Open Faculty Positions
Associate Dean for Extension and Diversity
The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Extension and Diversity with appointment as Full Professor with tenure in a CAHNR Department related to the candidate’s academic discipline. We are seeking an inspirational, dynamic, and visionary individual to provide exemplary College-level leadership in two important areas: Extension and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), in alignment with the College and University strategic vision. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment, with approximately 70% effort related to Extension leadership and 30% effort related to JEDI leadership. This person will have an outstanding record of professional accomplishments commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor, with the opportunity for tenure at hire.
The CAHNR Associate Dean for Extension and Diversity will provide innovative leadership in planning, facilitating, supporting, and evaluating statewide Extension programs and JEDI initiatives across the College. CAHNR has 9 Departments, including a Department of Extension. The departments incorporate a wide range of disciplines within traditional agriculture, as well as health, the environment, and natural resources. The College includes 189 tenured, tenure-track, and teaching faculty, 97 staff, 473 graduate students and 2,036 undergraduate students. The Associate Dean for Extension and Diversity plays a key role in the daily functions of the College as a member of the CAHNR leadership team. The Associate Dean reports directly to the Dean.
Faculty Positions by Department
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Faculty, Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Open Rank
The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a faculty position (tenure-track or in-residence faculty at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank) in innovation and entrepreneurship, focusing on human or animal dietary supplements and functional food ingredients, including nutraceuticals, for the prevention of diseases and improvement of health. The successful candidate will be a team leader and team player, working collaboratively with other faculty at UConn in developing and directing a highly innovative and entrepreneurial applied/translational research program in the aforementioned areas. The candidate is expected to demonstrate previous success in transitioning scientific research and discoveries to the market for economic development, including prior entrepreneurial activities such as successful patent application and licensing research, and acquiring venture capital for technology commercialization and startup company formation. In addition, the candidate is expected to work with entrepreneurs, investors, and industry partners to generate funds in support of his/her research as well as seeking federal funding such as SBIR and STIR grants. Additional responsibilities include developing innovative undergraduate/graduate courses encompassing candidate’s discipline, innovation and entrepreneurship, and mentoring faculty in entrepreneurial skills.
Natural Resources & the Environment
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
4-H Youth Development Food and Agricultural Literacy- Assistant/Associate Cooperative Extension Educator
The Department of Extension is seeking applicants for a full-time (11-month), non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Extension Educator, primarily based at the Fairfield County Extension Office in Bethel, CT. Extension Educators are community-based faculty who make a difference in communities by connecting community needs with university resources. Position level/rank will be commensurate with experience working with Extension. The anticipated start date is January 2022.
Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in Soil Health
The Department of Extension is seeking applicants for a full-time (11 month) non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Extension Educator. The successful applicant will assess, develop and deliver impactful extension programs on soil health, regenerative agriculture, and conservation practices. These programs will build an Extension program focused on creating more climate and economically resilient agricultural systems through improved knowledge of soils and soil health and will include soil and livestock manure management. This Extension Educator will collaborate with UConn personnel, state and federal agency partners, growers, and producers as appropriate. The successful applicant will develop an interdisciplinary education and applied research program in soil health addressing diverse cropping systems that include ornamental and turf crops, food and forage crops as well as composting that utilizes manure, food waste, and other organics. They will have familiarity with how to leverage federal, state, and regional programs to protect, preserve, and restore Connecticut soils. This includes collaborating with USDA - NRCS, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, CT Department of Agriculture, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and other stakeholders to ensure growers, farmers and land managers are well informed and have the proper tools and knowledge to successfully build and maintain soil health. The plan of work will include making recommendations for using appropriate management practices and the latest technologies to protect water quality and quantity as well as other natural resources of CT and Long Island Sound.