Job ID: 128129

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

University of California, Davis

  • Aug. 26, 2019
  • Unit 18 Lecturer for Applied Biological Systems Technology (AY 2019-2020)
  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA
  • Oct. 26, 2019
  • January 2020
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Water Resources Engineering
    Sustainable Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
    Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics
    Food Process Engineering
    Ecological and Environmental
    Engineering Mechanics
    Energy Technology
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Engineering - Other

Description: 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.

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.

Qualifications: 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.

Filing Date: The position will remain open until filled. However, to ensure consideration applications should be received by 26 October 2019. The appointment is expected to begin in January 2020 or later.

Application Process: Applications should be submitted prior to the initial review date of 26 October 2019 via; applications received after this date cannot be assured consideration. Applicants should upload 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.

Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Shaunte Hill, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616, email For questions concerning the position, contact the recruitment advisory committee chair, Prof. Shrini Upadhyaya, at (530-752-8770). For additional information about the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, please see: and

  • 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.

    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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Contact Information

  • Shaunte Hill
    Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    University of California, Davis
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616
  • 5307525084

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