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Job Announcement: Assistant Professor - Viticulture and Enology (California State University, Fresno)

Job Announcement, Assistant Professor: Vacancy Number: 12034

Position Summary

The position emphasizes wine grape production and vineyard management. Candidates with an interest in plant physiology, and cultural practices applicable to vineyard conditions in the San Joaquin Valley are preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach (usually 50% teaching dependent upon department needs) in the areas of general viticulture in close cooperation with the campus faculty and industry stakeholders. The successful candidate will be expected to advise students, supervise student research projects, and engage in a rigorous scientific research agenda. Research is to be supported through grants and contracts and involve collaboration with other research scientists to disseminate research results. Close interaction and cooperation with the grape industries is also expected. Initially, the successful candidate will be given a twelve-month assignment. Willingness and ability to work in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams and to complete tasks on time are essential characteristics of the person filling this position. Specific assignments will depend on department needs. The successful candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance education mode and will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced and/or web-based instruction. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the department, college and university, as well as with grape and wine industry representatives

Required Education

An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Botany, Plant Science, Plant Physiology, Horticultural Science, Pomology or related discipline is required for appointment to a tenure track position. Postdoctoral experience preferred. Qualifying degrees must be from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.

Required Experience

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence and scholarly activity at the university level.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates with experience in wine grape production and the ability to communicate in Spanish are preferred.

A record of writing grant proposals and attracting external funding is desirable. All candidates must demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills

Application Procedures

To ensure the fullest consideration all application materials should be submitted by 11/15/2013. Apply online at; upload (1) curriculum vitae, (2) cover letter, and (3) names and contact information of three references other than those writing letters of recommendation. In addition, candidates invited to interview on campus will be required to submit (4) official transcripts, and (5) three letters of references mailed directly to:
Department of Viticulture and Enology;
California State University, Fresno;
2360 E. Barstow, M/S VR 89;
Fresno, CA 93740 - 8003;
Phone: (559) 278-4786; email address:

Other Requirements

The Annual Safety and Security/Fire Safety Report provided in compliance with the 1998 Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, and California Education Code section 67380. The report includes three calendar years of select campus crime statistics and it includes security policies and procedures for the campus. Applicants, students, and employees can obtain a copy of this report from the web site: or by contacting the Campus Police Department. The person holding this position may be 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. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

Background Check

 Necessary background investigations will be completed depending on the requirements of the position. Those could include, but are not limited to, processing of fingerprints through the Department of Justice and FBI and degree and license verification. A conditional offer may be made based on the results of these verifications.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


Published on 25/09/2013
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