Agriculture Plant Science Full Time Tenure Track

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo , California

About the Position:

The Business Education division is seeking a full time tenure track faculty position. The teaching load will be comprised of courses in agriculture plant science. This position will be charged with leading and developing Cuesta's agriculture plant science program. The primary teaching load will consist of the following courses, Introduction to Soil Science, Introduction to Plant Science, Plant Propagation and Production, Introduction to Viticulture, Principles of Irrigation and Plant Identification and Usage. This position requires extensive outreach and work with advisory committees, as well as assessment and program review. This position's primary location will be the Paso Robles, North County Campus.

About the College:

Cuesta College is located in the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and is ranked by Edsmart.org as a top five California community college for 2016. Cuesta College has a rich history of educating San Luis Obispo County residents since 1963. Cuesta College serves more than 10,000 students with an increasingly diverse student body of 55% White, 32% Latinx, 5% Mixed Race, 3% Asian/PI, 2% African-American. Courses are offered online and at three physical sites; the main campus in San Luis Obispo, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, and the South County Center in Arroyo Grande. Cuesta College offers 77 degrees and 64 certificates, including 30 Associate Degrees for Transfers to the Cal State University system with several more transfer degrees under development. The college maintains the highest transfer population to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. More than 25% of the universities transfer students come from Cuesta College; that's twice as many as any other community college. The college also boasts robust Allied Health and Career Technical Education programs and consistently sends students to compete at the national level in areas such as welding, automotive, public speaking, and more. The college's music ensembles are often in the spotlight, winning an award recently from Downbeat magazine and regularly performing at state, national, and international festivals. In addition, Cuesta's theatre program consistently wins national and international awards from the Kennedy Center.

Cuesta College is committed to being an inclusive institution that inspires a diverse student population to achieve their educational goals. In 2016, it was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI), reflecting the great responsibility that the college has to further the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The Cuesta Promise Scholarship has provided a fee-free first year to every new high school graduate in San Luis Obispo County. Starting with the graduating class of 2018, the Cuesta College Promise Scholarship expanded to include a second year of fee-free education. Over 3,000 students have received the Cuesta Promise with over 35% being Latinx and almost 60% being female. In 2018, Cuesta College was also the only California Community College awarded a $2.5 million Title V "Developing HSI Grant" from the US Department of Education to expand educational and vocational opportunities for Latinx students. Cuesta is committed to the Board of Governors California Community College Vision for Success Goals, including eliminating equity gaps within 10 years. The College's Educational Master Plan, Strategic Plan, and Student Equity/Student Success and Support/Basic Skills Integration Plan collectively seek to ensure all students are successful at fulfilling their educational needs.

Cuesta College has strong student, faculty, and staff campus engagement including affiliations with the statewide Latina Leadership Network, Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society, MEChA, Student Veterans Club, STEM Club, and Dreamers Club.

Cuesta College has 139 full-time faculty, 543 adjunct faculty, 234 classified staff, and 41 managers and administrators. The college encourages all employees to be part of the participatory governance process. The College's annual budget is approximately $53 million. Thanks to a $275 million bond measure approved by the voters of San Luis Obispo County in 2014, Cuesta College is repairing aging facilities, updating classrooms, equipment, and technology, and improving programs. Our growing North County Campus opened a new Campus Center in Spring of 2018 and houses a new Veterans Center, EOPS Center/CalWorks/Foster Youth Center, Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) office and Student Cultural Lounge. Cuesta will be opening a Dream Center to support undocumented students on both the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles campuses in Spring of 2019.

Essential Functions & Qualifications

Required:

-Master's in agriculture, agriculture science, education with a specialization in agriculture or other agricultural area (including: agricultural business, agricultural engineering, agricultural mechanics, agronomy, animal science, enology, environmental (ornamental) horticulture, equine science, forestry, natural resources, plant science, pomology, soil science, viticulture or other agriculture science)
OR
-The equivalent (candidates making application on the basis of equivalency must submit all materials requested for an equivalency judgment, indicated on the Equivalency Process link).
OR
-A valid Community College credential in the discipline
-Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable:

-Master's in agronomy, environmental (ornamental) horticulture, plant science, pomology, soil science or viticulture;
-Professional industry experience;
-Community college teaching experience;
-Awareness of the philosophy and objectives of California Community Colleges.

HOW TO APPLY

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cuesta/jobs/2342321/agriculture-plant-science-full-time-tenure-track