Clay Lancaster/Abell Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation

Lexington, KY
Mar 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Clay Lancaster/Abell Endowed Chair will lead the Department of Historic Preservation and its mission of teaching, research, and community engagement. The chair has general administrative responsibility for the department, serves as its representative at the college and university levels, guides the growth of the program in new and innovative directions, and maintains a productive environment for department faculty, students and staff. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to provide leadership, both internal and external to the department, while also providing sound management of department resources.

The department seeks a director who recognizes the need for innovation in a field ripe for change. The chair should be able to critically reimagine the place of preservation in addressing the challenges of the 21st Century. These challenges might include economic development in small cities and rural communities, stabilizing legacy cities, rehabilitation and re-use, climate change, social justice, rural preservation, intangible cultural heritage, international development, or the development of novel and imaginative methods for communicating cultural heritage.

For more information regarding the position, please visit our posting announcement at:

Applicants should include, along with application:

• Curriculum vitae
• Cover letter
• Specific Request 1: Two examples of peer reviewed scholarly work, or professional work
• Specific Request 2: 3-5 page statement of how the applicant would address emerging opportunities in the in the field of historic preservation through teaching, research, and departmental leadership

Please provide the names and contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Review of applications will begin February 20, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact the Search Committee Chair, Asst. Professor Douglas Appler, Ph.D ( with inquiries.

Job Title
Clay Lancaster/Abell Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
8N400:Historic Preservation

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

Terminal degree in Historic Preservation, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architectural History, Architecture, Public History, American Studies, or a closely related field.

Required Related Experience

Candidates must have an interest in the study, conservation, and use of historic environments at all scales with a strong record of externally funded peer-reviewed research, or an exceptional record of achievement in practice.

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Evidence of collaboration with other academic units and public, private, or non-profit organizations is preferred, as is evidence of teaching excellence. Previous administrative experience is encouraged.

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • Academic Keys
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
  4. Specific Request 2
Optional Documents


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