Katherine H. Littlefield Endowed Professor of Plant Science
Delaware Valley University
May 1, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Area of Focus:
This is a full-time 12 month endowed tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor that reports to the Chair of the Plant Sciences Department.
Responsibilities of this hire will be primarily to teach courses in hydroponic agriculture as well as assist in the creation of the pertinent curricular development for a hydroponics specialization in the Plant Science Department as well as coursework in aquaponics and urban agriculture. The Professor will also have the opportunity to establish a research and development program with emphasis on exploration of the feasibility of novel hydroponic crops as well as studies in determining increased efficiencies of current production practices with established commodities.
Summary of Responsibilities:
Teach existing course in hydroponics and develop new courses
Actively participate in scholarly activities in the area of hydroponics
Participate in professional development activities and service to the institution
Collaborate with fellow faculty and the Greenhouse Manager to coordinate use of the hydroponic facilities for teaching, research, development and production
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
A Ph.D. in Plant Science, Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering or related fields with hydroponics experience is required
Demonstrated teaching ability in hydroponics and related controlled environments
Must possess scientific writing and technical presentation skills with a record of scholarship
Proven ability to work collaboratively and have excellent interpersonal skills
Successful candidate must pass a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Background Check as well as corresponding clearances from the successful candidate’s state of residence, if not Pennsylvania.
Specific Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Teaching and research experience in related areas of hydroponics
Prior experience teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels
Expertise in biological engineering
Evidence of successful scholarship in hydroponics and greenhouse production
Hydroponic crop production experience
Experience with the best practices associated with greenhouse production
Understanding of GAP certification and relevant associated processes
Experience in experimental design, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation and submission
Familiarity with data analysis
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Working Conditions and Frequently Used Tools:
Office, library, computer room, greenhouse
Typically sitting at a desk or table
Typically standing or walking
Occasionally lifting 25 lbs. or less
NFT and Dutch Bucket hydroponic systems with associated electronics
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Please attach the following via the on-line application system: 1) letter of interest including teaching philosophy, 2) current vita, 3) Statement of Professional Development Goals, and 4) copies of all transcripts. When prompted during the on-line application process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references.
Only complete application materials will be considered.
Delaware Valley University reserves the right to revise, change or modify job responsibilities and position qualifications as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
Delaware Valley University is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce.
Internal Number: 1211
About Delaware Valley University
Delaware Valley University is an independent, nonprofit university located in the charming town of Doylestown, Pa. Originally an agricultural college, DelVal was founded in 1896 and has grown into an academically rigorous interdisciplinary college dedicated to the sciences and liberal arts. As our founder, Joseph Krauskopf once said, we take "science with practice" seriously. Today, our more than 1,000 acres of land is a testament to our mission to provide a functional learning environment for our students, serving as an outdoor classroom for several of our fields of study.