Lecturer – Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Logan, Utah, United States

Job description

Requisition: F1700270

Review Date: 08/15/2017

Job Category: Faculty

Department: Plants Soils & Climate

College/Unit: Colleg Of Agriculture & Applied Sci

Location: Logan Campus

Posting Duration: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Utah State University (USU) and the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate (PSC) is seeking applicants for a full-time, 9-month non-tenure track lecturer position (85% teaching and 15% service) in horticulture and plant sciences. We seek a colleague who will teach undergraduate courses in a range of ornamental horticulture topics, but with an emphasis in landscape management. Specific courses could include Introduction to Horticulture, Plant Materials, Landscape Construction, Arboriculture, Greenhouse Management, Garden Center Management, Pest Management, Horticultural Business Management, and Landscape Irrigation Design. This salaried position requires a base load of teaching face-to-face courses on-campus and teaching via distance education to off-campus students. Opportunities exist to supplement the salary through teaching extra-curricular courses off-campus. Service responsibilities include being the faculty advisor to the Plant Science Club, assisting with student internship programs, and overseeing PSC greenhouse and outdoor teaching facilities. Applications will be accepted until position is filled, but review will begin on August 15, 2017. Expected start date for this position is January 1, 2018.


  • Instruction in topics related to ornamental horticulture such as Horticulture, Plant Materials, Landscape Construction, Arboriculture, Greenhouse Management, Garden Center Management, Pest Management, Horticultural Business Management, and Landscape Irrigation Design. Actual teaching responsibilities will be negotiated with the candidate based on expertise.
  • Supervise the PSC teaching greenhouse and outdoor teaching facilities (D. Craig Aston Park)
  • Mentor students and student club activities and internships.

Dept/College Highlights:

Utah State University is a land-grant institution and the Plants, Soils, and Climate Department has full support of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, USU Extension, and the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Facilities include research and teaching greenhouses, the Greenville (Cache Valley) and Kaysville (Wasatch Front) Experiment Station Farms, and laboratory space in the Agricultural Sciences Building (opened in 2012). The university has a large off-campus student population and extensive resources for delivery and development of online courses. The university is located in Logan, Utah, and offers the amenities of a small college town while being only 90 minutes north of Salt Lake City and the highly-urbanized Wasatch Front. The campus is minutes away from unmatched outdoor recreation opportunities and within a day’s drive of several spectacular national parks.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in ornamental horticulture, plant science, public garden management, plant pathology, landscape architecture, or closely related field.
  • Passion for landscape horticulture and an eagerness to share this passion via teaching and service.
  • An ability to work with faculty in an interdisciplinary department setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses.
  • Professional experience outside academia in landscape horticulture or closely related field.
  • Formal pedagogical training.

Opportunity Type: Full-Time w/benefits package

Percent of Time or Hours per Week: 100%

Advertised Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

Often Functional Requirements (25-75% time):
Use of fingers (e.g. typing),Both hands required or compensated by the use of acceptable prostheses,Extended sitting

Continuous Functional Requirements (75%+ time):
Routine visual requirements (e.g. reading with attention to details; seeing activities near and far),Ability to distinguish shades of colors,Routine hearing ability (e.g. whispers at close range; voices at 15 feet; converse by telephone)

Often Environmental Factors (25-75% time):
Outside,Working closely with others

Continuous Environmental Factors (75%+ time):

ADA Cognitive Requirements:
Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Deal with non-verbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) in its most difficult phases. Deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables. Comprehend complex, hard-to-understand concepts.

ADA Math Requirements:
Apply knowledge of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques such as differential and integral calculus, factor analysis, and probability determination, or work with a wide variety of theoretical mathematical concepts and make original applications of mathematical procedures, as in empirical and differential equations.

ADA Communication Requirements – Speech:
Expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order verbal skills such as ability to lecture to large groups, ability to speak on complex issues without prepared notes.

ADA Comm Requirements – Comprehension:
Comprehensive and expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order of composition skills such as ability to do this as primary function of the job, to draft and edit publication-quality papers, to prepare highly complex documents such as wills and contracts. May involve a large volume of such composition.

ADA Travel Requirements:
No travel required.

How to apply

Apply online. Required Documents (The names and contact information of 3 references will be collected during the application process):
Cover Letter, Resume/CV
Please include a description of your teaching philosophy for undergraduate education in agriculture and the sciences. Provide the names and contact information of three professional references on your application. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Paul Grossl at paul.grossl@usu.edu or 435-797-0411.

In 1888, the Agricultural College of Utah was founded as the state's land-grant institution. It became Utah State University in 1957. Throughout time, USU has remained true to its roots as an institution dedicated to the land and its people