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Tenure track faculty in Agricultural Business 

Education:    See Description  

Experience:    See Description  

Appointment Date:    Position is available August 2015

Job Description:

Rank & Salary:
Assistant Professor of Agriculture, full-time, 9-month position. Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include attractive retirement, group life and group health insurance programs and a tuition assistance program for employees, spouses, and dependents.

Date of this Notice:
October 1, 2014

Job Description:
Instruction (60%): The successful candidate will teach a variety of agricultural business and agricultural economics courses (12 credit hours each semester). This individual also will participate in the department’s instructional outreach initiatives focused on providing coursework and degree programs through the University’s Virtual College. Teaching opportunities include theoretical and applied coursework, both on-campus and through distance education platforms, in the areas of commodity marketing, farm management, agricultural technology, livestock economics, global agricultural trade, agricultural cooperatives and rural development, and other courses based on interests and programmatic needs that complement the department’s applied academic programs. The successful candidate also will participate in undergraduate student advising. Scholarship (20%): The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of scholarly pursuit in his or her discipline area, preferably focused on topics of regional agricultural interest. Service (20%): The successful candidate will be expected to serve on department and university committees, and to participate in other appropriate department, college, university, community, and professional service activities.

Ph.D. in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, or a related Agricultural area is preferred. Individuals nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD), or possessing the M.S. degree with experience, will be considered at the instructor rank. The candidate must have a strong commitment to undergraduate education, possess strong communication skills, and be able to work well with students and department faculty and staff.  

A teaching background at the college or university level and/or business experience in the agriculture industry is highly desirable. Education and/or experience in small grain and livestock commodity marketing and a knowledge of production agriculture in the mid-western U.S. or Great Plains region is preferred.

Send a letter of application, vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, photocopies of all post-secondary transcripts (official transcripts are required at the time of employment), and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Dr. Craig Smith, Search Committee Chair, Department of Agriculture, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601-4099. Telephone: (785) 628-4196; fax: (785) 628-4183; e-mail: Priority will be given to applications received by January 15, 2015. Electronic applications are preferred and will be accepted until the position is filled. Successful finalists will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

The Department of Agriculture has seven full-time faculty positions, @ 280 undergraduate majors, and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Students who select the Agriculture major pursue program options in agricultural education, agronomy, animal science, and general agriculture. Five classified staff employees oversee individual operations (beef, sheep, swine, and dryland crop production) on a 3,825 acre University Farm. This facility is available to provide students with access to hands-on experiential learning opportunities that complement the classroom experience. See the department’s home page at for additional information.



Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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