Biology (FAC2021-345)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Monterey Bay
  • Seaside, California
  • Oct 31, 2021
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description

Assistant or Associate Professor of Crop Management

Priority Screening Date: 08/17/2021

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB ( is a mid-sized comprehensive masters/baccalaureate granting university committed to serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class, historically underserved, and low-income populations. Our staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement in its regional community. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students with plans for growth.

The university Strategic Plan includes the inclusive excellence priority of strengthening "...recruitment, retention, and professional development of a diverse faculty, staff, and administrators." The university's faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working about one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below market rate campus housing, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. By 2030, CSUMB's sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral.

The Department of Biology and Chemistry at California State University, Monterey Bay invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant, or associate professor rank to begin in January or fall 2022. We are seeking candidates with expertise in crop production and management to provide leadership in building our bachelor's degree program in Agricultural Plant and Soil Science and to establish an applied research program aligned with the needs of the region's unique agricultural industry. The ideal candidate will collaborate with local industry, agencies and organizations to integrate problem solving, communication, applied science and technology, and hands-on learning throughout the curriculum.

Known as the "Salad Bowl of the World", the Salinas Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, and with proximity to Silicon Valley in the north, has become a hub for the AgTech industry. Ideal candidates will recognize the unique nature of our local agricultural industry and the extraordinary opportunity it affords. As a member campus of the CSU Agricultural Research Institute, our campus receives annual funding to support applied agricultural research. Additionally, there is the potential for additional support from a generous industry partner for research activities that support the agricultural community.

CSUMB values an educational environment of cultural and linguistic diversity and gender equity; ethical reflection and practice; effective and experimental use of technologies as resources for people and catalysts for learning; and the integration of cross-disciplinary models enabling students, faculty and staff to engage in innovative instruction and coordinated service learning.

• Contribute to ongoing development of a B.S. program in Agricultural Plant and Soil Sciences;
• Teach upper-division and lower-division courses related to crop production and agricultural management;
• Maintain an active, extramurally funded research program relevant to regional agriculture.

• Ph.D. from an accredited university in Crop Science, Agronomy, Plant Science, Soil and Crop Water Management, or closely related field by time of appointment;
• Broad knowledge and prior experience in ag-related industry, ag extension, or applied research experience in vegetable crop and/or berry production;
• Ability to secure extramural funding to to establish an independent program and support active research projects in area of expertise, relevant to regional agricultural needs;
• Commitment to undergraduate education and mentoring;
• Experience working effectively in an ethnically and culturally diverse community;
• Ability to provide leadership as well as to work collaboratively as part of a diverse and multidisciplinary team;
• Strong oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills;
• Ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities.

• Ability to communicate in Spanish;
• Experience teaching and/or mentoring, in academic, extension, or industry setting;
• Ability to facilitate innovations in regional agriculture.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

There are components of this job which are deemed essential on campus. This position will primarily work on the main campus, with occasional work from home. This position requires working on campus with students. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. In the fall, students, faculty, staff, and the community can expect that masks will be required and that the appropriate degree of social distancing will be in place in all areas based on evolving guidance. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to campus. All community members who work or attend class on campus should expect to participate in a random or periodic testing system. CSUMB will communicate more information about vaccination requirements and testing protocols when the details become available.

For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389.

CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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