Professor and Director, Rice Research & Extension Center

University of Arkansas
Job Location
Stuttgart, AR
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time twelve-month, nontenure-track appointment.
Job Description

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture seeks an energetic
individual to provide creative and exemplary leadership for the Rice Research and Extension
Center (RREC) located near Stuttgart, AR. The Director will provide leadership for the
multidisciplinary team of eleven research and Extension faculty, approximately 50 classified and
non-classified staff, and hourly support staff. The Director will serve the Division as a
recognized authority and spokesperson in many aspects of rice production, rice processing and
rice marketing. The successful candidate will proactively lead the faculty and staff in building
and maintaining strong, multidisciplinary research and extension programs in applied and basic
research focusing on the needs of the Arkansas rice industry.
The RRREC 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:


Minimum Qualifications: 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.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a letter stating their interest in this position, and their
qualifications including professional vitae and names of five individuals who may be contacted
for letters of reference. In addition, the applicant is asked to provide a one-page statement on:
(1) his/her professional goals, (2) the challenges facing the rice industry and (3) an approach to
addressing these challenges including his/her philosophy of administrative leadership.
Applications should be submitted to:

Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin September 1, 2017 and will continue until a
qualified candidate is identified.

About Our Organization

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action institution. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of
Information Act and persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United

A research duo finds that science and technology graduate students who turn away from academic careers do so because of changes in their own interests.

Students whose classmates are interested in science are more likely to think about a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, a new study says.

CNBC reports that the genetic counseling field is expected to grow as personalized medicine becomes more common.

Gladys Kong writes at Fortune that her STEM background has helped her as a CEO.