Utah State University

Assistant Professor/ Landscape Horticulture Extension Specialist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(11/4/2020 12:53 AM)
Requisition ID
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Plants Soils & Climate
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) in the Department of Plants, Soils & Climate (PSC) seeks applicants for a fiscal-year, 11-month tenure track faculty position in landscape horticulture with an emphasis on water conservation. This position provides the opportunity to combine horticulture, plant physiology, plant ecology, and soil science to increase understanding of the effects of drought on landscape plants and to formulate best management practices insuring both water conservation and quality landscaping.


The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level with a role assignment of 70% Extension, 25% research and 5% service. The position includes the expectation that the appointee will establish an Extension and research program reflecting Utah State University’s land grant mission. 

The position will be expected to travel and have research outside in many cases.


Review of applications will begin December 15, 2020, but applications will be accepted and fully considered after that date until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.


  • Provide leadership of Extension programming to meet needs of Utah’s urban landscape industry.
  • Develop an applied research program that enhances understanding of landscape plant responses at the whole plant level to natural or management-allowed water stress in the landscaped environment.
  • Obtain competitive extramural funding.
  • Publish Extension products (e.g. fact sheets, bulletins, videos) and research results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Recruit and train graduate students.
  • Collaborate within the CWEL team and more broadly with scientists and professionals at USU, USU Extension, other universities, and with federal, regional, and state agencies.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned Ph.D. in a field such as, but not limited to, plant science, horticulture, plant ecophysiology, urban forestry, or soil science.
  • Working knowledge, experience, and training in landscape horticulture.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to diverse Extension audiences.
  • Ability to develop an externally funded research program that complements Extension efforts.
  • A recognized potential for effective collaboration with CWEL faculty and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate with various stakeholder groups.
  • Familiarity with data loggers, environmental sensors, and drones.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure research funding and publish in academic journals.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in ornamental landscape plant water issues.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2) Contact information for three professional references

3) Cover Letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application

4) Statement of interest for the position including an Extension/research philosophy and commitment to diversity in those efforts. To be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application under Research Statement


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).


Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Additionally, indoor or outdoor work environments may include being confined or in narrow spaces for periods of time. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects up to 15 pounds and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.

College/Department Highlights

The Plants, Soils, and Climate Department conducts research and academic programs that include soil science, plant and crop science, and climate science. The diversity of disciplines in the department and other units at the university provide numerous collaborative opportunities in agronomy, soils, pathology, entomology, climate, plant physiology, molecular genetics, ecology, bioinformatics, etc. as well as with USU Extension faculty around the state. Information on the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping can be found at http://cwel.usu.edu/. Facilities include research and teaching greenhouses, university research farms throughout the state, the Utah Climate Center, and laboratories in the recently constructed Agricultural Sciences Building (built in 2012). Utah State University Extension serves 28 counties and is strongly invested in the land grant mission.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.



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