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Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Biology
Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa
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Date Posted September 17, 2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The School of Science at Buena Vista University seeks a dynamic teacher who is committed to excellence in undergraduate education in the area of agronomy with additional ability to teach in the biology program as well. The position is a tenure-track position. The preferred start date is August 15, 2020.

The Agricultural Science program in the School of Science was developed in cooperation with BVU’s new Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Resource Management. The Agricultural Science major is grounded in a solid general science foundation and contains options in the upper level classes for specialization in animal science or agronomy. Advanced courses in the agronomy option emphasize botany, genetic improvement and crop physiology. Faculty-mentored student internships, travel courses, and field experiences are strongly supported with internal grant funding.

The successful candidate will teach a variety of agronomy courses in the undergraduate curriculum and will teach in the biology program as well. Possible courses there include classical genetics and introductory biology. In addition, the model candidate will advise undergraduate students in the animal science major, and serve on committees as assigned by the Dean of the School of Science. The ideal candidate will help develop and teach primarily advanced courses in agronomy and may also develop and teach courses in the agricultural core curriculum and general education program, consistent with his/her credentials and interest. If interested, there will also be opportunities for the successful candidate to develop and teach online, as well as distance-learning courses in the agricultural sciences.

Desired Qualifications

  • The tenure track position requires candidates to have a terminal degree, typically Ph.D. in Agronomy or related field with emphasis in crop production and genetics. The ideal candidate would have an understanding or additional experience in biology.

  • Postdoctoral research or relevant industry experience preferred.

  • Ability to teach a variety of courses in agronomy and biology.

  • Teaching experience at the university level.

  • Ability to teach, advise, and guide the professional development of students

  • Ability to build connections with professionals in industry.

This position is not eligible for an employer-sponsored visa and all applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by October 15, 2019.

Buena Vista University’s main 60-acre campus is situated on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in northwest Iowa. One of Iowa's premier vacation spots, it hosts an array of retail shopping, dining, and professional services, and a vibrant arts and multicultural environment. Storm Lake has an active and energetic business community, with a healthy mixture ranging from small businesses to multinational food processing and agribusinesses. Most important, Storm Lake residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living and a high quality of life.

Please submit your letter of application, graduate school transcripts (photocopies acceptable but official copies required for appointment), teaching evaluation summaries, teaching philosophy statement, and current vita with the names of 4-6 references (including title, address, e-mail address and telephone number) to the Dean of Faculty at Buena Vista University, 610 W. 4th St., Storm Lake, IA 50588 or e-mail

A background check will be conducted on the final candidate. Buena Vista University is an EOE/ADA/Smoke-Free Employer, and especially welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to any aspect of the university’s diversity.

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