Forage Systems Agroecologist

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Agronomy

Humanity’s grand challenge for the 21st Century is providing food security and sovereignty while building the capacity for future generations to do the same. This starts with reducing soil and nutrient runoff, minimizing groundwater contamination, fostering biodiversity, supporting thriving communities, and helping to stabilize the climate. Developing, improving, and expanding perennial or continuous cover agroecosystems is a critical part of achieving this goal. Continuous cover agroecosystems include permanent pastures, forages, perennial crops, and other cropping systems that mitigate environmental concerns while also providing feed for livestock. This vision of sustainability is central to our collective mission at the UW-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences and Department of Agronomy.

Thus, the Department of Agronomy seeks a 9-month tenure track or tenured Forage Systems Agroecologist to address this challenge. The position carries a commitment to the three important functions of instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the faculty rank. The incumbent will be expected to develop and grow an extramurally-funded research and Extension program recognized at the state, regional, national, and international levels. The Forage Systems Agroecologist should possess strong system thinking skills and the ability to integrate biological, physical, and economic variables that interact within and among agroecosystems at the field, farm, and landscape levels. The incumbent will develop and lead research and Extension programs that embody the Agronomy department and college mission statements. The incumbent will also develop, lead and partner with collaborative teams to obtain funding to develop, manage, and increase adoption of agroecosystems that fit the aforementioned challenges. Commitment to Extension and outreach activities and documenting impact of efforts is a critical component of this position, as is mentoring, supporting and developing students in a collaborative environment. The Department of Agronomy is committed to inclusivity and diversity; therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote these values.

Principal duties

  • CALS Extension-funded faculty are expected to generate, translate, and apply research-based knowledge and methods to issues and problems by integrating research and educational activities into a coherent body of work. CALS Extension-funded faculty are expected to provide leadership in the design, development, and implementation of educational programs and to document the impact of these efforts.
  • Develop an independent, externally-funded and recognized Extension and research program at the state, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate students, commensurate with college expectations and consistent with the teaching loads of the department. Mentor students and promote their development and success in a collaborative environment.
  • Contribute to outreach and service functions of the department, college, university, and professional societies.
  • Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

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.

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