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Faculty: Turfgrass Extension Specialist

Turfgrass Extension Specialist

40% Research, 60% Extension

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The Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking candidates for a tenure-track, 9-month Assistant Professor with 60% extension, and 40% research.The position focuses on turfgrass extension education for the turfgrass industry with additional responsibilities in applied research. The successful applicant will lead a multi-departmental team dedicated to maintaining a strong Turfgrass Science program at The Ohio State University.

Responsibilities

This individual will develop an internationally recognized extension/research program, attract extramural funding to support the program and demonstrate scholarly accomplishment. The primary responsibilities of this position are in the areas of turfgrass management extension and applied research. The successful individual will provide leadership for a multidisciplinary and financially sustainable extension program focused on the regional turfgrass industry. This person will develop and disseminate educational information using appropriate technologies for a range of stakeholders including golf course and athletic turf managers, lawn care professionals, sod growers, county OSU Extension field staff, and homeowners. Additionally, this person will organize continuing education events for industry professionals such as the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference, turfgrass field day, short-courses, seminars, and webinars. The selected individual will be expected to develop a complementary and innovative applied research program that addresses relevant issues affecting the turfgrass species used in recreational and urban/residential environments. This person will assume a leadership position in the Ohio Turf Foundation, which actively supports turfgrass research and Turf Science educational efforts at The Ohio State University.

Extension

  • Develop an extension/applied (translational) research program gaining national/international recognition for excellence.
  • Coordinate turfgrass-related extension efforts across Ohio at the state and county level.
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team of extensionists with responsibilities to serve a variety of stakeholders representing the golf course, sports turf, commercial landscape and sod production industries, and homeowners.
  • Interact strongly with prominent Ohio and national turf-related organizations [e.g., The Ohio Turf Foundation (OTF), The Ohio Lawn Care Association (OLCA), The Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association (OSTMA) and others]. Attend industry group chapter meetings.
  • Assist OTF executives to design, coordinate and deliver educational programs at their Annual Conference.
  • Develop and deliver turf-related field days, workshops, and other learning events using traditional or virtual extension venues.
  • Create turf-related educational content for delivery using video and other social media platforms.
  • Contribute expertise and educational content to continuing educational opportunities such as the turfgrass certificate program, Buckeye Yard and Garden Line newsletter distributed by the Buckeye Environmental Horticultural Team or the Ohio State University Master Gardeners program.
  • Conduct site visits upon request from turf industry and non-professional stakeholders providing expertise to diagnose and solve individual problems with turf performance. 

Applied Research

  • Water management/quality research.
  • Environmental protection, fertilizer/pesticide run-off, contamination, water containment/collection.
  • Irrigation water quality on turf growth and performance. The potential use of reclaimed or gray water for irrigation.
  • Herbicide/fertilizer/plant growth regulator/biostimulant effectiveness for maintaining the health (avoidance of biotic and abiotic stresses) and promoting the durability of turf under a variety of environmental conditions (e.g., sun/shade).
  • Cultivar evaluation including mixed stand of grasses and non-grasses.

Qualifications

Ph.D. in agronomy, horticulture, plant science, soil science, plant pathology or a related field; excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants need to provide evidence of their ability or potential to secure extramural funding from private and public sources as well as evidence of scholarly ability and productivity. Ability or potential to provide excellent graduate advising with a clear desire to serve students and stakeholders from diverse groups.

Applications

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Review of applications will begin immediately after the application closing date. Applicants must submit

  1. cover letter addressing qualifications for the position as outlined in the position description;
  2. complete curriculum vita;
  3. copies of academic transcripts;
  4. copies of a maximum of three relevant publications; and
  5. statement regarding your experience and/or philosophy in mentoring individuals from diverse groups.

Applicants must also provide contact information for three professional references.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment; and encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. Our colleges Principles of Community https://brand.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/campaigns/principles-community affirms our conviction that racism has no place in College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).  

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