Assistant Professor of Urban and Controlled Environment Horticulture (UCEH)

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Assistant Professor of Urban and Controlled Environment Horticulture (UCEH)
Posting Number 201700377F
Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary commensurate with experience plus a comprehensive benefits package.
Position Type Faculty
Work Hours/Week 40
Description of Work Unit

The Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level to study urban and controlled environment agriculture/horticulture. The successful applicant will join an established controlled environment team and develop an extramurally funded research program. The successful applicant will work closely with urban farms and potential new projects engaging HLA faculty and others from CSU. Research areas could include the development of innovative urban horticulture technologies, including indoor vegetable production and horticultural crop physiology in controlled environments. This position will have access to the CSU Horticulture Center completed in 2015. The Horticulture Center is a 21,000 square foot greenhouse with laboratory, growth chamber and classroom facilities.

The Department strives to discover, apply, and disseminate knowledge and technology while developing future leaders in the state, the nation, and the world. Through hands-on experiential learning in each of our three majors (Environmental Horticulture, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture), we encourage human engagement with the landscape and demonstrate our focus to solve problems for people, agriculture, and the environment through scholarship and creativity fostered by teamwork and individual diversity.

Colorado State University is Colorado’s Land Grant University and the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is responsible for educating approximately 350 undergraduate and 30 graduate students at any given time. The CSU main campus sits at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains one hour north of metro Denver, and offers excellent access to transportation, all outdoor interests, and a wide cross-section of the horticulture industry and trade organizations.

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes
% Research 50
% Teaching 30
% Service 20
% Administration 0
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/12/2018
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date
Position Summary

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Department and College with an interest in developing new undergraduate and/or graduate courses in food crop production with controlled environment agriculture/horticulture. Opportunities may also be available to teach existing course offerings, including collaborating with teaching faculty in a team-teaching format. Effort in grantsmanship and development of collaborative research opportunities, as well as graduate student training, will be expected in this position. Demonstrated communication skills and a capability to interact with industry and urban stakeholders are crucial in this position.

The division of the successful candidate’s responsibilities will approximate 30% instruction and mentoring, 50% research and scholarship, and 20% outreach/engagement/service. Outreach/engagement activities will be in support of urban and controlled environment horticulture/agriculture producers as well as projects under development with the National Western Center and the Denver International Airport.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is based on a 9-month appointment, but is competitive with typical 12-month appointments. Although a 9-month appointment, the potential exists to provide additional summer salary and benefits. The start-up package can be arranged to include summer salary during the first 3 years of the appointment. A competitive start-up package will be provided for use within the first 3 years; however, acquisition of external funds – including via grantsmanship, gifts, and fees – will be necessary for long-term support of research activities.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Required Job Qualifications

• Ph.D. in horticulture or a closely related field, including controlled environment agriculture/horticulture to be completed by the start date.
• Demonstrated experience in controlled environment agriculture/horticulture or greenhouse-related research. Evidence of written and teaching/outreach communication skills.
• Potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• B.S./M.S. in horticulture or closely related field.
• Research experience with vegetable crop production in controlled environment agriculture/horticulture.
• Proven excellence in written communication (including a scientific, peer-reviewed publication record appropriate for the applicant’s career stage) in controlled environment agriculture/horticulture.
• Evidence of grantsmanship and the capability to obtain extramural funding
• Evidence of team-building skills, capacity for successful collaboration, and potential to manage multidisciplinary research and education projects.
• Teaching experience including development of distance/online education.
• Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by 12 midnight (Mountain Time), Friday, 12 January 2018. Applicants should upload the following: 1) A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications listed in the full position description; 2) A curriculum vitae including publication record and grants; 3) Unofficial academic transcripts for all degrees; and 4) Names, email addresses and phone numbers for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification to applicant. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair, Steven Newman (; 970-491-7118). For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

•Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact; 970-491-7118

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research

Research in urban and controlled environment horticulture (UCEH)

Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Teaching

Develop courses in UCEH complimentary to existing courses. Teach approx. two courses per AY.

Percentage Of Time 30
Job Duty Category Outreach/Engagement/Service

Outreach and engagement in relation to controlled environment horticulture as well as HLA and CSU committee assignments

Percentage Of Time 20

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents