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Oregon State University
  • Position Number: 4253515
  • Location: Corvallis, OR
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

Agricultural Sciences Instructor - Native American Focus

Oregon State University

Department: General Agriculture (AED)

Appointment Type: Academic Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience

Job Summary:
The Department of General Agriculture invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Instructor position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

The instructor will provide innovative instruction in our Agricultural Sciences classes while also engaging and providing service, as needed, in our Leadership, Agricultural Education, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Communications programs. This instructor will coordinate, facilitate, and teach Native American courses, develop additional courses, and lead co-generative collaboration with Tribal/Indigenous communities. The position will support the university, College of Agricultural Sciences, and Department of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences strategic plans.

Oregon State University's commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. The incumbent must be aware of, sensitive to, and demonstrate the ability to work well with diverse students and with a diverse workforce. OSU's Strategic Plan articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and equalizing student success. College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for extension and outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for a diverse audience.
Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR is located within the traditional homelands of the Mary's River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 (Kalapuya etc. Treaty), Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon ( and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians (

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We dont wait for challenges to present themselves - we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
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Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon States beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of Americas best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine county. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
75% TeachingTeach undergraduate and graduate level courses in Agricultural Sciences, with a specific emphasis on teaching our departments Native American-focused courses.Develop and redevelop both Ecampus and Corvallis campus Agricultural Sciences courses.
20% Program Administration and Advising
Serve as the coordinator of the departments Native American courses. Serve as the lead for course development and planning for these courses. Facilitate relationships with on and off campus community members. Coordinate continuity across program offerings.Serve as an advisor/mentor to Agricultural Sciences students interested in this area of study.
5% Service and Professional Development
Service the department, college, university and profession through committee service and leadership as appropriate and requested by the department, college and university administration. The individual in this position is encouraged to serve on state, regional, national and/or Tribal committees appropriate to position responsibilities and to participate in professional organization activities. Examples of service activities could include serving on College of Agricultural Sciences committees, OSU leadership committees, and professional organizations.

What You Will Need
Masters degree in Agriculture, Native American/Indigenous Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources, Anthropology, Food Systems, Land Stewardship, or related discipline

Expertise in agricultural science as related to Indigenous people

Evidence of successful teaching experience in formal and/or nonformal Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), or Native American science courses.

Demonstrated background and experience working with Tribal nations/indigenous communities.

Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the ability to work with diverse faculty, students, industry clientele, and stakeholders.

Demonstrated success and commitment to effective teaching, research, scholarship, and/or service.

Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of types of learners in diverse settings such as online education, continuing professional development, et cetera.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, develop partnerships, and coordinate teams to implement new ideas, initiatives, or programs.

What We Would Like You to Have
PhD or terminal degree in Agriculture, Native American/Indigenous Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources, Anthropology, Food Systems, Land Stewardship, or related discipline

Demonstrated ability to teach in other department areas including agricultural education and agricultural sciences and natural resource communications

Demonstrated success in undergraduate and graduate student mentoring
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with local, state, national, and Tribal communities/stakeholders

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 15, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A Curriculum Vitae; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

Please provide statements responding to the following questions:

A. What has been your experience, involvement, and impact working with Tribal communities? (Attach as Other Document 1).

B. What is your teaching philosophy? Specifically, how do you design learning experiences, deliver content, provide meaningful assignments, assess student learning, and connect with students? (Attach as Statement of Teaching).

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:
Elizabeth Thomas

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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