Assistant Teaching Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 011100 - Plant and Soil Sciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Position Function:

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a 100% Assistant Teaching Professor. The successful candidate for this position will hold a 9-month, non-tenure track appointment with a starting date on or after August 16, 2024. Candidates with a Ph.D. in a related field would qualify for appointment as Assistant Teaching Professor. A research, service, and/or outreach appointment may be negotiated depending on the skill set and interests of the candidate. The incumbent will work in concert with faculty and staff from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, other departments and research extension centers located on- and off-campus, and other institutions to deliver educational opportunities in floral design and management.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Plant and Soil Sciences is a comprehensive department with 32 on – and 26 off-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, extension and/or service programs, most of whom carry joint appointments. The programs are supported by 32 support and professional staff. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in agronomy, horticulture and environmental science in agricultural systems, and has approximately 116 undergraduate students in agronomy; 36 in horticulture; and 11 in environmental science in agricultural systems. The department offers master's and doctoral programs, with 57 students currently majoring in either agronomy, horticulture, or weed science. The teaching, research, extension and service programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and trained personnel. The department holds two endowed chairs and faculty are nationally prominent, with 4 Fellows in national/international societies. Agronomic and horticultural industries are significant contributors to Mississippi’s agricultural economy (combined value of $8.75 billion with 13 million acres under management). The department is committed to enhancing its statewide, national and international reputation for excellence. More information about the department can be found at

Area of Specialization:

Floral Design-Management/Horticulture/Floriculture

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2024. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful applicant for this position will teach the equivalent of four courses per semester which may include general floral design laboratories, floral design for special events, postharvest care of floral products, sympathy floral design, etc. The successful candidate will also serve as advisor for the Mississippi State University student chapter of SAIFD. Summer salary may be generated by the successful applicant through external funding or other areas of service depending on availability of funding and needs of the Department and/or College. Active participation in supervising and training graduate students is expected. Service is an integral part of this position and should be in support of the Department, College, professional societies, etc. The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated experience in multiple facets of floral design and plant management, and prior teaching experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned Ph.D. to be appointed as Assistant Teaching Professor in floral management or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. Students who are ABD will be considered. Familiarity with multiple aspects of floral design and/or flower shop operations as well as horticultural production is preferred but not essential. Prior teaching experience is highly desirable. Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills are important and the willingness to address issues in a team environment. National Floral Accreditation (CFD or AIFD) is desired.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Link to apply:

Upload a cover letter, current resume, and list of three professional references.

Screening Date:

February 26, 2024, until filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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