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Irrigation / Water Management, Assistant Professor

Position Deleted on 12/27/2011. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Fresno, CA
Faculty - Engineering - Agricultural
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
California State University, Fresno
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Plant Science
Vacancy # 11729

Irrigation / Water Management
Assistant Professor
- Academic Year

California State University, Fresno is a learning-centered University. We believe learning thrives when a strong and active commitment to diversity is shared by all. This is because learning can only take place in a climate where differing positions are welcome, and diversity of all kinds is valued by everyone.
  • Available for Academic Year: 2012/2013.
  • Fresno State has been recognized in the Community Engagement classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Fresno State has been recognized by the Federal government as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).
  • Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
  • Workload is 80% (12 WTU per semester) teaching, advising, and university service and 20% (3 WTU per semester) Assistant Director of Research of the Center for Irrigation Technology.
  • Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.
  • Instructional Level: Undergraduate and Graduate
  • Part of a University-wide Water Cohort 2012
Position Characteristics: The successful candidate will normally teach introductory and advanced courses in irrigation systems and agricultural water management. The teaching assignment may also include other undergraduate and graduate courses depending on candidate background and department needs. In the first year, the College typically reduces the teaching load by 3 WTUs per semester (20%) to allow new faculty extra start-up time for teaching, scholarly work, research, and other professional development efforts. Other expectations include, but are not limited to, actively engaging in research, advising students, supervising graduate theses, participating in program development and committee service at all levels of university governance. The faculty member is expected to secure external research funding, publish research results in refereed journals, and participate in professional meetings. Additional compensation may also be possible for summer teaching or administrative assignments. The successful candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance education mode and will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced and/or web-based instruction. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The position of Assistant Director for the Center of Irrigation Technology ( requires a demonstrated capacity to successfully manage budgets and personnel, demonstrated effective leadership, and excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will join a university-wide cohort of faculty that will develop teaching, research, and outreach initiatives that focus on water quality, technology, and management, including a new interdisciplinary Master's degree in water resource management. Over the next two years, we anticipate appointments in science education, geographic information systems, hydrology, engineering approaches to water management, business approaches to water management and marketing, irrigation technology, environmental journalism, and water and community health.

Academic Preparation: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in irrigation systems and water management, agricultural biosystems engineering, or a related discipline by the starting date of the appointment is required for appointment to a tenure track position. Specialization in agricultural water use efficiency, agricultural water quality, or irrigation systems is desired. The successful candidate should be able to apply their expertise in irrigation and water management to the wide array of crops and irrigation systems found in California. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant post-doctoral experience.

Teaching Or Other Experience: The successful candidate must have an excellent record or potential for establishing an excellent record in university level instruction. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching, research, and scholarly activities, including successful grantsmanship and research publications. The preferred candidate would have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. For the Assistant Director of Research portion of the position, the successful candidate must have the ability to work in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams, build relationships with stakeholders, solicit external funding, and collaborate with other departments and colleges. The University is committed to promoting the success of all, and to reducing the barriers to success related to differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and more. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. For additional information on the University's commitment to diversity visit:

Equal Employment Opportunity: California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment on the basis of protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders. Further, California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

Application Instructions: To submit an on-line application for this position, visit our online employment site at (position # 11729). Attach the following to the online application: curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, three letters of recommendation, names and contact information for three references not writing letters of recommendation, and a cover letter discussing your teaching philosophy, research interests, and administrative experience are required for full consideration. Please have letters of recommendation sent directly to the search committee chair. Applications: Correspondence, applications, and confidential papers should be sent to: Dr. Jim Farrar, Search Committee Chair Department of Plant Science California State University, Fresno 2415 San Ramon Avenue, Mail Stop AS 72 Fresno, CA 93740-8033 Phone: (559) 278-2861 Fax: (559) 278-7413 e-mail:

Open Until Filled: To ensure the full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 11/28/2011. Searches automatically close on 4/1/2012 if not filled.

General Information:
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to offer high quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and master's levels, and in certain applied disciplines at the doctoral level. The current enrollment is approximately 20,000 students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, education, industry, business and government. The university was one of the first US Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its new Community Engagement Classification.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within easy driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, Lake Tahoe, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

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California State University, Fresno is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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