The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center headquartered in Verona, MS serves the education and research needs of agriculture in Northeast Mississippi. It includes Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station personnel focused on work in horticulture, agronomy, animal science, forestry, wildlife, family life, community development, nutrition education, and youth development. The Center is the home to the Northeast Extension Region which includes Extension offices 22 counties in Northeast Mississippi. Four branch experiment stations located in Verona, Pontotoc, Prairie, and Holly Springs, MS are an integral part of the Center. The station at Verona includes a Horticulture Unit and is home to the Magnolia Botanical Garden.
Area of Specialization:
Master Gardener Program
Anticipated Appointment Date:
July 1, 2018
Tenure Track Status:
12-month tenure-track position
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The incumbent is expected to collaborate with other faculty at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center and with research and extension specialists from other locations, as appropriate, to develop an effective, nationally-recognized extension program.
Specifically, the successful candidate will:
1. Provide statewide leadership to the Mississippi Master Gardener and Junior Master Gardener Programs and serve as a resource to County Extension Agents.
• Ensure that Master Gardener education is appropriately represented in the statewide Extension Plan of Work. This includes timely needs-based program planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
• Develop and implement in-service training to Extension Agents on Master Gardener educational programs
• Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other faculty in implementing Master Gardener educational programs
• Coordinate updating of Master Gardener program materials and administrative manuals
• Serve as a liaison with the Mississippi Master Gardener Association
• Teach some Master Gardener classes
• Maintain official records of volunteer contributions
• Participate in state and national Master Gardener conferences and serve on appropriate committees
• Contribute to the overall Extension volunteer management program
2. Provide leadership for a comprehensive horticulture program serving industry and consumers in the Extension Northeast Region
• As a horticulture team member, provide horticulture subject matter expertise and train-the-trainer training for extension agents and volunteers
• Develop program curriculum and serve as a resource person in all areas of horticulture, emphasizing the needs of Northeast Mississippi
• Provide educational support to 4-H horticulture programming
• Perform other duties to support Extension programming as assigned
3. Serve as a productive Extension faculty member
• Participate in the Plant Systems Extension program planning team
• Secure extramural funding to support Extension programming in horticulture
• Demonstrate scholarly activity via publication in appropriate academic journals
• Demonstrate a commitment to service through activities such as participation on department, college, and university committees and via service to appropriate professional associations
• Contribute to a collegial work environment and foster productive working relationships with Extension Agents, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders
• Build a nationally-recognized Extension program
A Ph.D. degree in Horticulture, Agricultural Information Science, or closely related field is required. The successful candidate will have a practical knowledge of horticulture, enabling him/her to work with public and private entities and Master Gardeners in Mississippi to develop a robust horticulture education program. Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills are required for the position.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
ABDs will be considered for this position.
Two or more years of professional experience in Extension education and coordination of volunteer leaders is desired. Candidates with professional experience with Master Gardener educational programming are preferred. Candidates with a demonstrated track record of successful collaboration with faculty with horticulture responsibilities are preferred.
Instructions for Applying:
Attach to the online application a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college and university work, and names and contact information for three professional references. Inquiries can be emailed to Dr. Jane Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Jane Parish at 662-566-2201. A review of applications will begin June 25, 2018, however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.