Chair, Department of Horticulture at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington

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Job Description:

Job location: Washington State University

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-03
Req: R-1613


294-NN - Professor Chair (Annual)

Business Title:

Chair, Department of Horticulture

Additional Titles:


Washington State University

Employee Type:


Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021 or later vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.

Summary of Duties:

The Chair will be an individual with outstanding academic credentials who can articulate and execute a clear, shared vision for leading and developing the Department, while promoting a broadly shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect, and support within the Department, college, and university. The successful candidate is expected to have a record of excellence in conducting and promoting undergraduate and graduate education. The successful candidate is expected to engage in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and may sustain an active research program complementary to existing Department and college strengths. The Chair's portfolio will include fiscal management of the Department, promoting professional development of faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students statewide, engagement with faculty located at Research and Extension Centers, and participation in stakeholder meetings across the state.

The Opportunity:

The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University seeks a distinguished academic leader to be Chair of the Department of Horticulture ( Applications are invited for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-eligible position at the rank of professor to begin June 1, 2022, or as negotiated, at the Pullman, WA campus. The position offers an exciting opportunity for leadership in developing new strategic initiatives and in further advancing established areas of departmental excellence in research, extension, and teaching. Members of the Department conduct research, teaching, and extension activities to train and inform students and stakeholders working in a wide range of horticultural crops that directly contribute more than $4 billion to the state economy. The mission of the Department is to develop and promote the adoption of biological discoveries and practical applications to increase productivity and sustainability of horticultural crops to benefit the state of Washington, nation, and world. This mission is accomplished via Department members' strengths in disciplines including breeding, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, biochemistry, physiology, and general horticulture.

The Department of Horticulture:

The Department is in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS, The Department has fully integrated programs in teaching, research, and extension, involving approximately 19 faculty, 21 adjunct faculty, 14 research associates, and numerous administrative professionals and support staff statewide. The administrative office is located on the main campus in Pullman with approximately two thirds of the faculty located across branch campuses ( and four statewide Research and Extension Centers:

Degree Programs:

The Department contributes to the Viticulture & Enology program as well as administering the interdisciplinary Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS) undergraduate degree program through CAHNRS. Horticulture-based majors include: Fruit & Vegetable Management; Landscape, Nursery & Greenhouse Management; and Agricultural Biotechnology. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Food Systems (AFS) degree program. Fostering a transformative undergraduate experience in research and creative practice is a Departmental priority. The Department has a robust and growing graduate program with approximately 40 graduate students seeking degrees in Horticulture (MS and PhD) and interdisciplinary degrees in Molecular Plant Science (PhD) and Master of Science in Agriculture (MSAg) programs.

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences:

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 14 academic units and four Research and Extension Centers distributed across the state. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university's land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe. For more information, visit

Washington State University:

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on five campuses (Pullman, Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all. Further information about WSU can be found at:

Life on the Palouse:

Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children. To learn more about the Pullman community, visit:

Tenure Track: Eligible

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualification and experience.

FTE: 100%

Position Term in months: 12

Required Qualifications:

A Ph.D. degree in a fundamental area of Plant Science or a related discipline. Demonstrated record of success in unit leadership and fiscal and personnel management in a department, program, or highly diverse scientific or academic unit

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including ability to articulate and implement a strategic vision, demonstrate evidence-based decision making, and critically evaluate program impact.

  • Demonstrated successful commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student community.

  • Commitment to promotion of value, inclusion, and respect for gender, sexual orientation/identity, race, culture, and nationality diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and delivering undergraduate and graduate level courses in horticultural science or related areas.

  • Demonstrated commitment to professional education at all levels and promotion of a positive workplace culture.

  • Demonstrated successful engagement with industry and/or community stakeholders.

  • Internationally recognized, extramurally funded research activity with disciplinary leadership complementary to existing department and college strengths.

Additional Information:

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent

City, State, Zip: Pullman WA 99164

Area/College: College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)

Department Name: Department of Horticulture

Department Link:

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Screening Begin Date: Screening of applications will begin September 1, 2021, and will continue until the position has been filled.

Application Instructions: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) Curriculum vitae; 2) Cover letter describing your professional goals, relevant academic and administrative preparation, and experience in leadership positions; and 3) Name, title, organization, phone number, and e-mail address for four people willing to serve as employment references.

Required Documents:

1) Curriculum vitae

2) Cover letter

3) Reference contact information

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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