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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 101132-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The UW-Madison Department of Plant Pathology is seeking an Assistant Professor and Integrated Extension Specialist in Fruit Pathology. This is a nine-month (academic year) tenure-track position. This integrated Extension faculty position will be funded 60% from the Division of Extension and 40% from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The tenure home of this faculty position will be in the Department of Plant Pathology.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an impactful Extension program, that supports Wisconsin's fruit industry by providing leadership and translational research that is focused on pathogens critical to fruit production. It is expected that this person will develop an independent, externally-funded and internationally recognized research program in fruit pathology that will be integrated with their Extension efforts. The new faculty will be expected to secure funding from competitive federal programs and industry partners.

Wisconsin has a diverse and thriving fruit industry, ranking 1st in the production of cranberries, with strong regional production of apples and grapes and an increasing local demand for berries and specialty fruits, including organic production. The incumbent will be expected to develop an innovative and interdisciplinary research program focused on areas of existing and emerging need within the fruit industry, which may include such areas as integrated disease management, pathogen ecology and epidemiology, host-microbe interactions, and systems biology. As an integrated extension specialist, the incumbent will collaborate with a highly successful and diverse team of faculty and staff specializing in fruit production at UW-Madison and the USDA to communicate data-driven information to growers, industry groups, extension agents, policymakers, and other local and national stakeholders.

Principal Duties:

The candidate will be expected to:
1. Develop an independent, externally-funded and internationally recognized research program.
2. Integrate research results into Extension education programs on issues identified as needs of the state and its residents.
3. Document the impacts of research and Extension efforts and communicate these impacts to stakeholders, the general public, and professional colleagues.
4. Demonstrate commitment to the purpose, vision, and values of the Division of Extension and the well-being of Wisconsin and its residents.
5. Teach as an Integrated Extension Specialist/Assistant Professor to stakeholders (e.g., educators, civic groups, boards, farmers, students) throughout the state of Wisconsin. Contribute to the department's mission through graduate student instruction and mentoring. Contribute research and Extension expertise to courses taught in the department.
6. Be of service to the department, college, and campus communities.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Ph.D. in plant pathology or related discipline.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Assistant Professor candidates must have a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; and effective oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information:

Applicants can find relevant information about the Department of Plant Pathology at, and any questions regarding the position may be directed to the position search committee chair, Dr. Erin Silva,

UW-Madison is one of the world's premier research universities, with more than 16,000 faculty, staff, and graduate assistants, who, collectively, support the research, teaching and public service missions of the university. The 963-acre campus is located on the shores of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is consistently ranked among the top 5 small U.S. cities to live in because of its cultural and ethnic diversity, affordable cost of living, low unemployment, and excellent public schools.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison attracts a diverse body of outstanding graduate students from around the world and provides state-of-the art research and teaching facilities, both in Madison and at multiple agricultural research stations throughout the state. Madison is a picturesque city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison attracts a diverse body of outstanding graduate students from around the world and provides state-of-the art research and teaching facilities, both in Madison and at multiple agricultural research stations throughout the state. Madison is a picturesque city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Application Procedures:
Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 101132-FA. Applications must be received through UW Madison's online application system.

To begin the process, please click "Apply Now".

Applicants should upload the following information as a single PDF document:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Two-page statement of research interests and future research plans
4) Two-page statement of Extension philosophy, approach, and experiences
5) One-page statement on how your scholarship, Extension activities, and mentoring align with the commitment of the Department of Plant Pathology to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community

In addition, applicants should have three letters of reference sent to We advise applicants to notify potential letter-writers well in advance that letters must be submitted no later than the deadline listed below.
Applications received by January 10, 2020, will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Preference will be given to candidates that exhibit a successful record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals; demonstrated ability to attract extramural funding; ability to work and communicate with diverse stakeholders, including the ability to bridge basic and applied research; and passion for collaborative work with a diverse array of faculty, staff, students, and growers.


Erin Silva
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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