Job description


  • Entry level
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  • Salary to negotiate
  • Michigan


Ast Inst/ Inst Fixed Term

Job no: 624720
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Agricultural Technology Institute 10002042
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Muskegon
Categories: Fixed Term Faculty, Agriculture, Non-Union, Part Time (1-49.9%)
Working/Functional TitleAst Inst/ Inst Fixed Term

Position SummaryInstructional responsibilities include teaching HRT 206 - Training and Pruning Plants (1 credit) for the Institute of Agricultural Technology during the Spring Semester 2020. Course will be delivered in Muskegon, MI at Muskegon Community College for 10 weeks. HRT 206 contact hours will be 2 hours a week-February 10 through April 24, 2020.

HRT 206 is an introductory level course that provides the principles and techniques of pruning for landscape and nursery ornamentals, Christmas tree production, tree fruits, and small fruits. Pruning practices, equipment and basic large tree care techniques.

Desired Learning Outcomes

Understand plant anatomy and biology as it pertains to training and pruning techniques.

Evaluate and apply training and pruning practices to:

Trees, shrubs, and perennials in landscape and nursery industries.

Tree fruit and small fruit production systems.

Understand and explain the economic importance of training and pruning.

Recognize and understand climbing techniques and pruning as it relates to large tree care.

Position is planned to recur every Spring Semester.

Required DegreeMasters -Horticulture and related fields

Desired DegreeOther -Horticulture and related fields

Minimum RequirementsQualifications:

Instructor -Masters Degree

Ast. Instructor - B.S. in Horticulture or related fields.

Experience in pruning and training plants.

Knowledge and skills to develop resources, teach pruning and training concepts.

Excellent teaching, oral and written communication skills.

Desired QualificationsMasters or Ph.D. in Horticulture or related fields.

Experience in development and assessment of learning outcomes.

Undergraduate teaching experience and a passion for teaching.

Required Application MaterialsApplication Procedure:

Applicants may apply for this position via the link at

1) Letter of application/interest

2) Current resume

3) List of three references

3) A statement of experiences related to the course

Special InstructionsQuestions about the position can be directed to Dr. Randy Showerman,

Review of Applications Begins On12/16/2019

MSU StatementMichigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Dec 2, 2019 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Dec 2, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

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