Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Michigan State University
July 19, 2025
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Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Apply now Job no: 880086 Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources Department: Horticulture Anr 10002410 Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience Location: East Lansing Categories: Agriculture, Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 12-month tenure track Assistant Professor with a 70% Extension/outreach and 30% research assignment. The position start date is anticipated to be January 1, 2024, but will remain open until filled.

The successful candidate will oversee outreach and educational programming in, and coordinate future directions for, the garden activities and events associated with the Department of Horticulture. A major component (50%) of this position will be developing and delivering the educational programming for the 4-H Children's Garden. Additional responsibilities are the curatorial aspects of the Horticulture Gardens including the Annual Trial Gardens, the Judith DeLapa Perennial Display Gardens, the Rose Gardens, and the C.E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum. Our Horticulture Gardens have a long history of community and disciplinary engagement and outreach, and are managed by a professional staff of six horticulturists, in addition to an experienced cohort of volunteers, who are responsible for the day-to-day operations, events and maintenance of the Gardens.

The successful candidate will develop a nationally/internationally recognized program of peer-reviewed research and outreach scholarship, intramurally (4-H Foundation) and extramurally-funded through collaborative and/or independent efforts. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning through plants; public engagement in science, gardens and nature programming; field trip design and pedagogy; expanding/enhancing access to science education for underrepresented groups; educational technology integration with hands-on learning; gardens as tools for health, wellness, and ecosystem services; plant adaption to climate change; environmental education; etc.

This position is part of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute (CYI), as well as being tenured in the Department of Horticulture. As such, the incumbent is expected to develop scholarly collaborations among the MSU Landscape/Nursery/Floriculture faculty and statewide MSU Extension Educator teams to disseminate information to science educators, community groups, 4-H audiences and national organizations.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Identify, design, implement, and evaluate research-based educational and outreach programs for the Horticulture Gardens that meet current and projected needs related to gardens and gardening, utilizing the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden as a model.
  • Provide leadership and vision for the MSU Horticulture Gardens and the 4-H Children's Garden including planning, oversight and allocation of the endowment and revenue budgets.
  • Explore and implement programs that lead to changes in public knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors through collaboration in research, engagement with community members, and dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications.
  • Develop, produce, and deliver research-based educational materials and peer reviewed outreach and research articles with messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive to diverse audiences and is consistent with MSU Horticulture Gardens and 4-H Children's Garden mission.
  • Generate extramural funding to further support and expand the outreach/extension activities and programming in the Gardens, from federal and state agencies (e.g., NSF, USDA, NEEF, Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education, etc.).
  • Maintain and grow connections in conjunction with the Michigan 4-H Foundation, and CANR and MSU Development Offices to existing and new garden donors that expand 4-H Children's/Horticulture Garden funding.
  • Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness, and to guide future program priorities for the Department of Horticulture, MSU Extension, and Michigan 4-H Youth Development.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree

    Doctorate -Horticulture, Plant Biology ore related

    Minimum Requirements
  • Candidates must hold a doctoral/Ph.D. degree in Horticulture, Plant Biology, Science Education, or a related discipline.
  • Track record of accomplishment within their field of expertise.
  • Passion for public gardens and public/community horticulture.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge, skills, and passion for education and outreach.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, both as a team member and a leader.
  • Ability to work with children and the general public.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Administrative skills for overseeing budget and funding opportunities
  • Knowledge of and experience in public gardens and arboreta.
  • Experience/track-record in successful grant writing, attracting extramural support, and working with donor groups and organizations.
  • Knowledge/ experience in adult and youth education.
  • Expertise in, and connections to, multiple segments of horticultural industries such as floriculture, nursery/landscape, fruit, and vegetable production.
  • Experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of hands-on teaching/communication methods designed for broad student/stakeholder success.
  • Required Application Materials

    Upload the following required documents:

    a) letter of application that summarizes your (Outreach/Extension and Research) qualifications and accomplishments; b) current curriculum vitae; c) statements of Outreach/Research philosophy that highlights your experience and alignment with the position description and qualifications; d) a description of how you will contribute to our diversity, equity and inclusion goals; and e) contact information for three professional references.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Special Instructions

    The search committee will begin reviewing applications on September 30, 2023 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

    Review of Applications Begins On



    Department Statement

    Horticulture and plant science: MSU is a global leader in basic and applied plant science research, outreach and teaching, with over 150 plant science faculty members engaged in programs ranging from sustainable agriculture and ecology to breeding, genomics and biochemistry. State-of-the- art gardens, laboratories, and controlled environment- and field-based facilities are available for extension programming and research. Plant science faculty, staff, and students represent an inclusive, diverse community committed to the advancement of science and the recruitment and retention of persons from richly varied backgrounds and perspectives to maintain and enhance the excellence of the University.

    Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water and the environment. MSU enjoys a park‐like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of >500,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU's dual career support and other types of support for balancing work and personal lives at MSU can be found at https://

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view Horticulture's community norms and other DEI information at (https: // www.

    MSU Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Jul 19, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close: Jul 19, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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