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Assistant or Associate Professor of Enology and Director Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute

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Posting Number 700166
Working Title Assistant or Associate Professor of Enology and Director Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute
Advertised Employing Department Food Science and Human Nutrition
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment A - Faculty (12 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date July 1, 2018, or to be negotiated
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is seeking applicants for an assistant or associate professor of Enology (tenure-eligible) and Director of the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute (MGWII). The Position Responsibilities are 40% research, 40% Extension and Outreach and 20% administration. MGWII provides applied research and extension education to the grape and wine industry in Iowa and surrounding states. In collaboration with faculty in food science, horticulture and extension and outreach field specialists, the MGWII engages and informs vineyards and wineries with research-based information to advance the quality and marketability of wine from the Midwest region.

The Director will be responsible for providing leadership and vision for the MGWII by enhancing research and educational programming. The incumbent will develop and conduct applied and investigative research related to wine production, quality and processing, and viniculture. Forming collaborative research teams with faculty in food science, such as microbiology, sensory, chemistry and processing, and with faculty in horticulture on grape production, is anticipated. The incumbent will be expected to secure external funding for research from the USDA, private foundations or related agencies.

The Director will be responsible for developing and coordinating educational workshops, informational guides and online materials to enhance the production of quality wines within Iowa and surrounding states. In partnership with on-campus and ISU Extension field personnel, the Director will provide educational programs and materials related to grape and wine production.

The Director will supervise the MGWII staff that includes an administrative assistant, enology production coordinator, and technical laboratory workers. Administrative responsibilities include fiscal and human resources management.

The successful incumbent will be an expert in enology with experience in wine production. Demonstrated ability to conduct research and educational programming in enology is expected. The position rank and title will be defined by the qualifications of the applicant.

Required Education and Experience

For consideration at the assistant professor rank, a PhD in a discipline supportive of the job responsibilities, experience in wine production, and demonstrated ability to conduct research and educational programming in enology is required.

For consideration at the associate professor rank, in addition to the above, the candidate must meet university standards for appointment to the rank. A record of scholarship and evidence of demonstrated leadership including national prominence in his/her field with appropriate publications/journal articles, student mentoring, and/or teaching.

Preferred Education and Experience
  • Experience in securing extramural funding.
  • Experience with collaborative research.
  • Scholarly works related to enology.
  • Experience in fiscal and human resources management.
Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description

Food Science and Human Nutrition is a comprehensive academic department with 34 tenure-track faculty and over 600 undergraduates with majors in Food Science, Culinary Food Science, Dietetics, Nutritional Science, and Diet and Exercise. Our graduate programs include MS and PhD options in both Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences. FSHN provides excellent research facilities including chemical, sensory and microbiological laboratories, food processing pilot plants, and fermentation facilities. The department of Horticulture provides research facilities and greenhouses, and operates a research farm near campus. Faculty conduct research on fruits and vegetables, including viticulture. Iowa hosts almost 100 licensed wineries and over 300 vineyards. The MGWII supports the grape and wine industry in the state through educational, research and analytical services.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Ruth MacDonald
Department Contact Phone 515-294-5991
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

Position may be hired at the tenure-eligible assistant professor or tenured associate professor level.

Faculty tenure home must be in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Director position is a four-year term appointment renewable in the third year.

Director serves at the pleasure of the Dean.

Review of applications will begin January 16, 2018 however the position will be open until filled

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Career goals
4) Research plan and goals
5) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 01/15/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Professor - 1700
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Career Goals
  4. Statement of Teaching and/or Research Interests
  5. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents