Assistant / Associate Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011100 - Plant and Soil Sciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is Mississippi's senior comprehensive land-grant institution and has the largest on-campus enrollment (>22,000) of the eight state institutions of higher learning. All components of the university have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has 31 onĀ¬ and 26 off-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, extension and/or service programs, most of whom carry joint appointments. The programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and trained support and professional staff. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems, with Master's or Doctoral graduate students concentrating in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science. Turf students earn a degree in Agronomy with an emphasis in Golf and Sports Turf Management. The MSU Golf and Sports Turf Management program was one of the first teaching programs established in the southeast and is nationally regarded among the best undergraduate teaching programs with over 450 graduates, many of whom are prominent turf managers throughout the world. Current enrollment is 19 undergraduates and 5 graduate students. Within PSS, the "turf team" consists of two full time tenure track faculty, an extension turfgrass specialist, a senior research associate, and a full time technician. In addition, other faculty and staff (pathologist, entomologist, weed scientist, golf course superintendent, sports turf manager, diagnostic labs, etc.) are directly involved and are integral parts of the turf program. On-campus research facilities include over 7 acres of maintained turf, including more than an acre of sand based putting greens. In addition, the university golf course and athletic fields provide part-time employment and learning/research experiences for students. In the past, the breeding program has released 4 patented bermudagrass cultivars, 2 St. Augustinegrass cultivars, and heat tolerant and brown patch resistant bentgrass germplasm. Visit the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences online at:

Area of Specialization:

Turfgrass Breeding

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2020

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure-track 12-month position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The program will use both traditional and advanced methods for improving quality traits, resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses (weeds/disease/insect), and improving aesthetic quality of turfgrasses. The specific appointment could vary based on the expertise and experience of the individual but will begin at approximately 75/25% research/teaching. The successful candidate will conduct a broad range of cooperative, industry focused, problem oriented, field and laboratory research projects in support of the turfgrass industry in Mississippi and beyond. Responsibilities will also include the development and teaching of courses in turfgrass management, turf evaluation, and plant breeding, as well as advising undergraduate and graduate students.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in horticulture, agronomy, plant science/ecology, or related discipline with demonstrated specialization in turfgrass science/turfgrass breeding. Postdoctoral work in turfgrass science; expertise in field research related to turfgrass management/production systems; demonstrated ability to attract outside funding; excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; and an aptitude for working with industry clientele are desired. Individuals who are ABD will be considered.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

Individuals who are ABD will be considered.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at A letter of application, personal C.V., and names/addresses/emails of at least four (4) professional references should be forwarded to: Dr. Darrin Dodds, Department Head, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Nominations are encouraged and should be sent to the same address.

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.

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