2000 - present; Professor of Plant & Soil Sciences; University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
1997 - 2000; Director, UMASS Extension; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
1992 - 1997; Associate Dean, College of Food and Natural Resources; Associate Director, UMASS Extension; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
1989 - 1992; Assistant Director, Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station; and Professor of Horticulture, University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Urbana, IL.
1987 - Visiting Scientist. Knoxfield Horticultural Research Institute, Victoria, Australia.
1979 - 1989; Assistant/Associate Professor of Horticulture and Extension Specialist, UI, Urbana, IL.
1978 - 1979; Research Scientist, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, U.S. V.I.
1977 - 1978; Instructor of Biology, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, Dryden, N.Y.
1973 - 1978; Graduate Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.Description of Current Professional Responsibilities
Dr. Gerber is Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences. In this role he teaches a course in Sustainable Agriculture and a course in Agricultural Issues, serves on the Community Agricultural Education team of the UMass Extension Agroecology Program, and provides leadership as Executive Director of the Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (CSARE).Description of Previous Professional Responsibilities
ADMINISTRATIVE: Dr. Gerber held an administrative appointment as Director of UMASS Extension, a major unit within the UMass Office of University Outreach. In this capacity he was the chief administrative leader for four major outreach programs in the College of Food and Natural Resources and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. He provided leadership for program planning, evaluation, personnel and budget management. He directly or indirectly supervised 150 fte=s of faculty, professional and support staff, and managed a budget of over $10 million. Dr. Gerber also held an appointment as Associate Dean in the College of Food and Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In this capacity he assisted the Dean in management of the College including planning, budget management, tenure decisions and personnel evaluation. Previously he served as Assistant Director of the University of Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station. He was responsible for the creation and administration of the UI Agro-Ecology Program. In addition, he provided administrative support to the Director of the UI Agricultural Experiment Station in the day to day management of the system, with an emphasis on industry relations and strategic planning.
EXTENSION: Dr. Gerber served as Extension Specialist and Program Leader from 1979 - 1989 at the University of Illinois. He provided statewide leadership for extension programming in commercial vegetable crop production, including managing a statewide convention (annual attendance = 2000), organizing local meetings, in service training for staff, and development of publications and mass-media educational programs.
TEACHING: Dr. Gerber held a teaching appointment from 1988 - 1991 at the University of Illinois. He taught International Food Crops in 1989 and 1991, and advised undergraduate students on special projects in vegetable cropping systems and vegetable physiology. He participated in team teaching efforts for Introduction to Horticulture in 1989, and Introduction to Agricultural Systems Analysis in 1990 and 1991.
RESEARCH: Dr. Gerber held a research appointment in the Department of Horticulture and was a member of the graduate faculty (1979 - 1992). Responsibilities included applied research in the areas of vegetable cropping systems, seed technology, soil fertility, and controlled environment production. His fundamental research focused and flowering and fruit set of bell peppers. Dr. Gerber served as Director of Research for the following graduate students:
Brown, J., Ph.D., 1983. Effect of cropping systems on production and economic returns of ten vegetable crops.
Schmidt, J., M.S., 1983. Influence of sidedressed nitrogen on flowering and fruit set of bell pepper, Capsicum annuum L.
Caplan, L.A., M.S., 1984. The effect of seed moisture and osmoconditioning on emergence and vigor of high sugar sweet corn (Zea mays L.) genotypes.
Edge, S., M.S. 1985. Plastic row tunnel effects on tomatoes and sweet corn.
Fillinghim, K.E., M.S., 1986. Characterization and amelioration of poor seed vigor in a sh2 sweet corn, Zea mays L.
Mohd-Khir, I., M.S., 1987. Effect of row tunnels and temperature on growth, yield and quality of bell pepper, Capsicum annuum L.
Choi, G., Ph.D., 1989. Effects of temperature on yield, fruit shape and flower primordium development of bell pepper, Capsicum annum L.
Hassan, S.A., Ph.D., 1989. Effects of excess nitrogen on growth, flowering and fruit set of bell pepper, Capsicum annuum L.
Schloupt, R., M.S. 1990. The row tunnel microenvironment and its effect on yield and growth responses of cucumber, Curumis sativus L.
Seron, J., M.S. 1992. Adaptability of rice to elevated carbon dioxide and temperature from global warming.