Assistant/Associate Professor of Dryland Cropping Systems Agronomist
Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

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270-NN - Assistant Professor

Business Title:

Assistant/Associate Professor of Dryland Cropping Systems Agronomist

Additional Titles:

280-NN - Associate Professor



Employee Type:


Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The Opportunity:

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University is excited to announce we are hiring an Assistant/Associate Professor, Dryland Cropping Systems Agronomist, located in Lind, WA. Come work in a highly productive agriculture department surrounded by some of the most productive dryland cropping systems in the nation! The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized and integrated Research-Extension program in dryland cropping systems agronomy with focus on the low and intermediate rainfall zones. Acquisition of competitive extramural funding from state, regional, and national agencies, and agricultural industry stakeholders, will support this comprehensive program. Along with disseminating results of research to the scientific community through peer-reviewed journals, the incumbent will partner with county and departmental Extension faculty and disseminate information through Extension media to grower organizations, presentations at scientific conferences and grower meetings, and at stakeholder field days.

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences supports opportunities for faculty to work collaboratively with other scientists, extension professionals, crop consultants, the grower community, and other stakeholders. We are looking for diverse candidates to apply their skills and knowledge to address the opportunities and challenges associated with dryland cropping systems in Washington. Research and extension emphases may include, but are not limited to, conservation till/no-till management practices to reduce wind erosion and store more soil water, crop rotations using alternative crops such as winter pea, triticale, and canola, in-depth measurement of soil water dynamics and crop water use, assessing effects of crops and cropping systems on soil health/quality, and determining the effects of cultivar x sowing depth x soil water potential on seedling emergence. There are multiple, ongoing long-term cropping systems experiments, with the opportunity to continue these, as well as start new projects. Teaching responsibilities include the mentoring of graduate students, as well as participation in course delivery as needed by the department.

This position will also have a small administrative responsibility, serving as the Director of the Lind Dryland Research Station (four full-time employees), as well as managing four endowments that provide funding to the research station and research projects. The main crop of focus will be winter wheat, in conjunction with various rotational crops planted in many different cropping systems. Strong commodity support exists for these crops, and this position is expected to have robust collaborations with growers and other researchers.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Plant Science, or a closely related discipline with research emphasis in agronomy, completed by August 1, 2022.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences using oral and written forms.

  • For Associate Professor rank, candidate must currently hold Associate Professor rank and be tenured and at their university/institution, or at least 6 years' experience as an Assistant Professor or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in field research with a variety of dryland crops, including ability to conduct efficient and effective cropping systems field experiments (plot establishment, data collection, and analysis);

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and lead an interdisciplinary research program;

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies;

  • Record of competitive grant success commensurate with career level;

  • Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarship commensurate with career level;

  • Demonstrated experience supervising support staff and students;

  • Demonstrated effectiveness teaching and/or student mentoring;

  • Demonstrated experience with delivery and assessment of Extension/outreach programming.


Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) are committed to improving the long-term sustainability of agricultural systems through research, teaching, and extension. Our department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Crop Science and Soil Science, with 100 graduate students currently enrolled. In addition, we host graduate students pursuing an M.S. in Agriculture. Undergraduate students can select B.S. programs in Agricultural and Food Systems (with majors in Agricultural Education; Agricultural Technology and Production Management; Agricultural and Food Business Economics; Organic and Sustainable Agriculture; and Agriculture and Food Security) and Integrated Plant Sciences (with majors in Agricultural Biotechnology; Field Crop Management; Fruit and Vegetable Management; Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management; Viticulture and Enology; and Turfgrass Management). Facilities include a 30-acre organic farm on the Pullman campus, five dryland agronomy farms within a 120-mile radius of Pullman, and labs and farms at research centers in Mount Vernon, Puyallup, Prosser, and Wenatchee. Partnerships with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory, the University of Washington, and other universities, commodity commissions, the agriculture industry, and family farms result in well-rounded and timely research, successful outreach, and opportunities for student internships. For more information, visit


The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 12 academic units, 3 extension program units, 4 research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and 1 tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university's land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe. For more information, visit


Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into 10 academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 21,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all. For more information, visit and


Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children. To learn more about the Pullman community, visit:

Additional Information:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.2, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at Please contact HRS at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.


College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department Name:

Crop and Soil Sciences

City, State, Zip:

Pullman, WA 99164-6420

Department Link:

Monthly Salary:

Commensurate upon qualifications and experience



Tenure Track:


Position Type:


Screening Begin Date:

This position has been posted as Open until Filled with the screening of applications beginning on May 23, 2022.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) Curriculum vitae, 2) cover letters describing your training, qualifications, and interest in the position, 3) Teaching statement (1 page maximum) addressing your experience, philosophy, and pedagogical approaches, 4) Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement (1 page maximum) describing your past experiences, current interests/activities, and/or future foals to promote a climate that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 5) Names and contact information for four (4) professional references.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

For questions about the position contact Dr. Arron Carter, Search Committee Chair, at

Required Documents:

1) Curriculum vitae

2) Cover letter describing your training, qualifications, and interest in the position

3) Teaching statement (1 page maximum) addressing your experience, philosophy, and pedagogical approaches

4) Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement (1 page maximum) describing your past experiences, current interests/activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion

5) Names and contact information for four professional references.

Please note: References will be embedded in the applications, but a total of four (4) references must be attached as a document.

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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