Turfgrass Instructor in the Agricultural Technology Program [associates degree program]

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Instructor (Open Rank)
Job no: 514743
Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Agriculture Technology 2-year Prog.
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description
The Agricultural Technology program (AT) is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Virginia Tech. The AT program consists of two years of education, leading to an Associate of Agriculture Degree. Its primary purpose is to provide students with the practical experience needed to be productive in the many careers within the Agricultural Industry. The AT program is seeking applicants for an academic year, nontenure track, instructor position for the Landscape and Turfgrass Management (LTM) option.

The faculty member will be expected to teach three to four courses per semester. Specific courses will include but are not limited to: Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management, Golf and Sports Turf Management, Turfgrass Capstone, Soils and Nutrient Management, and Irrigation and Drainage. Additional responsibilities will include coordination for diversity and inclusion activities for the program. This person will advise turfgrass emphasis students. Assistance with curriculum revision, recruitment, marketing, and alumni relations is an expectation. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Required Qualifications
Master’s degree in Turfgrass Sciences or related agricultural field (horticulture, plant sciences, etc.); Experience in teaching related coursework; Demonstrated success in teaching with styles and methods that emphasize hands on, practical, science-based learning experiences; A strong background in turfgrass management; Excellent communication, human relations, and leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience teaching in a postsecondary setting; Related industry experience.

nt Type
Salary Information
Commensurate with experience

Review Date
February 12, 2021

Additional Information
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
About Virginia Tech
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Advertised: December 15, 2020