Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers

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Also known as:
Agricultural Soil Conservation Professor, Agronomy Professor, Animal Husbandry Professor, Animal Science Professor, Aquaculture and Fisheries Professor, Farm Management Professor, Floriculture Professor, Horticulture Instructor, Olericulture Professor

ABOUT POSTSECONDARY AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES TEACHER CAREERS
Video transcript

From farms and ranches, to fisheries and forests, science plays a vital role in all aspects of agriculture. Training the next generation of specialists in this area is the work of agricultural sciences teachers, post-secondary. These teachers are usually found at universities, college, and community colleges. They are responsible for developing the course material for students interested in furthering their education in agriculture.

Using lectures and discussions, work assignments and examinations, teachers cover a wide array of subjects. For example, plant genetics, fishery management, and agricultural soil conservation. Some school work may take place out in the field, affording students more hands-on experience.

Post-secondary teachers need extensive knowledge of the sciences, including biology and chemistry. Good communication skills are essential. These educators also act as advisors, counseling students on career choices. Post-secondary teachers have a range of educational backgrounds - from expertise in their field to graduate degrees.

While the work schedule is flexible, teachers should expect to be in class 12 to 16 hours a week. Employment opportunities for post-secondary teachers in general are expected to expand faster than most other occupations. Agricultural sciences teachers are helping to keep our country on the leading edge of food production and resource conservation.

SNAPSHOT
Teach courses in the agricultural sciences. Includes teachers of agronomy, dairy sciences, fisheries management, horticultural sciences, poultry sciences, range management, and agricultural soil conservation. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.

Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.

Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
TOP SKILLS
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.