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Enology Assistant/Associate Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Agriculture

California State University, Fresno
Jordan College of Agricultural Science & Technology
Department of Viticulture and Enology



Assistant/Associate Professor
Tenure Track
Fall 2024 (August 2024)

The Department of Viticulture and Enology has openings for two tenure-track or tenured faculty 9-month (academic year) appointment for the 2024/2025 academic year. Candidates with expertise in wine chemistry, wine sensory evaluation, cellar operations, wine production and/or wine microbiology will be considered. Teaching assignment and research program will be determined by area of expertise of the final candidate and by department need. The position requires engagement with the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) including conducting applied research, agricultural technology development, training and demonstrations. The successful candidate will be expected to develop externally funded research and industry outreach programs involving undergraduate and graduate students. All faculty members in the department are expected to work collaboratively with the wine and grape industry to address regional challenges. All faculty are also expected to engage in high impact practices that promote student success such as, but not limited to, internships, international/global experiences, service learning and collaborative assignments. Service at all levels of university governance and within the wine and grape industry are also expected. Willingness and ability to work in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams and to complete tasks on time are essential characteristics of candidates filling these positions. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the department, college and university. In particular, the successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively with faculty in the agricultural business department to support the new joint wine marketing major that will be launched in fall 2024.


It is the goal of the Department of Viticulture and Enology to continue to be a world-class center of excellence that effectively meets the educational and research needs of students and the broader grape and wine community. The Department provides a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students with a practical hands-on education through its degree and solution-focused research programs. The Department currently serves approximately 100 students through its MS in Viticulture and Enology, BS in Enology, BS in Viticulture, and minor programs. These academic programs are supported by a strong group of faculty and staff with a commitment to education, research, and industry outreach and service.

The Department's strong research program is supported by the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC), the Jordan College Graduate Laboratory, the Jordan Agricultural Research Center, the Olam Sensory Laboratory, the University Agricultural Laboratory (UAL), and the Viticulture and Enology Library. VERC provides research laboratory space, major instrumentation, outreach event support, endowed student research assistantships, and industry supported research chairs. The UAL includes a 120-acre vineyard, raisin processing plant, and the nation’s first commercial winery located within a college campus. The Viticulture and Enology Library, a collection of the Fresno State Library embedded within the Department, is dedicated to resources related to viticulture and enology. Librarian research support helps students, faculty, and members of the industry access and use these resources.

For more than half a century, Fresno State's viticulture and enology programs and our students have benefited from close connections and collaboration with the grape and wine industry and our strong, involved, and successful alumni throughout California and the world.


California State University, Fresno, a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s central region, is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The university is known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The campus of Fresno State sits in the San Joaquin Valley, a land rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures.

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Enology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, or a related discipline is required for appointment to a tenure track position.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, for appointment, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2024

Required Experience:

  1. Commitment to and potential for teaching excellence;
  2. Evidence or potential for publications in scholarly journals or industry press;
  3. Commitment to and potential for scholarly activity at the university level and successful grant writing;
  4. Strong oral and written communication skills; and;
  5. Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  6. Appointment to the rank of Associate Professor and an appointment with tenure requires an established and outstanding record of research, publication, and successful grant writing commensurate with the respective rank.


Preferred Qualifications:

Commitment to and potential for teaching excellence;

  1. Experience teaching, advising, and working with undergraduate and graduate students;
  2. A publication record that is commensurate with the candidate's experience;
  3. Ability to obtain outside funding for research;
  4. A strong understanding of the challenges facing the wine and grape industries and knowledge of preparing students for careers in these industries; and
  5. An ability to work effectively with the wine and grape industry in the San Joaquin Valley to address regional challenges.

Application Procedures:  To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by January 16, 2024; review of applications may continue until the position is filled.  This position automatically closes on March 31, 2024. Note: All positions at Fresno State are subject to funding availability.

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Attach the following:

  1. a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a statement of research and industry outreach interest areas;
  4.  diversity statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  5. the names, titles, addresses, phone/fax numbers, and email addresses of five professional references; and
  6. unofficial transcripts.

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  1. Three current letters of recommendation (dated within 12 months of full consideration date.)
  2. Official transcripts

Committee Information and Search process:

Search Chair:   Dr. Qun (Kirsty) Sun
                       Department of Viticulture and Enology
                       Jordan College of Agricultural Science & Technology

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged university. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Fresno State is committed and dedicated to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior.

Fresno State is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The university has had a strong history of service and preparation of educators since the institution’s founding as a Normal School in 1911. Fresno State is ranked sixth in the nation for social mobility in the Wall Street Journal/College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges. Fresno State is ranked 26th in the nation by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research, and promoting public service. The campus is classified as an R2 university (Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity) per the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Commensurate with education and experience the anticipated hiring range is $7,400-$7,700 per month for Assistant Professor (12 monthly payments per academic year).  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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Out of State Employment
Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

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