The Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) and Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) Extension invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Professor (Practice). Reappointment is at the discretion of the Oregon Sea Grant Program Leader and the OSUES Coastal Regional Director.
This position is a 12-month, 1.0 FTE, fixed term, Assistant Professor of Practice for Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) and Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) Extension Aquaculture located in Tillamook, Oregon. This is a ranked position with promotional opportunities; the individual hired will need to determine an academic home in an academic department or college at OSU within one year of start date. After the first 12 months of employment, the position will be supported at 0.75 FTE, with the faculty member responsible for obtaining external funding for any additional FTE.
Reappointment is at the discretion of the Oregon Sea Grant Program Leader and the OSUES Coastal Regional Director.
The Oregon State University Extension Service engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy families and individuals.
Oregon Sea Grant's fully integrated program of communication, education, extension and research serves as a catalyst to promote discovery, understanding and resilience for Oregon coastal communities and ecosystems. Both OSU and OSG Extension have a strong track-record of facilitating co-discovery with researchers and coastal communities, as well as bringing diverse stakeholders together through productive dialogue to solve complex challenges. OSG Extension has innovative programming in watersheds and water quality, invasive species, working waterfronts, coastal hazards, decision-making under climate change, commercial fisheries, marine spatial planning, seafood development, ornamental fish, and fish health.
The Assistant Professor of Practice, Extension Aquaculturist will address the need for engagement and extension in shellfish and seaweed culture, as well as other existing and potential aquaculture activities in Oregon and the region. The incumbent will understand, synthesize, and communicate the current challenges and opportunities for aquaculture and provide science-based information to the aquaculture industry leadership and workforce, policy-makers, regulators, coastal community members and others involved in decisions which may impact Oregon's current and potential aquaculture practitioners. The incumbent will also take a leadership role in obtaining support for further research and, when appropriate, development of aquaculture initiatives in Oregon.
The primary focus will be on coastal and marine aquaculture issues, with the opportunity to work with freshwater, closed-system, aquaponics, private fish hatchery issues, and other topics as resources and time allows. Initial key focal topics for this position may include:
Addressing the effects of disease, ecological interactions, ocean acidification, and invasive species on shellfish and other types of aquaculture.
Assisting growers with shellfish closures and altered water quality events.
Seeking creative solutions to reduce conflicts between shellfish and seaweed producers and other sectors whose activities influence water quality in coastal watersheds.
Understanding the commercial and consumer environment for shellfish, seaweed and other aquaculture producers.
Consumer safety issues related to consumption of farmed products.
Other emerging issues.
This position carries the general and specific responsibilities of a faculty member described in the OSU Faculty Handbook. These include an extension education program and service contribution, and active professional development.
OSU, OSUES, and OSG are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that these commitments are achieved. In addition, all faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.
Requires Master’s or terminal degree and experience in the academic discipline/unit.
Master's Degree in Aquaculture, Fisheries (with an aquaculture emphasis), Marine Resource Management, Natural Resources, or a related field. Degree must be completed by application date.
Evidence of leadership and organizational skills as demonstrated through at least two years' experience in successful design and delivery of marine or natural science related public education, outreach and engagement processes/programs, community development, or related science communication efforts.
Strong written and oral communication skills, and demonstrated evidence of Extension (i.e., adult and/or community) teaching skills, including the ability to objectively articulate the potential impacts of policy or management decisions to stakeholder groups based on current research.
Demonstrated experience building partnerships and relationships and facilitating dialogue among different stakeholder groups.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated ability to use common computer software, websites, smart phone apps, social media, and to stay connected while working away from the office.
Demonstrated ability to work independently in a self-directed manner.
This position requires driving a University or personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
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