The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. This 12-month appointment is administratively responsible to the Vice President and Dean.
Building upon its foundation of excellence and commitment to the citizens of Oklahoma and beyond, the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering enhances the production and profitability of agricultural and biological products and the conservation and management of natural resources through teaching, research, and Extension. This mission is fulfilled by a diverse faculty with 19 tenure-track and three non-tenure track faculty supported by ten staff employees. The department offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees to a current enrollment of approximately 125 undergraduate students and 25 graduate students.
Focus areas serviced by the department include:
Food process engineering
Water resources management and irrigation
Bioenergy and biobased products
Intelligent sensing and control technologies
Precision agricultural machinery
Environment and natural resources
The department maintains vibrant and interactive research programs through cooperative projects with the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Producst Center, the OSU New Product Development Center, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, the Oklahoma Department of Energy, and with the eight other academic units within the Division.
Departmental faculty and staff are involved in impactful research and Extension programs in a wide variety of subject matter areas including bioenergy, precision agriculture, hydrology and water quality, irrigation management, value-added food processing, sensor systems, and environmental management. Extension and research efforts are supported by unique resources and infrastructure such as the Oklahoma Mesonet, the Stored Products Research and Education Center, the Biobased Products and Energy Center, and the Oklahoma Water Resources Center. Departmental activities are also supported on the Stillwater campus by various departmental labs, the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Machine Shop, and by the Field and Research Services Unit which includes a network of experiment stations throughout the state of Oklahoma.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering (BAE) at Oklahoma State University is an ABET accredited program along with the other engineering programs in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The BAE department offers a Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering with four options: Machine Systems and Agricultrual Engineering, Bioprocessing and Food Processing, Environment and Natural Resources, or Pre-Med. The department has proposed a new B.S. degree in Ag Systems Technology through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The department strives to provide the comprehensive education necessary to prepare students for successful, productive, and rewarding careers in engineering for agricultural, food, and biological systems. Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering students have won numerous elite awards including Truman, Udall, Fullbright, and NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, and for five of the last ten years, an OSU BAE student has won the ASABE Yoerger Pre-Professional Engineer of the Year Award.
Provide visionary leadership in the department with attention to fairness and integrity, including periodic review of department objectives, scope and priorities.
Stimulate, integrate, oversee, and evaluate departmental teaching, research and Extension programs.
Support OSU’s diversity efforts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff and students.
Effectively and efficiently manage human, financial and physical resources. Represent departmental and faculty interests to administrators and other University and Division units.
Collaborate with Division unit heads and with other university administrators and faculty.
Represent the department to outside agencies (state and federal agencies, agricultural industries, and professional organizations), alumni, individuals, the community and other groups.
Pursue external funding to include competitive grants, research contracts, gifts and other special funding to include endowments for scholarships, fellowships and chairs and professorships.
Assign responsibilities to faculty and staff and evaluate their performance.
Encourage professional growth and development of faculty, staff and students.
Provide oversight of departmental activities in state, regional, national, and international organizations and committees.
Foster an environment of collegiality, teamwork, diversity and respect for multi-disciplinary and multicultural settings.
An earned doctoral degree in Agricultural and/or Biological Engineering or a closely related discipline.
An outstanding record of scholarly achievements and professional activities related to teaching, research and/or Extension that will qualify for the rank of professor with tenure.
A thorough understanding of the land-grant mission.
Evidence of administrative ability to direct a department, team or unit and provide visionary and progressive leadership.
Ability to effectively listen, communicate and represent the department with administrators, agencies, and on-and off-campus interest groups.
Ability to foster professional development, assign responsibilities and evaluate performance of faculty and staff.
This position is to be filled by June 1, 2020 or as soon thereafter as the successful candidate is available. This is a 12-month administrative appointment with tenure as a Professor within the department. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
Nomination and Application Procedures
While applications and nominations will be accepted until a successful candidate has been identified, interested parties are encouraged to submit official applications materials on the applicant tracking system website by October 1, 2019 to receive optimal consideration.
Interested applicants must apply via https://jobs.okstate.edu for the position labeled req#7039. As part of the application process, provide a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and a statement of administrative leadership philosophy and vision. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted.
Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Jeff Edwards, Chair, Search and Screening Committee, at 405-744-6130, or email@example.com. More information about the department is available on the website at: bae.okstate.edu
More information about OSU & Stillwater can be accessed on various websites including:
About Oklahoma State University - Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is dedicated to making available science-based information relevant to improving the quality of life for the people of Oklahoma. The Division is comprised of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and two state agencies: the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
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