Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY


Position:  Assistant Professor, Extension Entomology at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and
Extension Center, Weslaco, Texas. Appointment is 100% AgriLife Extension, 12-mo., base funded
position.
General Duties and Responsibilities: Lead the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educational, and
applied research efforts on integrated pest management (IPM) of field, vegetable and fruit crops in
the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Provide county program support in all areas of entomology.  The
incumbent will work in a collegial manner with coworkers (in extension, research, other colleges,
seed/chemical industry, USDA and others) in interdisciplinary teams to educate stakeholders about
plant, animal and human pests. The incumbent will work with Extension Agents-IPM and Extension
Specialists to plan, conduct, and evaluate educational programs on pest biology and management. The
Extension Entomologist will serve clientele through applied research, information delivery, and
development and use of appropriate training/teaching materials. Incumbent is expected to become a
leader in crop protection IPM in South Texas and assist colleagues in other parts of Texas and the
region when appropriate. Support of the mission of the Department of Entomology is expected
including, but not limited to, securing extramural funding, scholarly publication, participation in
graduate education, mentoring undergraduate interns, and actively participating in professional
societies. As opportunities arise, the incumbent should form partnerships to address stakeholder
needs with on-campus faculty.
Administrative Relationships: The incumbent will be a faculty member with the Texas A&M University
Department of Entomology, supervised by the Associate Department Head for Extension Entomology and
the Entomology Department Head. The Extension Entomologist will be located at the Weslaco Research
and Extension Center. The individual is to be responsive to the needs of the region as communicated
by the Center Director and it is expected that the Extension Entomologist will collaborate with
faculty, staff, students, clientele groups, and administrators at the Research and Extension Center
and to work with the District Extension Administrators, Regional Program Directors, County
Extension Agents-Ag/Natural Resources, and Extension Agents-IPM in planning, conducting and
evaluating educational and applied research programs for the region.
Qualifications:  Ph.D. in entomology or closely related field is required. Quantifiable knowledge
and experience in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of field experiments and
educational programming related to pest management tactics is essential. Candidate must have
demonstrated an ability to work closely with agricultural producers and diverse audiences, to
communicate effectively (both oral and written), and to function effectively as a team member or
leader.

Facilities: The Weslaco Center has 7 faculty and the neighboring Texas A&M Kingsville Citrus Center
adds 5 more faculty providing an excellent opportunity for broad-based interdisciplinary
collaboration. Research facilities at the Research and Extension Center include 360 acres of
experiment station land, and greenhouses with on-site management. The laboratory space, equipment
and other resources of the Texas AgriLife Center are available and assigned by the Center Director.
Closing Date:  January 1, 2019 (or until a suitable candidate is identified). Position Available:
November 5, 2018
Application Process:  Contact Peggy Lundstrom (p-lundstrom@tamu.edu) for application instructions.
An online application is required including current CV, copies of transcripts, up to four
publication reprints, names of three references whom we may contact for letters of recommendation
and any individuals on a “do not contact” list. Please provide a complete mailing address, e-mail
and phone number, along with a brief statement of how each reference knows                                                             
the candidate. Visit https://entomology.tamu.edu for more information about the department. Please
contact either Dr. Charles Allen at ctallen@ag.tamu.edu or Dr. David Kerns dlkerns@tamu.edu for
more information about the position. AgriLife is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: 
Regular
Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
Texas A&M University
Name of Contact Person: 
Peggy Lundstrom
City: 
Weslaco
State/Province: 
Texas
Country: 
USA
Downloadable File with Additional Information: 
PDF icon TAMU Assistant Professor PD Weslaco TX.pdf
Contact Person's Email: 
p-lundstrom@tamu.edu