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The Research Center Administrators Society is a national non-profit organization whose membership is comprised of agricultural research station managers, directors, university, college and USDA administrators.



RCAS Mission:

The society mission is to advance the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge concerning the nature, use, improvement, and interrelationships of research center administration scientific research, and new technology.


2016 RCAS Winter Meeting
February 5-9, San Antonio, Texas




The 2016 SAAS Convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas, February 5-9. The Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverfront will be the site for lodging and all meetings.
Deadline to make reservations at the SAAS rate is Friday, January 22, 2016.
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210.222.1234 Fax: 210.451.6162
Click here for hotel and reservation details.

The San Antonio International Airport (SAT), located at 9800 Airport Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78216, is approximately 15 miles (9 minutes) from the conference hotel.




What our members say about RCAS:

“No man is an island.  That is a universal truth and especially true for people involved in agriculture and agricultural research.  The RCAS is a critical link for our Research Station Superintendents in North Carolina to be connected to others who face the same challenges and opportunities every day.  Our members frequently rely on Center Administrators in other states for advice, ideas, and comradery.  Before embarking on initiatives such as new technology, we know that there is someone within the society that has had some experience and we want to draw on that experience.  Members are open and honest and it truly is a society.  The Annual Meeting and the Summer Meeting are both great opportunities to form bonds and learn from others.  You always learn by talking with others and seeing similar operations in other states.  The RCAS is an organization in which we find great value and look to support its growth”.

Sandy Stewart
Research Stations Division Director
NCDA and NC State University


“Participation in RCAS provides a network where station managers can exchange ideas and learn from others with similar responsibilities.  Knowing that someone else is out there and might be able to help answer a question or has lived through a specific situation and is willing to share their knowledge is a valued asset.  The research location site visits and exposure to related agricultural businesses expands our understanding of how research and outreach supports the industry as a whole”. 

Steve Hawkins
Assistant Director Purdue Ag Centers




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.

Beaty DSA

  President Larry Earnest presents the 2015 RCAS Distinguished
Service Award to Jim Beaty at the annual awards banquet in Atlanta, GA.


Other Annoucements

Job Announcement : Director of Research Activities of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (MOAES)

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri seeks to fill the position of Director of Research Activities of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (MOAES).  The position has statewide responsibilities for MOAES facilities including the system of Agricultural Research Centers located throughout the state.  The Director will oversee operations for matters pertaining to the Centers.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to; supervision and oversight of the Field Operations crew, maintenance of open communication with Center superintendents, management of the annual Maintenance and Repair budget for support of MOAES facilities, interaction with appropriate campus, university and other authorities in relation to compliance and legal issues pertaining to the Centers. 

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience in the agricultural sector.  Work experience within a land grant agricultural experiment station and familiarity with farm operations and equipment is desired.  Candidates must have good interpersonal and communication skills, experience in budget management and the ability to work with numerous university offices, state/federal agencies, and agriculture-related private sector entities.  This position requires frequent travel around the state and occasional travel outside the state. 
Apply on line at  JobID #17791.
An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Institution.


The Purdue Department of Animal Sciences is seeking a Beef Systems Specialist. This professional
(non-faculty) staff position will be located at the Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center (FPAC) in
Lawrence County, southern Indiana. The successful individual will coordinate and manage the
Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP) which includes a bull testing program; coordinate the IBEEF
cooperator feeding and carcass performance program; and provide Extension education related to
those programs and to beef production systems. IBEP responsibilities will include promoting the
program; interacting with participating cooperators; scheduling animal deliveries; managing data
collection; developing monthly performance summaries for reporting to participants; managing cattle
in the performance facilities, including coordinating the animal care workforce; and managing the
finances of the program. The individual will work closely with the head and faculty of the Purdue
Animal Sciences Department to coordinate beef systems Extension and related research, work in
concert with the superintendent of FPAC for management of IBEP animals, and work with the IBEP
Board of Directors to establish and administer policies and procedures for the program. Beef cattle
management experience in pasture and/or feedlot systems is required.
Experience with cow herd management and calving is desired, as is experience with data management
software such as Cow Sense.

Requirements: MS or PhD (preferred) in Animal Science or closely related field.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Applications: Candidates should submit an application with resume to Purdue’s jobsite posting 1501617. A background check is required for employment in this position. Questions should
be directed to:

Alan Mathew, Professor and Head
Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University 915 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054 Phone: (765) 494-4806

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All
individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.



POSITION: Assistant Professor, Crop Physiologist/Agronomist - Water Stress and Irrigation.  12-month, tenure track.

LOCATION:  Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee (; West Tennessee Research and Education Center, Jackson, Tennessee ( 

EFFECTIVE DATE: Screening of applicant’s credentials will begin on December 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 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 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.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Position Announcement
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Position Description:  The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences seeks an Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist (non-tenure track) to fill a 100% Extension appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  The area served includes portions of the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains ecological regions with the candidate housed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, in Uvalde, Texas.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The successful applicant will be responsible for development and delivery of Extension programming in wildlife management.  Duties include (1) providing support to County Extension Agents and the development of County-level programming; (2) development of innovative Extension education materials directed at enhancing wildlife resources in Texas – programs of focus will include native game and non-game species of economic importance, and wildlife-livestock interactions; (3) collaborating with a network of wildlife biologists and other natural resource managers and scientists within state and federal agencies and non-governmental conservation groups; (4) contribute to expansion of youth conservation education programs; (5) development of external funding sources for supporting Extension and applied research activities in faculty member’s area of expertise; and (6) Provide general support to the land grant mission of the Texas A&M University System 7) design and conduct applied research projects as necessary to address wildlife management issues.

Administrative Relationships:  The Extension Wildlife Specialist will report administratively to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and will respond to Extension Administration through the Department Head and Associate Department Head for Extension in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

Qualifications:  Completed Ph.D. in Wildlife Science or closely related discipline; record of experience with educational outreach programs preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and education.

Application Process:  Must post application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and supporting materials by September 21, 2015 via Great Jobs at: and searching by NOV # 08786








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    Sep 2015 – North Carolina

     Feb 2016 – San Antonio, Texas

    Fall 2016 - Colorado




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For  general information contact Robert Dunker, RCAS Communications Officer.

(217) 244-5444