Stephen Smith  |  3/27/2018 4:04:28 PM


(Gordon D. Cain Endowed Chair of Agriculture)

The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center campus and the College of Agriculture of

the Louisiana State University and A&M campus invite applications for the

Gordon D. Cain Endowed Chair of Agriculture.

This opportunity is open to faculty in any field of agriculture.

WORK LOCATION: A Department or School within the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Current units include the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation; the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness; the School of Animal Sciences, the Department of Entomology; the Department of Experimental Statistics; the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences; the School of Plant Environmental and Soil Sciences; the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology; the School of Renewable Natural Resources; and the School of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This will be a tenured position and a 12-month fiscal appointment is preferred, although a 9-month academic appointment may be considered.The position will include research (70%) and teaching (30%) responsibilities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program in a field of agriculture.The applicant will be expected to conduct research appropriate for publication in refereed journals; attract extramural funding; and participate in collaborative research within the department/school, across the campuses and the LSU system, and with other outside entities.Candidates must be able to teach undergraduate/graduate courses. Teaching expectations also include shared responsibility for other departmental courses as well as recruiting and advising graduate students. Candidate will be expected to develop a strong graduate mentoring program, especially at the Ph.D. level.

State and federal authorizations under which the AgCenter operates mandate that research programs be formally documented in an Experiment Station project(s).The project(s) developed must be mission-oriented, responsive to stakeholder needs, and are peer reviewed and administratively approved.Applicants should review information on the AgCenter’s web site ( and include in their application materials an explanation of how their proposed area of work will contribute to Louisiana’s overall agricultural industry.

FACILITIES: Louisiana has vibrant animal industries and a wide range of robust crop industries, all with strong ties to the AgCenter and the College of Agriculture.Each department/school has on campus laboratory facilities and teaching facilities, along with opportunities to work in conjunction with the AgCenter’s 5 regional offices, 16 research stations and the statewide network of parish extension offices.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:Ph.D. in a field of agriculture or closely related field and a demonstrated record of career accomplishments in recognized disciplines related to the mission of the AgCenter and the College of Agriculture.Expectations are that the candidate is recognized as a national and/or international authority with expertise in a defined agricultural field.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity for supplemental salary through extramural grant funding. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position will remain open until filled.Initial screening of applications will begin July 1.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Apply online at: (or through Workday for internal applicants).Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts and three letters of recommendation.Additionally, please include a statement of proposed work and a statement of teaching philosophy.Questions about the on-line system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-2258.Questions about the position should be directed to:

Allen Rutherford

Interim Executive Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture

LSU Agricultural Center

102 J. Norman Efferson Hall

Baton Rouge, LA

Phone: 225-578-4187; Fax 225-578-4227


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