Summary of Duties: The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic potato research team comprising WSU and USDA scientists over several academic units based in Pullman and the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA. Washington is the second largest producer of processing potatoes in the United States and also has substantial table and seed potato production. The successful candidate is expected to participate in transdisciplinary teams, collaborate with faculty at WSU as well as with state, federal, and industry scientists in the region. Potential research areas may include, but are not limited to: etiology, ecology, epidemiology, diagnostics, and population biology of pathogens relevant to processing, table, and seed potato production in Washington. The successful candidate is expected to acquire competitive grant funding from national, regional, state, and industry sources and to develop an extension outreach program relevant to the PNW potato industry.
Teaching duties include an introductory undergraduate plant pathology course and/or graduate level course in the candidate's area of expertise. The person filling this position is expected to serve as an effective mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students and to serve as major advisor and committee member for students working toward M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to student recruitment and retention, and participate in departmental, university, and professional service activities. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a program of research and outreach consistent with the mission of the WSU Agricultural Research Center CAHNRS Office of Research
Required Qualifications: 1. An earned doctorate in plant pathology or related field at the time of hire. 2. Evidence of research productivity commensurate with career level. 3. Ability to develop an original research and extension program addressing the biology and management of plant diseases. 4. Ability to develop a dynamic and innovative teaching program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carne...gie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.