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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 31 - May 22, 1997


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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Instructors. Applications are invited for possible future part-time, temporary positions of one-semester duration, teaching one course or more in Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish language and/or literature. MA, or equivalent teaching experience, normally is required, Ph.D. desired for teaching upper-division language and/or literature courses. If an individual desires to be considered in this applicant pool for such future positions, please submit a formal letter of application, together with a curriculum vitae, at least two references, and information attesting to teaching qualifications and experience (student evaluations, peer evaluations of teaching, etc.) if available, to Dr. Judith Shrum, Chair, Foreign Languages and Literatures, 331 Major Williams Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0225.


Residential and Dining Programs. Assistant Director of Residential and Dining Services for Marketing and Conference Services. Maintain comprehensive marketing program for Residential and Dining Programs (RDP), including performance and/or supervision of the following: coordination of goals and objectives planning; development and maintenance of a viable strategies and procedures plan; special-event planning; public-relations and promotional activities; writing copy for ads, brochures, etc.; graphic design; market research and customer profiling; training and development in the marketing area; and relevant special projects. Coordinate and manage summer-conference program for RDP, including writing contracts for housing and dining arrangements, scheduling facilities, working with housekeeping and maintenance, maintaining conference schedule, hiring and train student staff, and final billing. RDP provides residential and dining facilities, staffing, educational programs, and related services to: 8,500 on-campus residents, 12,000 dining-plan holders, and various other constituencies (conferences, Summer Orientation, catering customers, etc.). Master's degree in appropriate field and five or more years of related experience in such areas as marketing, public relations, customer research, strategic planning, graphic design, and promotions. Preferences will be given to those with such experience in a higher-education setting. Highly competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and education. Review of applications will begin June 1 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Position available immediately. Forward application, resume and three letters of reference to: Dr. Edward F.D. Spencer, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Residential and Dining Programs, 109 E. Eggleston Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0428. Telephone 1-6204; fax 1-5041; e-mail spencere@vt.edu.

Alumni relations. Associate/Assistant Director. Applications are invited for an administrative staff member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Relations department. This individual will serve as both the department's computing administrator and as team leader for coordination of all alumni reunions. Candidates should possess strong written and verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills. The computing administration requires a working knowledge of information systems, particularly Oracle forms-based relational databases, Windows NT, Windows 95, and MacOS mixed-platform networks, and Internet design and publishing. The administrator will need to be team-oriented and lead other staff members through a migration from IMS mainframe alumni records database to a new SCT Banner database. The reunion coordination requires oversight of the annual reunion program for classes, academic colleges and departments, and other special-affinity groups. Experience as an event planner using volunteer support is strongly preferred. Additional responsibilities include traveling to and assisting alumni chapter events, and assisting with other on-campus alumni programs. Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree or at least three years of experience in higher-education-administration programming preferred. Must be willing to travel throughout Virginia and other states as needed and be comfortable making group presentations, with demonstrated ability to train and motivate volunteers, working both independently and as part of a team. Knowledge of Virginia Tech would be extremely helpful. Interested candidates hold send a cover letter, resume, and names of five references to Thomas C. Tillar Jr., Vice President for Alumni Relations, Alumni Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0102. Review of applications will begin June 13, and continue until the position is filled. July is the approximate target month for filling the position.

Department of Biology. Postdoctoral Associate. Position is for two years, starting date negotiable. The applicant will study the water relations of rhododendron species at Coweeta LTER in North Carolina and at Andrews LTER in Oregon. The applicant must have a Ph.D. and should have experience in methods used for study of plant ecophysiology including water relations and gas-exchange processes. Experience with measurement of stomatal conductance, stem hydraulic conductance, photosynthesis, and microclimatic parameters is preferred although not absolute. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of professional goals, and the names and numbers of three references should sent immediately. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. All correspondence should be directed to: Dr. Erik T. Nilsen, Department of Biology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0406. Phone: 1-5674; e-mail: enilsen@vt.edu.

Electrical Engineering. Director of Business Development and Staff (Research Associate). The primary duty of this position is to serve as the director of Business Development and Staff for the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG). This position will be responsible for all fiscal, fund raising, and administrative details of the group and will represent MPRG in a professional manner to organizations both outside and within the university to enhance the business operations of the group. Incumbent will have complete fiscal and managerial responsibility for the group, will be the focal point for all MPRG initiatives to build the MPRG industrial affiliate program, and will be the primary technical operations and business contact for the MPRG. This person will also handle all administrative issues and will be responsible for all group administrative decisions and daily group operations; will travel to industrial-affiliate and potential-affiliate companies to make technical and business presentations; will represent MPRG as a faculty member within the university when the director is unable to attend; will be responsible for the division of labor among group staff members and the supervision, evaluation, and promotion of all group staff members. Knowledge of business-management concepts, marketing approaches, engineering, and all levels of operation at Virginia Tech required. Proficient in PC-based office environment. Excellent management, organization, oral, and written communication skills. Excellent fiscal management skills and experience in budget projections, monitoring, and tracking required for contract/budget negotiations. The ability to organize and present ideas, materials, and concepts accurately and creatively; to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the university; and prior experience in planning and maintaining industry-university affiliate membership programs. Ability to work independently without supervision and to work within deadlines and schedules. Excellent computer skills required, with proficiency using all Microsoft Office programs, and experience using the Virginia Tech mainframes. Four-year degree in business management, engineering, or related field required. MBA or MS in a technical field preferred. Minimum of eight years management experience is required. Qualified applicants should send a resume to Dr. T.S. Rappaport, MPRG, 340 Whittemore, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0350. Applications will be accepted until May 30, or until a suitable candidate is selected.

Electrical Engineering. Technical Documentation Researcher (Research Associate). Position is full-time employment as a research associate. Position requires someone capable of editing and combining technical papers, reports, and theses with an understanding of content. Position will support the director of the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group with research and publishing efforts, including database management and entry, creation of seminar materials, courses, books, and journal and conference papers. Specific tasks will include: editing, typing, graphic design and layout of technical-journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and books from rough draft through final acceptance and publication. Requires technical writing experience (LaTex, Scientific Word, FrameMaker, MS Word, and workstation experience preferred); graphic design and layout of technical presentations and short courses, to include creation of technical and presentation graphics (experience using CorelDraw, Painter, Pagemaker, and Photoshop preferred); construction and maintenance of technical-library database containing journals, conference proceedings, texts, articles, and theses; requires database maintenance experience (experience using MS Access preferred); literature and patent searches; organization and creation of databases and computer records on an as-needed basis; clerical duties may be required to maintain smooth functioning of daily office routine. Position requires a four-year bachelor's degree (MS degree in a scientific field preferred); extensive computer skills with the ability to evaluate software and develop solutions for word processing, desktop publishing, technical, and presentation graphics, and database creation and maintenance; excellent verbal and written communications skills; excellent organizational skills; experience conducting in-depth literature and/or patents searches; experience maintaining, organizing, and creating collections of technical documents. Qualified applicants should send a resume to Dr. T.S. Rappaport, MPRG, 340 Whittemore, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0350. Applications will be accepted until May 30, 1997, or until a suitable candidate is selected.

Department of Athletics. Assistant Women's Soccer Coach. The department seeks an individual to assist the head women's soccer coach in a 12-month, full-time position. Primary responsibilities will include recruiting, coaching, conditioning, monitoring student athletes' class and study-hall attendance, and assisting in promotion and expansion of soccer in the New River Valley area. Qualifications require a bachelor's degree, master's degree preferable, and experience playing or coaching on a collegiate level in a Division I program as well as ability to recruit and handle administrative duties. Candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations. Closing date for applications is May 30, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 1997. Applicants should forward a resume with names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to Sam Okpodu, Head Women's Soccer Coach, Athletics, 208 Cassell Coliseum, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0502.

Software Technologies Laboratory (STL). Software Engineer. The laboratory has immediate openings for full-time software engineers to design and implement a wide range of software systems. At STL, you'll be actively involved in all aspects of building top-quality software, with major responsibility for design, coding, validation, and support. As part of a development team of full-time developers and part-time students, you'll also work with customers to define their needs, and train and support users. STL seeks people with work experience in software analysis, design, development, and support; programming experience in Smalltalk, C++, C, Pascal, or other high-level languages under Windows; outstanding teamwork skills; and a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related fields. Preference is given to those with experience in object-oriented methodologies, data modeling, relational database design, and software engineering practices. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and able to qualify for a Department of Energy "Q" security clearance; overnight travel to user sites is required. STL is a software development laboratory in Virginia Tech's Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) department. STL develops interactive systems for complex domains, including industrial simulation models, large-scale databases, and decision support systems. STL's rapid prototyping methodology sets a fast pace; its emphasis on usability engineering means you'll use your creativity to develop systems that look good and enhance users' productivity. At STL you'll use a wide range of software engineering technologies, including object-oriented design and development, relational databases, and multimedia systems. This position receives an attractive faculty-benefits package that includes annual leave, holidays, and sick leave; employer-contributed retirement benefit; and medical, life, and disability insurance. This position is non-tenure track, restricted research faculty position, and is funded entirely by research grants or contracts. This position will remain open until filled. Please refer to position 111147 when submitting your resume to: Software Technology Laboratory, 1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 105, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Or e-mail your resume, in text format, to info@stl.vt.edu.

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). Extension Agents. VCE is seeking applications for the Extension-agent positions listed below. Extension agents hold lecturer-rank, non-tenure-track, professional faculty positions. Agriculture and Natural Resource and Family and Consumer Sciences agent positions will have area responsibilities in their program specialty. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Positions. Animal Sciences: Basic knowledge of animal nutrition; health, animal care, and reproduction; production and financial management; marketing; biotechnology developments; waste management and utilization; and water quality. 1. 111149, Wythe County. Plant Sciences (Commercial Vegetables): Basic knowledge of soil science; integrated pest management, including plant physiology, pathology, weed science, and pesticide management; post-harvest management; economics and marketing; production of specific commodities; water quality; biotechnology developments; and field-plot research. 1. FA676, Southampton (re-advertised). Plant Sciences (Commercial Horticulture): Basic knowledge of horticulture, especially vegetable production; soil science; integrated pest management, including plant physiology, pathology, weed science, and pesticide management; post-harvest management; economics and marketing; water quality; biotechnology developments; field-plot research; and demonstrations. 1. 111150, Wise County. Farm Management: Ability to develop and deliver educational programs in farm management, financial management and marketing to producers, agri-businesses, lenders and Extension agents; respond to requests for management and marketing assistance; provide economic information and assistance to other federal, state, and local agencies. 1. FA822, Culpeper County. Responsibilities for all positions: Agents must determine program needs by monitoring trends and issues, involving Extension leadership councils and advisory committees; design programs to meet needs of target audiences, specify program goals and objectives, and identify resources; inform clientele of program activities; use appropriate technologies to plan and deliver programs through workshops, seminars, conferences, one-on-one visits, on-farm demonstrations, field trips and tours; maintain knowledge of current research information; develop computer applications; develop and implement evaluation plans; recruit and use volunteers; and report results to clientele, public, and decision-makers. Qualifications for all positions: Master's degree required or imminent in related discipline. Current VCE faculty with bachelor's degree may be considered based on specialty, expertise, and performance. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; experience in relating with people. Experience in planning, implementing, marketing, and evaluating education programs in appropriate discipline preferred. Ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers. Computer/computer software knowledge desired. To apply: Submit a letter intent, a complete resume, official academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate as appropriate; copies are acceptable), and three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on May 30 and continue until positions are filled. Send to: Carolyn Sowers, Virginia Cooperative Extension, 105-D Hutcheson Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0437. Inquiries will be received at 1-7619, TDD user 1-800-828-1120, fax 1-5545.