The incumbent will lead a nationally recognized and regionally relevant program focused on raspberry breeding and cultivar release to enhance crop productivity and profitability. Washington State University has a successful history in raspberry breeding dating back to 1929 with important contributions in machine harvestability, Phytophthora root rot tolerance, and Raspberry bush dwarf virus
(RBDV) resistance. Opportunities may also arise to expand the program to include other commercially important and/or alternative small fruit crops, but the primary focus shall be on raspberry. The endowment is funded by the Washington Red Raspberry Commission and the successful incumbent will work in partnership with grower-stakeholders in Whatcom County and an endowment advisory committee to enhance the red raspberry program success and impact.
The incumbent’s program is expected to also engage in discipline-appropriate outreach and teaching. The individual will contribute to undergraduate or graduate education in the Department of Horticulture. Teaching will be expected after three years in the position with the expectation to teach three credits every year. Mentorship of graduate students is expected within the first year in the position, as this is a critical component of workforce development and addressing the needs of the region. Excellence in mentorship and maintaining standards of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment of students and staff are expected.