Assistant Professor, High Latitude Range Management & Extension

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  • Job Number:518691
  • Classification:Term Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
  • Location:Nome
  • Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

The HLRM program is a part-time three-year program, including distance-delivered online courses and two-four intensive 6-9 day sessions annually. This program offers courses that are relevant to the Bering Strait region's residents; students will learn field-based techniques to identify, inventory, and monitor local plant and animal populations. Students will be trained in ecological concepts of sustained yield and resource management. Students will learn important reading, writing, mathematical, and human relation skills needed by entrepreneurs. This program has been brought together by local experts in ecological science, reindeer herding “masters”, and university faculty to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the fields of natural resource management and small business ownership. IANRE is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Duties:

49High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) is the signature program for Northwest Campus. It represents the most definitive, substantial commitment NWC has for providing relevant instruction and community development support to the Bering Strait Region. HLRM is focused on developing skills and knowledge important for the development of reindeer herding, which is historically important and economically valuable to the Bering Strait Region and is closely tied to NWC regional communities. Responsible for representing, promoting, and teaching HLRM courses virtually or face-to-face within the Bering Strait region. Development and instruction on reindeer related workshops for recruitment purposes. The faculty must be able to integrate on-going research activities especially those in the region with the curriculum. We want to partner HLRM and NWC students with local researchers.Essential
51Assess community/regional needs and opportunities related to education and training in agriculture and horticulture with a special emphasis on grazing animals and rangeland management in Northwest Alaska. Design, conduct, and coordinate Extension programming, in-person and virtually, to address issues of local and regional importance in areas of high latitude grazing management, rangeland ecology, sustainable agriculture, food systems, and horticulture. Extension programming content areas may also include home, health, and positive youth development, as determined by local and regional needs assessment. Create and maintain partnerships with individuals, groups, and organizations to provide high quality Extension education and coordinate through education networks (local, state, and nationally) to address important and emerging issues of local and regional concern. Lead and collaborate with the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension (IANRE) faculty and staff and other University faculty and staff to satisfy the needs of regional clientele through program development including, but not limited to, needs assessments, grant writing, research support, and other targeted activities associated with Extension educational efforts. Design and deliver presentations, posters, Extension bulletins, videos and other electronic media for public education. Create and publish technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles. Collaborate with and provide support for other campus and statewide faculty and professionals and work as part of multi-disciplinary teams. Develop plans to reach under-served/under-represented audiences; ensure compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity and civil rights requirements. Compile and submit reports as requested or required (Civil Rights, Program Impact, and Plan-of-Work). Provide leadership and coordination for community groups (Master Gardener, agricultural cooperatives, etc). Respond to public requests for information by phone, email, text etc. Develop and maintain professional relationships demonstrating courtesy, civility and mutual respect and share in office management and administrative tasks with co-workers. Seek external funding and grant opportunities to support and expand CES programs and abilities to serve the community. Contribute to University, Institute, and District in self-governance, planning, and administration. Participate with CES statewide to establish, assess, and evaluate program needs, direction and effectiveness. Perform other duties as assigned.Essential

Additional Position Information:

The position will be a 9-month, term appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor with approximately 51% devoted to extension/outreach activities and 49% to teaching. Additional contract extension may be provided as Extension funding allows. The incumbent may secure external funding through grants and contracts in collaboration with colleagues. The incumbent will be expected to establish a statewide extension program based on research-based information to address high priority issues such as local food production and provide assistance with rangeland ecology, horticulture and agriculture; provide training, resource materials, and technical assistance to statewide extension agents; procure program funding; and regularly participate in other scholarly and departmental activities. As a term faculty position, the candidate will be expected to achieve recognition for their efforts and to interact effectively with producers, industry leaders, government agencies, grower organizations, as well as other disciplines, and develop regional cooperation when feasible.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, technical writing, and public communication skills.

  • Self-motivation, direction, and skill in achieving goals and managing multiple tasks.

  • Ability to travel, usually requiring a valid driver's license, both in- and out-of-state.

  • Academic training and/or demonstrated ability to conduct effective agriculture Extension programs

  • Work schedule flexibility to meet client needs

  • Demonstrated ability to assess educational needs of clientele and to conceptualize, implement and evaluate program results in relation to program goals and objectives

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences on a broad range of subject matter, both orally and in writing

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and instruct both face-to-face and distance courses through a variety of delivery methods

  • Demonstrated experience working in rural Alaska

  • Experience in grant proposal preparation and management

  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively

  • Willingness to respond quickly to client information requests and to adjust work schedule to meet client needs

  • Ability to advocate for the University.

  • Working with diverse cultures and learning styles

  • Academic advising

  • Successful experience providing informal community-based education and working with diverse public audiences.

  • Experience providing evidence-based recommendations and applying discipline-specific knowledge and compiling research-based information.

  • Established record of effectiveness in Extension educational programming and undergraduate teaching, including the utilization of technology for academic and/or Extension instruction.

  • Preference given to candidates with experience working in applied plant science in high latitude environments.

  • Experience working with private and public external constituencies.

  • Demonstrated successful teaching/advising experience in at least two of the following fields:

    • Natural Resource Management with emphasis on resource inventory and sustainable utilization of local resources in rural Alaska.

    • Range Management with emphasis on developing range management plans for Alaskan livestock producers.

    • Animal science with emphasis on sustainable production of ungulates in a northern environment.

    • Meat production with emphasis on local production and marketing.

  • Ability to advise graduate student committees, supervise theses, dissertations, and publish research results with students, as appropriate.

 

Required Education or Training:

Minimum of a Master's degree in rangeland ecology, agronomy, natural resources, sustainable agriculture, environmental science, agricultural economics, or closely related discipline.
PhD highly preferred.

Position details:

This is a full-time, UNAC Grade 30, minimum $57,000.00 annual, 9-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Union representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Applicant instructions:

Please attach a CV, cover letter that includes a statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial transcript, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.  The cover letter should address all the required and preferred qualifications for the position and identify your areas of expertise and teaching/research interests as well as a statement on contributions to equity and diversity.  

Review Date:

This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on March 14th, 2022. To ensure consideration please apply by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, March 13th, 2022.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Term Position: This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

 

 

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