Professor - Thornton Distinguished Chair
Plant and Soil Science
Contributes to the university's mission through teaching, research and
service, some variation by academic unit.
About the Department and/or College
The Department of Plant and Soil Science is a comprehensive academic unit
conducting research and offering coursework and programs in several areas of
plant and soil sciences. There are 29 full-time faculty members and a student
body consisting of approximately 150 undergraduate and 120 graduate students.
B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees are offered in Plant and Soil Science.
Additionally, distance education courses and degree programs, along with four
certificate programs are offered. The department is research-intensive while
fostering strong teaching expectations and commitments. Students in the
department are educated to meet the challenge of using soil, water, and plant
resources for sustainable production and environmental quality.
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) is a
leading college at Texas Tech University with seven academic departments:
Agriculture and Applied Economics; Agricultural Education and Communications;
Animal and Food Sciences; Landscape Architecture; Natural Resources
Management; Plant and Soil Science; and Veterinary Sciences, as well as
multiple research centers and institutes. The CASNR Water Center coordinates
faculty who have water-related expertise and interests. For the most recent
academic year, the college had approximately 100 tenured/tenure-track faculty,
2,100 undergraduates, and 390 M.S. and Ph.D. students. CASNR has an annual
operating budget of more than $10M and approximately $21 million annually in
total research expenditures.
This is a 12-month, tenured, senior faculty position with primary
responsibilities for leading an internationally recognized program on
integration of forages into whole-farm systems of the Southern Great Plains of
North America. This program seeks to sustain the agricultural industry of this
region through the conservation of water and soil by long-term, agro-
ecosystems research. Responsibilities include teaching, research, service,
obtaining and managing large grants, and leading this highly visible program.
This position includes an expectation to teach formal undergraduate and
graduate courses and direct graduate student programs. Candidates must
demonstrate extensive experience in forage management, plant physiology, plant
and grazing-animal nutrition, and/or soil-forage-animal-environmental
interrelationships. The individual selected for this position will be heavily
involved in the Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems (TeCSIS)
and serve on the management team of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation
(TAWC) Program. These existing programs are composed of large teams that
include multi-disciplinary scientists, producers, private industry, government
agencies, and policymakers.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the experience of the
incumbent. This endowed position is currently supported with recurring funding
that is currently used to support a senior research associate and other
program and payroll expenses.
Candidates for the Professor - Thornton Distinguished Chair should
electronically submit by July 15, 2021 , a complete professional vita,
letter of intent, and names of five individuals who could be contacted as
references. Questions and correspondence on this position should be directed
to Dr. Peter Dotray (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Glen Ritchie
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the immigration status
necessary to accept full-time employment in the United States. Texas Tech
University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to
increasing the diversity of its faculty.
Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural
funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring
externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to
apply. Applicants will be expected to do service. Service duties include
program-building, as well as a commitment to extra-curricular activities.
Service to the department, college, and the university is expected.
Texas Tech University
Academic degree as defined by the academic unit and as appropriate for the
position held. Demonstrated record of effectiveness as a teacher, a record of
peer reviewed publication and/or peer-reviewed creative activity which has
contributed to the discipline or field of study, to the candidate's
intellectual and artistic development, and to the quality of the academic
enterprise; a record of professional service appropriate to the discipline;
promise of growth in teaching and research or artistic and creative activity
Ph.D. in forage management, plant physiology, plant, and grazing-animal
nutrition, or soil-forage-animal-environmental interrelationships.
Demonstrated communication skills with the ability to effectively
communicate with scientific audiences, producers and stakeholders, and
general audiences orally and in writing.
Demonstrated analytical skills, including the ability to quantify complex
interactions within controlled environments and in field production
Experience and leadership in independent and broad cross-disciplinary
Demonstrated ability to publish research findings in peer-reviewed
Demonstrated ability to secure competitive funding from national sources
Demonstrated teaching skills in forages, pasture crops, and pasture
Demonstrated an ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations.
International experience and collaboration with top international research
Integrative research experience in soil-plant-animal interactions.
Demonstrated ability to analyze big data sets.
Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation
students is highly desirable
Does this position work in a research laboratory?
Cover Letter, Professional/Personal References, Research Statement, Teaching
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual
selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the
institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the
institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.
Up to 25%
As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech
University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty
committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively
encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their
research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the
academic community at Texas Tech University. The university does not
discriminate on the basis of an applicant's race, ethnicity, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability,
genetic information or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes
consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.