Department Head, Horticulture, Oregon State University
The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is excited to offer a leadership opportunity in the Department of Horticulture, a vibrant academic department that provides research, education and Extension services on the main OSU campus in Corvallis and several locations across the state.
This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month position that includes administration (65%), program development, and outreach.
The Department Head supervises ~50 professors, extension specialists and agents, instructors, and staff members, reporting to the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. We seek applicants at the level of full professor with diverse life experiences that can help shape and guide department operations, strategic planning, and partnerships with external stakeholders, with a strong commitment to inclusive excellence. With its diversity of agricultural production and mild climate that allows year-round production, the Willamette Valley of Oregon is renowned as a horticulturalist's paradise, with a prolific array of crops, plants, climates, gardens, and people interested in a tremendous diversity of enterprises, applications, and activities. Over 170 specialty crops are grown for seed as well as for commercial production, offering tantalizing flavors, color, taste, and nutrition that contribute to healthy foods and lifestyles. The Department maintains extension volunteer training programs, including Master Gardener, Master Beekeeper, and Master Melittologist, with extensive public outreach through established and active social media channels. The Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture provides a learning laboratory for sustainable horticultural practices in rural and urban landscapes. We are a highly successful research department with grant expenditures exceeding $9M in 2022. With over 350 undergraduate majors on campus and online and more than 50 graduate students and post docs, we are also one of the largest academic programs in the College.
The College of Agricultural Sciences is Oregon's principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, sustainable land and water use, environmental quality, natural resources, and rural economies and communities. Oregon State is an international public university in a select group of only 28 universities in the United States to earn a community engagement classification while holding a "very high research activity" classification, both from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 3 universities in the U.S. with Land, Sea, Space and Sun Grant designation. Corvallis lies in the heart of the Willamette Valley, about 80 miles south of Portland, Oregon, and is regularly listed as one of the best college towns in America.
OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
Full consideration application deadline: 16 September 2023.
Closing date: 20 September 2023.
To apply, follow this link: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/140963