Utah State University

Assistant/Associate Professor Agricultural Systems Technology

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(10/11/2022 6:14 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Applied Sciences Technology & Educ
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University is searching for an Assistant/Associate Professor to develop and teach courses related to agricultural systems technology.  The program is looking to focus on Agricultural Systems Technologies (e.g., Agricultural Processing & Automation, Geospatial Technology for Agriculture, Environmental & Resource Management, Agricultural Machinery & Technology, Agribusiness, and Agricultural Operations). This is a tenure-track teaching position with a 9-month appointment. The successful applicant will reside in the Department of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education (ASTE). The position will be filled no later than August 1, 2023, as classes will begin on August 28, 2023. This position will be approximately 65% teaching, 30% research, and 5% service.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and be expected to mentor all levels of students. Teaching duties will be in the undergraduate and graduate programs. The candidate must demonstrate effective teaching strategies. This position may provide leadership and direction for developing agricultural systems courses. Courses may include, but are not limited to, sensors and controllers, electrification and electronics, automated processing and materials handling, agricultural construction estimating and scheduling, data management for agriculture, or machinery management. The specific courses will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the candidate to be hired.


The successful candidate’s potential research should focus on areas relevant to agricultural systems such as the application of sensors, information technology, robotics, precision management systems, or remote sensing systems to enhance agricultural productivity and ensure a safe and reliable food system. Expectations include:

  • Develop an independent, externally funded research program that complements or expands existing departmental research within the areas of agricultural systems technology (e.g., Agricultural Processing & Automation, Geospatial Technology for Agriculture, Environmental & Resource Management, Agricultural Machinery & Technology, Agribusiness, Agricultural Operations)
  • Conduct and publish research relevant to an identified research agenda
  • Participate and direct graduate student committees
  • Participate on relevant academic committees
  • Collaborate and interact with interdisciplinary faculty, programs, trade and/or professional organizations.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Agricultural Systems Technology, Agricultural Engineering, Technical Systems Management, Biological Systems Engineering, Agricultural Education, or related fields.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated technical skills related to Agricultural Processing & Automation, Geospatial Technology for Agriculture, Environmental & Resource Management, Agricultural Machinery & Technology, Agribusiness, or Agricultural Operations.
  • Evidence of potential in teaching excellence.
  • Evidence of potential for effectiveness in research and ability to secure funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of effective teaching experience, including experience with educational technology, online instruction, and various teaching methods.
  • Success in receiving competitive extramural funding and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Working knowledge of US production agriculture and ability to teach a wide variety of courses within the Agricultural Systems Technology curriculum.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Contact information for three professional references
  3. Cover Letter - addressing potential areas of research and teaching philosophy appropriate to this role to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Applied Sciences, Technology and Education (ASTE) department provides instruction to students seeking a certificate, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree. These innovative degree programs allow students to gain expertise in the fields of agriculture, education, management, applied sciences, business, and machinery technology. The ASTE Department coordinates teacher licensure in agricultural education; business education; family and consumer sciences education; and technology and engineering education. The mission of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences is to enhance the lives of people through education, discovery and outreach, which collectively guide the ethical and sustainable use of land, food, water, and economic resources, thereby improving the health and well-being of humans, plants, animals and the environment. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


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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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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


*updated 11/2022


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