Assistant Professor, Extension Entomology – Overton Position Announcement


Position:  Assistant Professor, Extension Entomology at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Overton, Texas. Appointment is 100% Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 12-mo., non-tenured base funded position.

General Duties and Responsibilities: Lead the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educational and applied research efforts in commercial ornamental, residential ornamental and turf, greenhouse, and urban agricultural integrated pest management (IPM) programming statewide. Provide county support in entomology primarily related to ornamental crops, home and municipal gardening, turf and other urban agriculture needs as necessary in the AgriLife East Region. The incumbent will be expected to effectively work with colleagues (in Extension, research, other colleges, seed/chemical industry, nursery/greenhouse industry, USDA, and others) in interdisciplinary teams to educate stakeholders regarding the biology and best management practices of agricultural pest arthropods (and other pests as necessary). The incumbent will work with Extension Agents and Specialists to plan, conduct, and evaluate educational programs on pest biology and management. The Extension Entomologist will serve clientele through applied research, information delivery, and development and use of appropriate training/teaching materials. Incumbent is expected to become a leader in ornamental, greenhouse, turf, and urban agriculture IPM in the Texas East Region, and in other parts of Texas and other states. Support of the mission of the Department of Entomology is expected including, but not limited to, the securing of extramural funding, scholarly publication, participation in graduate student advising, mentoring undergraduate students, and active participation in professional societies. As opportunities arise, the incumbent should form partnerships with on-campus faculty to address stakeholder needs. The incumbent is expected to participate in the training of graduate students.

Administrative Relationships: The incumbent will be a faculty member in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, supervised by the Associate Department Head for Extension Entomology and the Entomology Department Head. The Extension Entomologist will be a part of the faculty at the Overton Research and Extension Center and will work with faculty, staff, and administrative staff at the Center. The individual shall exhibit collegiality to all faculty, staff, students, clientele groups, and administrators, and cooperate and collaborate with Department and Center Faculty, District Extension Administrators, Regional Program Directors, County Extension Agents-Ag/NR, and Extension Agents-IPM.

Qualifications:  Ph.D. (completed or anticipated completion by January 1, 2022), in entomology or closely related field is required. Quantifiable knowledge and experience in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of greenhouse, nursery, and field experiments and educational programming of pest management tactics is essential. Candidate must have demonstrated ability to work closely with diverse audiences, to communicate effectively (both oral and written), and to function effectively as a team member or leader.

Facilities: The Overton Center houses 15 Research and Extension faculty, providing excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Facilities include greenhouse, laboratory and office space, and an auditorium. Research can be conducted in greenhouse, laboratory, and field space on the experiment station at Overton, TX, or on nursery-cooperator facilities. The Overton Center is in northeast Texas and constitutes the hub of Texas’ commercial greenhouse/nursery industry.

Closing Date:  February 18, 2022, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

How to apply: The full announcement is at To apply you MUST complete an on-line application and follow the directions to apply for this position (R-044763) at the stated website. During the application process, you will need to attach a resume, cover letter, copies of transcripts, and up to four publication reprints all in the same online application session. Three letters of reference should be submitted, and these, and any other documents not yet submitted, can be e-mailed to:  All documents must be received by the closing date.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Peggy Lundstrom ( “Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer”.

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