban agriculture.  Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy or equivalent degree in Agribusiness Management/Agricultural Economics, Urban and Community Agriculture, Horticulture, Entomology or related field. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

University teaching experience Grant writing, research experience, publications Professional work experience

Application Procedure

A completed application will consist of: A cover letter that describes the candidates teaching and research experience/interests and addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description A current curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form, and includes the names, titles, email address, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidates potential for success in this position Three recent letters of recommendation addressing the candidates strengths relevant to the position A transcript showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists) Completed Application for Academic Employment for faculty searches can be found at the following location:
The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than March 1, 2014.  Early response is encouraged.  Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to:
Faculty Search Committee c/o Valerie J. Mellano, Ph.D. Chair of Search Committee Plant Science/Agribusiness Mgmt./Ag Science Department Cal Poly Pomona 3801 W Temple Ave Pomona, CA 91768 Telephone: (909) 869-2214 FAX: (909) 869-5036 Email:

About the University

Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic universities in California, is a member of the 23-campus California State University system. Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 21,000 enrolls in 60 baccalaureate, 26 masters degree programs and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,000 faculty. We recruit students increasingly from throughout California and beyond. The students are success and career focused and extremely diverse. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural, regions in the country, and within an hours drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.

About the College

The College of Agriculture was founded in 1938 and is the second largest by enrollment of five agricultural colleges in California. It is the sole provider of comprehensive agricultural programs focusing on the needs of the $1 trillion Southern California economy and its 21 million people. The College provides a unique integrative approach to agricultural education that recognizes the strong disciplinary interdependencies related to professional orientation and culture, basic societal needs, lifestyles, and social and environmental responsibility. The College is well positioned to meet the expanding demand for qualified graduates in highly specialized fields within the agricultural food, fiber, ornamental and animal industries. With an enrollment of almost 1800, which has grown over the last decade, the College has evolved in step with changing urban agricultural education needs. The Agriculture faculty recognizes the need for change and has continued to develop a vision for its future.

College distinctions include: One of four California State Universities sharing dedicated state funds for the Agricultural Research   Institute Largest four-year degree-granting College of Agriculture Hispanic Serving Institute in the U.S. Second largest accredited animal health science program in North America One of the largest animal and veterinary science undergraduate programs in the U.S. The only department-based apparel program in California and one of only 13 nationwide to be endorsed by The American Apparel & Footwear Association $8 million state-of the-art urban agriculture facility, AGRIscapes Home of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
For further information visit the College website at:

About the Department

The Plant Science/Agribusiness Management/Ag Science Department currently includes three majors: Plant Science, Agribusiness Management and Agriculture Science. The department serves approximately 350 undergraduate students and consists of 7 tenured/tenure-track faculty members.  Department resources include a 1,550-acre diversified farming laboratory/operation; AGRIscapes, a center for urban agriculture and horticulture including classrooms and 40,000 sq. ft. of modern greenhouses; an average of $70,000 per year in scholarship funds, a strong industry and seven decades of alumni.

Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.  Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the universitys annual security report is available at

 The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Http://

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