James E. Hill, PhD

Associate Dean Emeritus, International Programs Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Rice Specialist, CE Extension

James (Jim) Hill was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2005. Hill earned B.S. degrees in Crop Science and Biochemistry at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Ph.D. at UC Davis in plant physiology. At UC Davis he has headed an applied research and extension education program in agronomy, specializing in rice-based production systems. He has served as Chair of the Department of Agronomy and Range Science and as Acting Program Leader for Agronomy and Vegetable Crops Extension. In addition to his program in California he has worked extensively with national research and extension programs throughout Asia and served as Program Leader for Irrigated Rice and Head of the Division of Crop, Soil and Water Sciences in the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) from 1999-2002. Hill has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific journal and proceeding papers and nearly 200 extension education articles. He has been Chair of the USA Rice Technical Working Group and the International Temperate Rice Conference. He has received numerous awards including the UC Davis James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award more recently the California Rice Industry Achievement Award. Hill is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.


  • B.S. Crop Science and Biochemistry, California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.
  • Ph.D. Plant physiology, UC Davis