Unit 18 Lecturer for Applied Biological Systems Technology - AY 2019-2020


Open date: August 26th, 2019

Next review date: Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of California, Davis, is recruiting for an open Lecturer position to offer instruction in the Applied Biological Systems Technology program.

Service dates are:
Winter Quarter 2020: January 3, 2020 – March 20, 2020
Spring Quarter 2020: March 26, 2020 – June 11, 2020

The successful candidate will be expected to offer instruction providing the technical foundation, practical knowledge, and a hands-on experiential learning environment concerning: 
• farm machinery principles, operation and practices, 
• equipment and technology used on small farms, 
• engines and related technologies, 
• fabrication in wood, metal and other materials, and 
• teaching of agricultural mechanics for students in agricultural and environmental education credential programs.

The expected workload involves conducting lectures and laboratories for courses during the regular academic year (each quarter is 10 weeks long). The lecturer will initially teach the following courses:
• ABT 015 Wood Properties and Fabrication 
• ABT 049 Field Equipment Operation 
• ABT 052 Field Equipment Welding 
• ABT 101 Engine Technology 
• ABT 142 Equipment and Technology for Small Farms

Following a potential for reappointment after Spring 2020, the lecturer would be expected to teach the following courses in addition to those listed above:
• ABT 016 Metal Properties and Fabrication
• ABT 317 Teaching Agricultural Mechanics

All courses with the exception of ABT 101 (3 units) are currently 2 units, with opportunities to revise the curriculum in the future as a part of a proposed agricultural and environmental technology major program, if approved. Other courses may need to be taught on a rotational basis. Safety and safe practice are of primary importance to the University of California and this position involves teaching courses in which safety is a major consideration. The successful candidate will ensure University safety policies are met and instill safety and help build a culture of safety throughout the academic program.

Review of applications will begin after the initial review date; the position is otherwise open until filled (OTF). Interested persons should apply via https://recruit.ucdavis.edu by uploading a curriculum vitae, cover letter, evidence of teaching proficiency (e.g., teaching evaluations and peer review documents, course syllabi, if available), reprints or other examples of scholarly and/or professional attainments, Statement of Teaching, Statement of Engineering/Technology Experience, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and names and contact information for a minimum of three references.

The minimum professional degree requirement is a B.S. or equivalent in engineering, science, or a technology field, AND an M.S. or M.E. in a field related to agriculture such as agricultural and biological engineering, mechanized agriculture, precision agriculture, or agricultural education with emphasis in agricultural mechanics. A Ph.D. in biological and agricultural engineering or a related discipline is preferred. Other qualifications:

  • Evidence of teaching excellence or potential for excellence, a commitment to quality undergraduate and professional education, and a record of scholarly or professional achievement in precision agriculture or an area of expertise related to the subject areas of the courses.
  • Significant technical experience, broad knowledge of agricultural practices and current technology.
  • Expertise in the subject matter areas for the specific courses to be taught.
  • Leadership and organizational skills relevant to successful teaching and a capability to stay abreast with the state-of-the-art and a desire to interact with campus educators and researchers.
  • An ability to teach, direct teaching assistants, instill safety culture in all academic programs, and maintain a safe learning environment.
  • Ability to develop courses and select appropriate course content.

Salary and Appointment Level:
Commensurate with experience and course assignment.

The University of California, Davis, is one of ten campuses within the University of California system and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The city of Davis in which the campus is located is a progressive university town in the Sacramento Valley 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 15 miles west of Sacramento, California's capital.

The University of California, Davis, and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality, inclusion and diversity. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e.g., e-cigarettes) is prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis—indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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More information about this recruitment: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03047


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching - Describe teaching experience showing a significant technical experience, and a broad knowledge of agricultural practices and current technology.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

  • Statement of Engineering/Technology Experience

  • Course Syllabi (Optional)

  • Reprints or other examples of scholarly and/or professional attainments (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)


Applications here: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03047

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