Douglas Carcher, a graduate of Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFS), is returning to the college as a professor and chair of the Department of Organic Science. The four-year term begins on August 1, 2021, with the approval of the University Board of Trustees.
Carcher is currently working at the University of Arkansas, where he is the interim director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment and a grassroots specialist, professor, and assistant director in the Department of Horticulture. A.D. He started his career as an assistant professor in that department in 2000. He became an associate professor in 2005 and became a professor in 2016.
“We are delighted to bring a dedicated leader like Dr. Carcher to OSU,” said the Vice President of Agriculture and CFAES Dean. “It has a track record of effective scholarships, commitment to students, and effective relationships with stakeholders. In addition, the leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion is very welcome and in line with our ongoing focus on DEE as a college.
As Chair of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Carcher does the following.
- He directs the administration’s research, teaching, extension and international development programs
- Develop effective, cooperative, collaborative and effective relationships between students, staff and teachers, both in the department and in the state of Ohio and elsewhere.
- Improve the diversity, fairness and inclusion of the department
- Work with other department chairs and administrators to enhance the department’s vision and mission by improving input needs
- Introduce the department and CFA with state, national and international organizations
Carcass research in Arkansas focuses on improving grassroots performance and beauty by reducing water, fertilizer and pesticide inputs through traditional practices. He has developed courses including Turf Management Laboratory, Turfgrass Rootzone Management and Best Management Experiences for Turfgrass.
Carcher earned a PhD in crop and soil science at Shigan State University in 2000. His MS in Crop and Soil Science in 1997, as well as in Michigan State; And BS Agronomy in Plant Pathology in 1994 as Buckeye – a CFAES student in the state of Ohio.
Learn more about CFAES Department of Vegetation and Crop Science at hcs.osu.edu.