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Endowed Chair in Bacterial Diseases of Tree Fruits
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 130543
Work Location: Prosser
Summary of Duties: The Endowed Chair is expected to provide energetic leadership to address significant challenges to the tree fruit production caused by bacterial plant pathogens using an integrated approach and understanding of issues that are best addressed with a team-oriented, systems approach. Multi- and transdisciplinary collaborations are expected both within and beyond WSU. The Chair is expected to develop a world-class research and extension program in tree fruit bacteriology, which provides delivered results with solutions and products for disease management. The successful candidate is expected to develop new research capacity focused on the most important bacterial diseases of pome fruits in PNW, provide new research capacity related to important bacterial diseases of stone fruits, strengthen capacity in tree fruit extension plant pathology, add research and extension capacity in tree fruit disease epidemiology and management, and provide pathology support for WSU breeding programs in pome and stone fruits and the Clean Plant Center Northwest.
Required Qualifications: Earned Ph.D. in plant pathology or related field at the time of application;
Tenure eligible at the time of application, i.e. tenure package submitted or 5 years of experience as a principal investigator in a research-based organization.
Evidence of leadership in developing and executing an interdisciplinary research program in plant diseases.
Evidence of ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences in oral, written, and electronic forms.
Evidence of record in acquiring extramural competitive grant support.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.
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