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Professor and Director, Rice Research and Extension Center

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Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number F332P
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Working Title Professor and Director, Rice Research and Extension Center
Department Rice Research & Extension Center
About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

The RREC is located in the heart of the Grand Prairie region of Arkansas and comprised of approximately 850 acres of irrigated field research, ten modern laboratories, six greenhouses, and a modern office/conference center. A new, state-of-the-art Foundation Seed Plant is located at the RREC. The focus is rice production, but Division faculty also conduct soybean, corn, grain sorghum and wheat research and demonstrations at the RREC. Foundation Seed Rice, Soybeans and Wheat are produced, cleaned, conditioned, bagged and sold at the RREC. The support and operations budget at the RREC exceeds $1.3 million.

The USDA’s Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center is co-located with the RREC. More information regarding the RREC is available at:

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Job Type Faculty
Appointment Percent 100
Salary Commensurate and competive based upon training and experience
Campus, Office Location Stuttgart, AR
Summary of Job Duties

Provide leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing the research and Extension programs conducted at the Rice Research and Extension Center (RREC). Duties will include administrative and fiscal leadership for the RREC personnel, programs and physical resources; program planning, faculty development, and pursuit of extramural funding; coordination with other university programs, professional and governmental agencies, and industry groups. The successful candidate will be active in industry support groups including, but not limited to the Arkansas Rice Research & Promotion Board, Rice Technical Working Group, Rice Industry Alliance, Arkansas Farm Bureau, USA and Arkansas Rice Federation, and the Agricultural Council of Arkansas. The Director will help establish research and Extension priorities related to rice production, processing, and marketing. The Director will also provide overall leadership for planning and execution of the Rice Expo, an annual research and Extension event featuring field tours of research, classroom presentations, speeches, exhibits and contests for approximately 1,100 stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

Candidates must have an earned Ph.D., or equivalent, in Agriculture or a closely related discipline, and a sufficient record of professional accomplishments that would qualify for the rank of Professor. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with both scientific audiences and stakeholder audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

The candidate’s record should demonstrate the administrative skills to lead a dynamic research and Extension program, including the ability to collaborate and communicate with diverse clientele. Demonstrated fiscal and personnel management, excellence in written and oral communication skills, ability to attract extramural funding, interest in providing multi-disciplinary leadership and coordination of diverse research interests is preferred. Prior experience in the Land Grant University System, including field research, laboratory research, and/or Extension education is highly desirable.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division’s Office of Affirmative Action at

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes
Does this position require a background check? Yes
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Does this position require a substance abuse test? No
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Anticipated Start Date
Recruitment Contact Information

Nathan McKinney, Interim Director
University of Arkansas
Rice Research & Extension Center
2900 Hwy 130 E.
Stuttgart, AR 72160

Special Instructions Summary
Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.
EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internal Posting No
City, St. Stuttgart, AR

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
Optional Documents