West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas is a member of the Texas A&M University System and is formally partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, Texas, creating a critical mass of scientists and engineers to develop a transformative program in water research and application across multiple disciplines. West Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research seek to hire a nationally prominent researcher with an extensive record of accomplishment in water-optimized crops/soils research, to lead a unique, regional, research-driven program to international prominence. WTAMU and AgriLife Research are seeking an outstanding, innovative and dynamic researcher with a record of leadership and management in soil and plant science teaching and research with experience in semi-arid cropping systems. West Texas A&M University is located in one of the largest farming and cattle feeding areas in the world. The area also benefits from a high concentration of allied industries, services, manufacturers, technical support, and world-class consultants in crop and soil sciences.
The incumbent will assume joint academic appointments with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and West Texas A&M University and will be based in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at West Texas A&M University in, Canyon, TX. The incumbent will jointly lead a research program focused on water optimization for Panhandle agriculture and allied industries.
The twelve-month, tenure-track faculty will serve as the Director of the Institute for Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems. The faculty will hold a 50% appointment with WTAMU and a 50% appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research (weighted percentage of annual evaluation: 70% research, 25% teaching, 5% Service) that reports to the Head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences. WTAMU is a four-year academic institution with more than 10,000 students including more than 850 students in the department granting Bachelor, Master of Science, and Doctoral degrees.
Serve as Director of Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute. Lead and expand the research, instruction, and service programs of the Institute addressing issues faced by semi-arid agriculture systems in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas.
Responsibilities for Teaching, Research, and Service
Lead research studies focused on water optimization in semi-arid and/or dryland cropping systems with a holistic agroecosystem approach, which may include grains, forages, integrated livestock systems, regenerative agriculture, soil health, remote sensing, and related disciplines and technologies;
Develop a research program that will lead to solutions for the agricultural industry of the greater High Plains area;
Secure extramural funding for research and scholarly activities;
Present and interpret research findings at high-profile conferences, symposia, and workshops;
Publish research findings and syntheses in respected, refereed journals;
Develop national and international leadership in one or more research domains;
Teaching load is 3 hours (1 course) per long semester (no summer teaching requirement);
Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in soils, plant/soil/water relations and agroecosystems;
Advise MS and PhD graduate students in plant and soil science research;
Contribute substantively to the activities and initiatives of one or more professional societies having international prominence;
Develop collaborative programs with scientists in other agencies, universities, and the agriculture industry;
Develop strong producer relationships;
Develop strong industry relationships; and
Foster employment opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students;
PhD in soils, agronomy, or closely related field
Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service
Experience in soil and crop research, specifically within semi-arid/dryland cropping systems, crop water use efficiency, and soil/water dynamics
Commitment to an interdisciplinary team approach to research and education
Interpersonal skills, vision, and desire to establish working relationships with external constituents in the plant and soil science industry
Demonstrated experience in securing external funding and scholarly publication
Excellent written and oral communication skills
A record of leadership and management in soil and plant science teaching and research with experience in semi-arid cropping systems.
Dr. Brock Blaser, Search Committee Chair
Department of Agricultural Sciences
P.O. Box 60998
Canyon, TX 79016
Phone: (806) 651-2555
Internal Number: R-021541
About West Texas A&M University
West Texas A&M University is a four-year public university that serves a diverse population of more than 10,000 students representing 48 states, 55 countries and four U.S. territories. In 2016, The Chronicle of Education recognized WTAMU as a “Great College to Work For” in its annual survey on the academic workplace. WTAMU’s more than 800 employees enjoy a growing, dynamic university built on a foundation of respect, support, camaraderie, engagement and dedication, while students thrive in an atmosphere committed to personal attention and teaching excellence.