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Teaching Assistant Professor

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID353553

LocationTwin Cities

Job FamilyAcademic

Full/Part TimeFull-Time


Job Code9403T

Employee ClassInstr Fac/TC and Coord Cmp

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College/Admin Unit: College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Campus Location: St. Paul, MN
Appointment Type: Contract, non-tenure track
Appointment Term: 9-month

Position Overview:
Teaching professors fulfill essential and ongoing roles in the department's teaching mission by delivering courses in various focus areas of our curriculum and advising students in the Plant Science and Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture majors. Also, contributing to the education objectives of large multi-institutional grants is expected. This position is considered a long-term position with established promotional guidelines (Assistant, Associate, and Full Teaching Professor) and opportunities within the department. Performance of teaching professors is reviewed annually and approximately every four years for promotion.

Teaching will be in the Plant Science and Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture undergraduate majors. At least 12 credits of teaching is the expectation with other opportunities supporting the education objectives of large multi-institutional grants which could include developing educational modules, and leading efforts directed at broader impacts. Courses will be in the general area of agronomy/agroecology, plant development, crop physiology, international agriculture, and professional development.
Establish and maintain a highly visible and impactful teaching program that will contribute to both the Plant Science and Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture majors. Courses could include: "Crop Growth and Development," "Environment, Food Production and the Citizen, "Plant Production Systems," and "Agroecosystems of the World," as well as courses for non-majors. Part of the teaching program will include contributing to the education objectives of multi-institutional grants such as developing educational modules and leading efforts directed at broader impacts. Candidates are expected to pursue continuing professional development and to provide service to the teaching mission of the department. Examples of service to the teaching mission of the department include:

* Participation in department and college curriculum development
* Assist in providing mentorship to undergraduate students regarding broader academic or career goals
* Development and teaching of courses in the Plant Science and Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture majors
* Engagement in research and publication, and/or scientific creation associated with pedagogy.
* Participate in governance of the department, College, and/or University.
* Contribute to the development of the profession through participation in national and/or international associations, publications, and/or other related activities.
* Continue professional growth within the profession, keep current with the field, and broaden knowledge and expertise.
* Contribute to outreach activities that support the unit's mission.


Required Qualifications:
* Ph.D. degree in plant-related discipline associated with agriculture.
* University-level teaching experience in undergraduate and/or graduate courses.
* Demonstrated commitment to advancing and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion including the ability to work respectfully and effectively with individuals with diverse identities and underrepresented groups.

Preferred Qualifications:
* Experience developing and implementing curriculum using online teaching, technology-enhanced, and active learning pedagogical methods
* Evidence of skills in distance learning, developing web-based materials, and online teaching.
* Demonstrated professional development in pedagogy
* Research and publication experience in pedagogy

About the Department

Department Overview:
The Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics has 24 faculty members with strength in breeding, genetics/genomics, biotechnology, agronomy/agroecology, weed science and crop physiology. Faculty research programs are focused on improvement of traditional and emerging crops and developing agronomic practices for crops that are of key importance to agriculture in the upper Midwest. Faculty in the department are members of the Applied Plant Science, and Plant and Microbial Biology graduate programs. The faculty teach in the Plant Science, and Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture interdepartmental undergraduate programs.College Overview:
The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) is composed of 13 academic departments, 10 research and outreach centers across Minnesota, plus the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Bell Museum, and dozens of interdisciplinary centers that span the college, the university, and the globe. CFANS offers thirteen undergraduate majors and thirteen graduate majors, three pre-major/pre-professional programs and 23 minors for undergraduate students. Undergraduate enrollment in the college is about 2000 students. CFANS students are well-prepared for a diverse, multicultural workforce through the college's emphasis on experiential, interdisciplinary, and intercultural learning; internships and global perspectives.

At CFANS, we aim to inspire minds, nourish people, and enhance the natural environment, and we believe that's only possible if everyone feels seen, heard and respected. Our College embraces equity and diversity and prioritizes purpose-driven scientific discovery in order for us to build a better tomorrow, together. We align with the University of Minnesota in providing equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647). APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Candidates should include all of the required application materials combined into one single PDF document. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Required application materials:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 1 -2 page Teaching Statement
      • the teaching statement should highlight accomplishments, experience, philosophies, and interests
      • Diversity Statement
        • Please provide a diversity statement that details your professional experiences in DEI. Experiences may include:
          • Working with diverse communities or local organizations
          • Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the curriculum
          • Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into your research
          • Your own educational experiences, such as courses or workshops you have participated in and how you anticipate incorporating what you have learned in your future work
          • Letters of recommendation need not be submitted with your initial application and will be requested at the final interview stage. For questions regarding this position, please contact Search Committee Chair, Professor Kevin Smith (smith376@umn.edu). Submit applications by March 31, 2023.


            The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

            Employment Requirements

            Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

            Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

            About the U of M

            The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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