Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology

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November 05 2018
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology

Faculty Classification: AY
Faculty Status: Tenure-Track
Status: Awaiting Approval
Department Name: Science & Environmental Policy
Degree/Program: B.S. Biology
Job Number: FAC2018-306
Priority Screening Date: 12/15/2018
Recruitment Status: Apply now! Priority screening date is December 15, 2018.

Position Description:
The Biology program School of Natural Sciences (SNS) at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level, of plant pathology, to begin in Fall 2019. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research. The successful candidate will collaborate with other faculty and professional outreach programs that leverage our unique location in California's Salinas Valley, existing connections to the USDA Agricultural Research Service, outstanding grower cooperators, and area community college agriculture programs.

  • Teach an upper-division plant pathology course and associated lab, teach the plant structure and function portion in the majors biology sequence, and other courses that may include plant physiology, mycology or virology, plant science, environmental biotechnology or microbiology
  • Employ innovative teaching and learning techniques that engage diverse students through active learning, course-based research, and the appropriate use of technology
  • Develop and maintain a research program that provides opportunities for undergraduates
  • Pursue and obtain extramural funding to support an active research program that makes use of and expands CSUMB's agricultural connections and assets in the Monterey Bay/Salinas Valley region
  • Sustain scholarly research in plant pathology leading to publications and professional visibility
  • Contribute to the development of curriculum and courses to support the Biology major, as well as a possible future plant science concentration in biology and a proposed Agricultural Crop and Soil Science program

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Biology, Microbiology, Plant Science, or related field at time of hire
  • Commitment to and experience in teaching undergraduates
  • Expertise in plant pathology, particularly the use of molecular diagnostics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualification:
  • Demonstrated expertise in plant pathology. Expertise in diseases of specialty crops, microbial ecology, and/or metagenomics are a plus
  • Research interests that leverage CSUMBs ideal location in Californias Salinas Valley, the salad bowl of the world
  • Research and teaching interests and expertise that complement and strengthen those of existing faculty in the department
  • Strong interest in teaching an upper division course in plant pathology, as well as courses in plant biology, microbiology, and other agriculture related topics
  • Interest in mentoring undergraduate student research and/or internships
  • Strong interest in contributing to lower division biology education as well as specialty upper division courses.
  • Demonstrated experience with course and curriculum development
  • Proven ability and desire to mentor and teach students from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds
  • Record of external funding and writing grant proposals
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

Other Related Information:
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a comprehensive public university committed to serving the culturally and linguistically diverse people of California, especially the working class, historically underserved, and low-income populations. The School of Natural Sciences at CSUMB offers B.S. degrees in Biology, Environmental Science, Technology and Policy, and Marine Science, a B.A. in Environmental Studies and graduate programs in Marine Science and Environmental Science. These programs all emphasize the critical thinking and technical skills necessary to train students in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural workforce, succeed in high level graduate programs in the biosciences, and solve complex environmental problems. Additional information about our rigorous and highly successful interdisciplinary program can be found at

Special Conditions of Employment:
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Educations Family Educational Rights and Privacy and Californias Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Compensation and Benefits:




How to Apply:
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For full consideration, submit: a) an application, b) curriculum vitae c) cover letter, d) narrative describing experience and approaches to teaching and mentoring undergraduates, e) research statement and f) a list of references that can speak to teaching and research expertise by the priority screening date listed above. All prospective applicants must apply on-line at:

Application submissions received after the priority screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned. CSUMB will not fax application materials.

For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389, or TDD at (800) 735-2929. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library or our Student Services Building first floor. Please check the links provided for the respective hours and the location of each site.

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