University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Post-Doc Position

Position Number X1544: Post-doc/Program Manager, International Programs

The Office of International Programs at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) is seeking a full-time Program Manager at the post-doctoral level to expand its international portfolio across the three missions of research, education and extension.

UTIA has an extended history of international engagement across the globe and is committed to realize the value of international engagement for a better Tennessee. UTIA’s international vision includes both generating globally-oriented graduates and developing collaborative research and extension opportunities for its faculty and staff. UTIA recently appointed the Smith Chair in International Sustainable Agriculture to lead and grow its international engagement. The Program Manager will work closely with the Smith Chair and be a key team player contributing to the growth of international engagement across the institute. This position is a limited duration appointment that will last one year.  This position may be extended for up to two additional years depending upon funding and satisfactory work performance.


The focus of this appointment will be on program development with collaborators across the globe, with a primary emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. This is a full-time appointment reporting directly to the Smith Chair in International Sustainable Agriculture, located at UTIA’s Knoxville campus. The successful candidate will:
·         Build faculty teams across UTIA to obtain funding from federal, international and private donor agencies for international agricultural research, education and/or extension projects
·         Strengthen teaching programs through globalizing existing curricula and supporting the development of the International Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) minor to prepare students to thrive in an increasingly globalizing world.
·         Expand the portfolio of UTIA faculty and student research engagement in Latin America and around the world
·         Collaborate with UTIA faculty and UT Extension to build outreach programs to strengthen families, communities and youth in Tennessee, particularly those with significant Hispanic and other Latin American and Caribbean populations

Required Qualifications and Experience:

·         Ph.D. in international agriculture, international development, or any agricultural or related discipline with an international dimension (ABD will be considered but must have Ph.D. in hand by December 2015)
·         Broad understanding of the global dimensions of agriculture, natural resource and food systems
·         Experience working in a country outside the United States
·         International program development, including grant writing experience and success in obtaining extramural funding
·         Demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams and knowledge of and commitment to equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion
·         Understanding of and commitment to the land-grant mission of research, education and extension

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

·         Experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean
·         Proficiency in oral and written Spanish and/or Portuguese
·         Previous college teaching experience
·         Project management and administration experience

About the UT system

The University of Tennessee System is comprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin, the Health Science Center at Memphis, and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service. The University of Tennessee System has a presence in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Through the combined force of its education, research and outreach, the University serves students, business and industry, schools, governments, organizations, and citizens throughout the state.

Statewide, the University provides a range of accessible and affordable educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as a choice of highly regarded professional schools. About 49,000 students are enrolled and more than 355,000 alumni live throughout the state, nation and world.

About UTIA:

As an independent component of the UT system, with linkages to the University of Tennessee Knoxville through academic programs, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) was established in 1869. UTIA, through its colleges, research and education centers, and county extension offices, serves the people of Tennessee and beyond through the discovery, communication and application of knowledge. UTIA is made up of four units that provide instruction, research and public service: AgResearch, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and UT Extension. UTIA’s main campus is in Knoxville, Tennessee, but the institute also operates 10 Research and Education Centers throughout the state, as well as having a presence in all 95 counties through Extension.

To apply:

Qualified persons are requested to submit 1) a letter of application detailing their ability to carry out the responsibilities of the position as described, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) names and contact information (address and telephone number) of three references. Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Tom Gill, Smith Chair in International Sustainable Agriculture, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, 2621 Morgan Circle, Knoxville, TN 37996. Questions regarding the position may be sent to Dr. Tom Gill at (865-974-5315). Electronic submission is required via website ( . Official transcripts will be required prior to starting employment.
Salary is commensurate with experience.

First review of applicants will begin October 5, 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Anticipated start date is January 1, 2016.