Donnie Davis Elected RCAS President
The 2015 RCAS Winter Meeting was held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on January 31 -February 3, 2015.
Newly elected President Donnie Davis, University of Kentucky, presents outgoing President Larry Earnest, University of Arkansas the president plaque of appreciation from the membership at the RCAS banquet .
The 2015 RCAS
Distinguished Service Award to Jim Beaty, Purdue University
Jim Beaty, superintendent of the Purdue University Agronomy Center for Research and Education since 1986, has received the Research Center Administrators Society’s Distinguished Service Award. The award, given for service, leadership and outstanding contributions to RCAS over an extended period, was presented during the group’s annual meeting Feb. 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. RCAS is the national society for administrators of field stations, research and education centers or other branch research facilities of state agricultural experiment stations.
Beaty has been treasurer of the RCAS since 2011 and previously served as president, past president, vice president and secretary. He also has also been active with membership and recruitment, serving as moderator at RCAS meetings, and with annual meeting program planning, including as program chair. He has made presentations at annual meetings and served on various committees.
Beaty planned, coordinated and helped host RCAS summer meetings that included tours of Purdue University field research facilities in 2002. Beaty received a bachelor’s degree in 1977 and a master’s in agronomy in 1986, both from Purdue.
President Larry Earnest presents the 2015 RCAS Distinguished
Award to Jim Beaty at the annual awards banquet in Atlanta, GA.
POSITION: Assistant Professor, Crop Physiologist/Agronomist - Water Stress and Irrigation. 12-month, tenure track.
LOCATION: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee (http://plantsciences.utk.edu); West Tennessee Research and Education Center, Jackson, Tennessee (http://west.tennessee.edu).
EFFECTIVE DATE: Screening of applicant’s credentials will begin on August 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is a 75% research/25% extension appointment in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The person in this position will be located at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. This person will be expected to work independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team to develop a nationally recognized research and extension program related to physiological stress and irrigation in agronomic crops. Research areas could include whole plant physiology and plant stress in irrigated and dryland crops primarily related to the production of cotton, soybean, corn, and other field crops in Tennessee. Some other key areas of research could include crop irrigation timing, crop modeling, plant growth regulation, cultivar trait evaluation, and plant responses to climate change. Development of a strong research/extension program is expected, including training of graduate students, publication of research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals, presentation at professional meetings, and collaboration on extension publications. Monetary support for research activities will largely depend on extramural funding obtained by this individual.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Crop Physiology, Agronomy or related agricultural field. A strong background in plant physiology is preferred. Applicants must demonstrate potential for success in the following areas:
- Peer-reviewed publications
- Extramural funding
- Competitive grant writing
- Presentation of research results at professional meetings
- Ability to conduct field/greenhouse/laboratory research at the whole plant level
- Work in a multidisciplinary, collaborative team environment
Excellent communication skills in written and oral English are required and all applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a long-term basis.
SALARY: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with training and experience.
SUPPORT: The candidate's lab and supporting greenhouse facilities will reside at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center. Field research facilities are available at the Tennessee Agricultural Research and Education Centers located in the different physiographic areas of Tennessee.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit the following materials: a letter of application that outlines research and extension vision, a curriculum vitae, official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the names, postal and e-mail addresses and phone numbers of four references. Submit materials to Ms. Dawn Seigel electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Ms. Dawn Seigel, Department of Plant Sciences, 2431 Joe Johnson Dr. 252 Ellington Plant Sciences, Knoxville, TN 37996-4561. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Frank Yin, at email@example.com or 731-425-4750.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.
Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.
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