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Assistant Professor (Tropical Cropping Systems) (#84320) Position Description

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The application collection portion of the recruitment for this position vacancy has concluded.

UH Hilo, College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Management Science (CAFNRM), full time, general funds, tenure-track, 9-month appointment, to begin approximately August 1, 2018, pending position clearance and availability of funding.

This position is part of a cluster of agricultural and natural resource scholars who focus on cross-disciplinary innovations and strategies to improve commercial agricultural sustainability in tropical islands. Success will be measured through high quality teaching and research based on modern scientific standards.


Teach CAFNRM core horticulture/agronomy courses, provide academic leadership in the plant science/agroecology area, and advise students. Develop and modify undergraduate courses emphasizing resilient crop production, crop improvement, post-harvest handling, and system efficiencies/precision farming. Facilitate opportunities for students, particularly freshmen, to link with farmers and other agricultural professionals through field trips and invited speakers. Carry out departmental and university service activities including engaging at the University Panaewa Farm.

Community demands for increased access to nutritious and safe locally grown food will require study of past and contemporary land use history in Hawai╩╗i as well as production dynamics in other tropical islands.

Obtain extramural support for applied research that leads to publications in peer-refereed journals and outreach media. This research should evaluate the interactions and dynamics of farming practices and Hawai╩╗iÔÇÖs human-influenced natural environments to facilitate development of more sustainable island agroecosystems and production landscapes.

Develop improved cultivation practices and rotations/fallows/cover plantings for important Hawai╩╗i crops including papaya, taro, sweet potato, maize, ginger root, cabbage, various cucurbits, etc. and greenhouse crops. Develop improved practices for enhancing soil quality/health and protecting crops against pests and diseases.

Collaborate with other UH Hilo programs on interdisciplinary courses and projects related to mutual areas of interest on sustainable food and cropping systems. Teach other related courses in crop production and management to support curriculum needs. Participate in campus sustainability planning efforts and internship programs which facilitate student development of critical skill sets in agroecology and crop production.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. from a college or university of recognized standing in agricultural sciences, natural resource management, or related fields with an emphasis on tropical/subtropical-or-humid temperate region crops and their production systems. ABD may be considered, but all degree requirements must be completed at the time of hire.

Demonstrated high-quality teaching experience. Demonstrated knowledge of crop science and crop improvement, farming system efficiencies/precision farming, and field plot techniques. Demonstrated experience in collaborative research and interests in strengthening interdisciplinary study of tropical island food security across the university. Ability to teach a variety of lower and upper division crop production and agroecology courses at the University level.

Experience with sustainable crop production practices including conventional, organic, and integrated agricultural methods.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with project management experience working effectively with diverse groups of stakeholders including students, colleagues, farmers, industry organizations, indigenous populations, and immigrants.

Desirable Qualifications

Demonstrated knowledge of land use management practices and agricultural production systems of tropical islanders in traditional, historic, and contemporary times.

Demonstrated knowledge of postharvest physiology and food safety.

Demonstrated knowledge of rural economic development and global food systems.

Experience with state of the art greenhouse systems.

Demonstrated experience working with undergraduates in hands-on training in the field and laboratory.

Evidence of scholarly achievement, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Experience in obtaining extramural funds.

Experience developing and teaching distance education courses using modern technology interfaces.

Experience leading or participating in international research, education or development activities.

Experience designing and developing curriculum and coursework in agroecology, cropping systems and improvement. Research and experience in Hawai╩╗i, Oceania, or island Southeast Asia. Familiarity with the agriculture (contemporary and historic), ecosystems, and rural communities in these regions. Exemplary professional teaching record.

Pay Range

Commensurate with training and experience

Applications (How to Apply)

A complete application must include: letter of application addressing how minimum and desirable qualifications are met; curriculum vita; transcript(s) showing degrees and course work appropriate to the position (copies are acceptable; however official transcripts will be required prior to employment); and three (3) current letters of recommendation. All requested documents/information become the property of the UH Hilo. Failure to submit printed copies of all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete and will not be considered. Electronic submissions will be accepted and should be sent to: with subject line ÔÇť#84320ÔÇŁ. Application Address: Bruce W. Mathews, Dean, CAFNRM, University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo, 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Inquiries (General)

Bruce W. Mathews,

Please refer to position #84320 when making inquiries.

Application Deadline

April 10, 2018

Important Information

The official advertisement can be found at NEOGOV.

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Individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process are encouraged to contact the EEO/AA coordinator(s) for the respective campus.

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