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Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension–Economics of Sustainable Agricultural Management

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 13th, 2018
Next review date: November 8th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Description

This is a 100% Cooperative Extension (CE) appointment, an academic position in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded, applied research program in the economics of sustainable agricultural management, and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to diverse clientele groups (e.g., farmers, grower/shippers, regulatory organizations, and policymakers). This individual will be expected to work closely with academic and extension colleagues, including academic senate faculty, government scientists, and other cooperative extension academics working in related fields (e.g. agricultural plant scientists including, but not limited to, agronomists, pomologists, vegetable crop scientists, and plant pathologists; entomologists; weed scientists; and agricultural engineers). In addition, advising and mentoring of graduate students is expected.

Specialists in Cooperative Extension (CE) provide statewide leadership to University colleagues, public agencies, community-based organizations, youth, consumers, and citizens in their area of expertise. The Specialist is expected to keep campus and county based University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) academics and clientele appraised of emerging issues and research findings and directions, conduct applied research and develop applications of research-based knowledge to specific problems, and provide educational leadership and technical information support for county-based CE academics and clientele. A Specialist in CE is a primary liaison between University research units and statewide clientele. The Specialist will be expected to provide leadership and participation in ANR Program Teams, workgroups, and Strategic Initiatives, work closely with CE academics toward the resolution of issues of regional and statewide importance, and coordinate statewide programming with UCCE and AES colleagues throughout California. The Specialist also identifies and considers the needs of all relevant major clientele groups in planning, developing, and executing applied research and education programs. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using four areas of expectation that include Extension Education, Applied Research, Professional Competence and Activity, and University and Public Service.

I. General disciplinary focus: The economics of sustainable agricultural management will be the focus of this position. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original applied research on issues and questions related to the economic assessment of existing agricultural systems as well as emerging technologies and practices anticipated to improve long-term agricultural sustainability and profitability.
II. Educational and professional background requirements: A minimum requirement is a Ph.D. in economics, agricultural economics, or a closely related field. The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to develop a successful independent research program in the area of the economics of sustainable agricultural management.
III. Supporting units: The duty station for this position will be at the UC Davis Campus and will be supported by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Specialists serve as an integral member of the faculty with appropriate support for office space and access to staff that will handle grant administration and personnel matters, among others.

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant rank in the field of agricultural economics with a specialization in the economics of sustainable agricultural management. The mission of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is to develop and disseminate comprehensive basic and applied knowledge in the fields of agricultural economics, development economics, and resource and environmental economics. A Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialist is being recruited to conduct original applied research to contribute to the available information available surrounding economic assessment of existing agricultural systems as well as emerging technologies and practices anticipated to improve long-term agricultural sustainability and profitability, and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to various clientele (e.g., farmers, grower/shippers, regulatory organizations, and policymakers) including under-represented groups. The successful candidate will bring visibility and leadership to campus- and county-based CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study of the economics of agricultural production systems, including shifts to new technologies and crops, which improve sustainability and profitability. Research and extension outreach activities will be closely integrated with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), including county-based CE academics and clientele as well as campus-based CE and ladder rank faculty. Advising and mentoring of graduate students is expected.

Responsibilities: This is a full time, career-track appointment that includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and ANR. Cooperative Extension Specialists have many of the same career opportunities and rights and privileges as faculty in the professorial ranks but do not have classroom teaching responsibilities, freeing them to do extension education and applied research with partners throughout California. The focus of this position will be on the economics of agricultural production systems, with a focus on sustainability. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original research in economics of agricultural production systems. By developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and with various stakeholders, the candidate should become a knowledgeable partner who can provide reliable information and build research-informed networks to address issues of regional and statewide importance in the state of California.

Extension Teaching: A person in this position is expected to provide leadership as a liaison between campus-based researchers, CE campus and county based academics, and clientele and colleague groups such as growers, grower organizations, agricultural technology firms, financial firms and other input suppliers, environmental organizations, and staff in State agencies including California Departments of Food and Agriculture, Water Resources, Pesticide Regulation, local governments, and other local groups and nonprofit organizations seeking information regarding the economics of alternative production systems to enhance productivity and achieve long-term agricultural sustainability. This will include providing information to clientele through print publications, web-based resources and in-person presentations, and serving as a resource for other CE academics.

Applied Research: The successful candidate will: 1) coordinate applied research related to the economics of sustainable agricultural management; 2) conduct, and publish the results of applied research or other creative activities designed to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability. Areas of emphasis may include any of the following:

Competitiveness and economic viability of agricultural production in California under alternative scenarios (e.g., technologies and/or crops) to enhance short term or long run sustainability.
Economic assessment of existing or emerging practices available to enhance productivity and sustainability.
Current agricultural production practices and how they can be adapted to changes in environmental conditions, climate alterations, etc. to enhance productivity, profitability, and consumer demand for sustainably produced food.
Professional Competence and Activity: The candidate will be expected to participate in professional society activities including presenting papers at national and international meetings; reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals in his/her area of expertise; and establishing productive working relationships with scientists and extension personnel in other states and countries. The goal would be to gain national and international recognition for scholarly contributions to the science and practices of agricultural and resource economics, as he/she advances to the higher ranks in the UC system.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in economics, agricultural economics, or other closely related discipline is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to develop a successful independent research program in the area of the economics of sustainable agricultural management.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Appointment Date: Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or soon after July 1, 2019.

Applications: Applications should be submitted on-line at http://recruit.ucdavis.edu/. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Tina Saitone, Search Committee Chair, saitone@primal.ucdavis.edu.

Applicants should submit: curriculum vitae, statement of research and extension interests and goals; a summary or abstract of the Ph.D. dissertation; statement of contribution to diversity, and three letters of recommendation. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by November 8, 2018.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second
person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.
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UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life
Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.
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UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

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Job location

Davis, CA

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More information about this recruitment: https://are.ucdavis.edu/

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research and Extension Interests and Goals

  • Summary or abstract of PhD dissertation

  • List of relevant publications (Optional)

  • Pub #1 (Optional)

  • Pub#2 (Optional)

  • Pub#3 (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_inclusion/index.html for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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