Assistant/Associate Professor: Sustainable Cropping and Food Systems

Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York’s land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the
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The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University is seeking applicants for a 9-month tenure-track position in Sustainable Cropping and Food Systems. This position is part of an interdisciplinary cluster hire that also includes a position in Sociology of Food Systems in the Department of Development Sociology; the incumbent is expected to develop collaborative research and teaching efforts with the counterpart hire.
Responsibilities: This position has 50% Teaching and 50% Research responsibilities and
focuses on challenges around sustainable crop production as a critical issue at the global,
regional and local levels, and the future ability to feed populations without significant resource degradation. The incumbent is expected to teach two courses: Sustainable Agriculture, the college’s introductory course in agriculture, and an upper-level course related to cropping systems and food production. He/she is also expected to be involved in undergraduate advising and graduate student training. The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program involving field-based studies on sustainable cropping systems in an area of the candidate’s strengths and background. Additionally, she/he may focus on the biophysical aspects of cropping and food systems with respect to the agricultural resource base (e.g., land suitability, soil health, climate), the environmental impacts of agricultural practices, and the implications of cropping systems as part of agri-food systems. This position will focus primarily on field crops, but may also include involvement with horticultural crops or collaboration with faculty in those areas.

Start Date: As negotiated
Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track)
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with background and experience
Qualifications: Ph.D. in Crop Science, Agronomy, or related disciplines. The candidate must
be able to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting and create a collegial professional environment. Well-qualified applicants are expected to have a distinguished record of academic accomplishments in sustainable cropping systems – including strong teaching experience – and obtaining extramural grant funding.
Applications: Submit a letter of application, detailed resume, research and teaching statements, copies of university transcripts, copies of up to two publications, and names and contact information for three references combined in a single file in pdf format. Send applications to Sue Bishop, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences ( Inquiries may be sent to Professor Harold van Es, Chair of Crop and Soil Sciences (; 1-607-255-5459).

Screening of applications will commence on August 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.
Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York’s land-grant institution. For information about the home department, visit Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Cornell University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.

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