Assistant Professor of Extension - Tenure Track

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Fairbanks, AK
  • Apr 22, 2021
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture

Job Description

 Job no:  516742
Classification:  Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:  UNAC Grade 30
Work type:  Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:  University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:  UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
Location:  Fairbanks
Categories:  Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Education/Instructional


Teaching responsibilities will include informal workshops, courses, conferences and the district and statewide Master Gardener Program. May participate in educational programs by serving as chair and member on undergraduate projects and graduate student committees, supervising thesis, dissertation, and publishing research results with students if appropriate.Essential

Assess community/state needs and opportunities related to sustainable food systems, commercial agriculture, home gardening, specialty non-food crops, etc. Design and conduct integrated Extension programs to address high priority horticulture and agriculture problems/issues statewide. Lead and collaborate with Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension faculty and staff and other University faculty and staff to satisfy the needs of statewide clientele through program development including, but not limited to, needs assessments, grant writing, and other targeted activities associated with CES educational efforts Design and deliver presentations, posters, Extension bulletins, videos and other electronic media for public education. Create and publish technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles. Collaborate with and provide support for other campus and statewide faculty and professionals and work as part of multi-disciplinary teams. Develop plans to reach under-served/under-represented audiences; ensure compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity and civil rights requirements. Compile and submit reports as requested or required (Civil Rights, Program Impact, and Plan-of-Work). Provide leadership and coordination for community groups (Master Gardener, agricultural cooperatives, etc). Respond to public requests for information by phone, email, text etc. Develop and maintain professional relationships demonstrating courtesy, civility and mutual respect and share in office management and administrative tasks with co-workers. Seek external funding and grant opportunities to support and expand CES programs and abilities to serve the community. Contribute to University, Institute, and District in self-governance, planning and administration. Participate within others in the Tanana District and statewide CES to establish, assess and evaluate program needs, direction and effectiveness. Perform other reasonably related duties as assignedEssential

The Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension houses the Cooperative Extension Service and the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.  UAF's extension is part of the largest informal education system in the world, connecting Extension programs at land-grant colleges and universities in every U.S. territory and state.  This faculty position is part of the Cooperative Extension Service which was established in 1930 and maintains staff throughout the state in Anchorage, Bethel, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, Nome, Palmer, Sitka, Soldotna and affiliate offices with the Tanana Chiefs Conference and Eielson Air Force Base.


  • Strong understanding of sustainable food systems and high latitude plant and food crops;
  • Academic training and/or demonstrated ability to conduct effective agriculture and horticulture Extension programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to assess educational needs of clientele and to conceptualize, implement and evaluate program results in relation to program goals and objectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences on a broad range of subject matter, both orally and in writing;
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively in cross-cultural environments;
  • Experience in grant proposal preparation and management;
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively;
  • Willingness to respond quickly to client information requests and to adjust work schedule to meet client needs;
  • Ability to advocate for the University.
  • Ability to travel, usually requiring a valid driver's license, both in- and out-of-state.


  • Successful experience providing informal community based education and working with diverse public audiences.
  • Experience providing evidence-based recommendations and applying discipline-specific knowledge and compiling research-based information.
  • Established record of effectiveness in Extension educational programming and undergraduate teaching, including the utilization of technology for academic and/or Extension instruction.
  • Preference given to candidates with experience working in applied plant science in high latitude environments.
  • Experience working with private and public external constituencies.


  • Minimum of a Master's degree in food systems, horticulture, agronomy, sustainable agriculture, environmental science, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering or closely related discipline.
  • PhD highly preferred.

The review of this posting will start on May 3, 2021. For consideration, please apply by May 2, 2021 11:59 pm with cover letter and Curriculum Vitae. Please note a public presentation may be part of the selection process. This is a full-time position with benefits including medical, dental, vision, retirement, faculty time off and tuition waiver for employee and family.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

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Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

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