Founding Chair of Viticulture and Enology
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) seeks a visionary and distinguished leader to be Founding Chair of the newly established Department of Viticulture and Enology. The position offers an exciting opportunity for leadership in developing new strategic initiatives and in further advancing established areas of excellence in teaching, research, and extension. Members of the Department conduct teaching, research, and Extension activities to train and inform students and stakeholders working in wine and juice grape production and wine and winemaking.
The Department of Viticulture and Enology is dedicated to the continuing development and expansion of scientific and technical knowledge to its diverse stakeholders including wineries, wine and juice grape growers, consumers, students, governmental, and private agencies. Washington’s wine and juice industries were founded in the 1930s and have grown into one of Washington’s premier enterprises, today contributing more than $8 billion to Washington State’s economy.
The Department’s mission is to create and translate information for the development of industry and academic leaders, innovation through extraordinary research, teaching, and Extension/outreach for the region and the world. The successful candidate will be located at the state-of-the-art Wine Science Center on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA.
The Founding Chair will be an individual with outstanding academic or industry credentials who can articulate and execute a clear, shared vision for leading and developing the Department while promoting a shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect, and support within the Department, College, University, and industry. The Founding Chair will have opportunities to make disciplinary contributions across functional areas according to their interests and skill set.
The Founding Chair is responsible for all aspects of the curriculum offered by the Department, distributing the teaching, research, and extension responsibilities, overseeing the equipment/facilities assigned to the unit, allocating and supervising departmental funds, conducting annual reviews of faculty and staff, and performing other duties assigned by the Dean of the College, Chancellor, and Provost. The Founding Chair will oversee an academic program that grants a B.S. degree in Viticulture and Enology and a high-demand Extension certificate program. Graduate degrees that include aspects of viticulture and enology are currently offered through other disciplinary programs. The Founding Chair will also support faculty and staff in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, as well as affiliate departments, in developing and conducting research and Extension/outreach.
Finalist – Jean Dodson Peterson (Associate Professor, Department of Wine and Viticulture & Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, California Polytechnic State University)
Topic: Dr. Dodson Peterson’s Background and Vision for Viticulture and Enology at Washington State University
June 14, 2022 from 3:30pm-4:30pm (Pacific)
Wine Science Center Sensory Classroom or via zoom
FEEDBACK REGARDING FINALISTS
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SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- Scot Hulbert, Associate Dean and Director of Research (Chair)
- Trent Ball, Professor, Yakima Valley College
- Dick Boushey, Chair, WSWC Research Committee
- Tom Collins, Assistant Professor, WSU Tri-Cities
- Nick Dolce, Senior Director, Development
- Charles Edwards, Professor, School of Food Science
- Markus Flury, Professor, Crop & Soil Science, Puyallup
- Melissa Hansen, Research Program Director, Washington State Wine Commission
- Gwen-Alyn Hoheisel, WSU Regional Extension Specialist, Benton County
- Markus Keller, Professor, Viticulture, Prosser
- Kate McAteer, Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, WSU Tri-Cities
- Michelle Moyer, Associate Professor, WSU-IAREC
- Linn Scott, Chair, Wine Research Advisory Committee
Please contact Student Success and Academic Program at (509) 335-4562 and ask for Jeannie Holt or Madeline McPhee.