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Part-Time Turfgrass Management Instructor

Position overview

Position title: Part-Time Turfgrass Management Instructor

Application Window

Open date: March 28th, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Apr 8, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Part-Time Turfgrass Management Instructor

University of California, Riverside – University Extension

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities’ air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

University Extension is the continuing and professional education division of the University of California, Riverside offering programs and certificates to domestic and international students. University Extension is seeking experienced professionals to join our instructional team as part-time instructors for adult learners. Successful candidates of this continuous recruitment will be eligible to teach courses as they are scheduled during the year for our Professional Certificate in Turfgrass Management. Students in this program will learn about biology, chemistry, math, pesticides, irrigation, and soil fertility involved in everyday turfgrass management. The program explores the latest trends in agriculture and sustainability to enable the ability to make confident informed decisions in landscape planning and design. Courses are 6-10 weeks in length, an average of 4 teaching hours per week, and are offered online in a synchronous distance-learning format. Courses are currently delivered in a synchronous distance-learning format. Courses include:

-Principles of Plan Growth
-Turfgrass Species and Applications
-Math of Turfgrass and Landscape Managers
-Foundations of Turfgrass Management
-Management Skills for Turfgrass and Landscape Managers
-Turfgrass Irrigation and Drainage
-Turfgrass Pests
-Pesticide Use on Turfgrass and ornamental Plants
-Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
-Introduction to Chemistry for Environmental and Agricultural Professionals

Minimum Requirements
Advanced degree in Turfgrass Science, Environmental Science, Horticulture Turfgrass Management, Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture or a related field, or equivalent experience.
Five years of related work experience.
Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
Ability to provide instruction online and in-person.
Commitment to diversity and the University’s mission.
Authorization to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience teaching adult learners. 
Experience with curriculum development and course design.
Bilingual English/Spanish.
Ability to teach a wide range of courses.

Application Information:
To apply please visit https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01548. This is a continuous recruitment. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Interview process may include a teaching demonstration. For more information about UCR Extension, please visit http://www.extension.ucr.edu/.

Employment Information:
Instructional agreements are made on a course-by-course basis at the discretion of the University with no guarantee to teach future courses. This part-time position is not eligible for benefits, but participates in the University of California Defined Contribution Plan.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Advanced degree in Turfgrass Science, Environmental Science, Horticulture Turfgrass Management, Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture or a related field, or equivalent experience.

Five years of related work experience.

Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Ability to provide instruction online and in-person.

Commitment to diversity and the University’s mission.

Authorization to work in the United States.

Preferred qualifications

Experience teaching adult learners. 

Experience with curriculum development and course design.

Bilingual English/Spanish.

Ability to teach a wide range of courses

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)

The references of candidates in consideration for the position will be checked after the interview phase.

Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01548

Help contact: achavando@ucx.ucr.edu

Campus Information

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19). All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Riverside, CA