Assistant Extension Professor for Forest Health

Job description

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is currently seeking a faculty member at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful candidate will be expected to evaluate stakeholder and forest health needs to develop effective extension programs using a wide range of educational tools and to develop appropriate strategies to address forest health-related issues; acquire extramural funding to support extension programming; publish extension numbered publications and peer-reviewed publications, contribute to applied research; and build, maintain, and lead effective partnerships with aligned agencies, organizations and practitioners. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment with faculty, staff, and extension professionals within the Cooperative Extension Service and will be required to build collaborative efforts to address tree health issues in forest, woodland, and urban ecosystems. The position will lead the Forest Health Research and Education Center's Outreach and Education Team,, and contribute to the Kentucky Forest Health Task Force and the Kentucky Spirits Research Institute.

The position is 70% extension, 30% teaching. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of how to apply science to address critical ecological, economic, and social issues associated with forest health. Responsibilities will also include both undergraduate and graduate instruction in the Department and support of the Natural Resources and Environmental Science undergraduate program.

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is one of fourteen academic departments in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. The Department provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in forestry and natural resources and offers the only Society of American Foresters accredited forestry program in Kentucky. The Department has a strong continuing education effort that is a part of the Cooperative Extension Service with offices in each of Kentucky's 120 counties. Faculty of the Department conducts basic and applied research to support our understanding and use of forest ecosystems. Research emphasis areas include silviculture and forest operations, wildlife ecology and conservation biology, hydrology watershed management, and forest health and restoration. The Department has significant off-campus resources available to support its mission including the nationally recognized Robinson Forest located in eastern Kentucky. For information about the Department of Forestry, see

To apply, interested applicants should attach the following documents: a letter of application (Cover Letter), curriculum vitae, statement of extension/outreach philosophy (upload under Specific Request 1), statement of teaching philosophy (upload under Specific Request 2), and unofficial transcripts (upload under Academic Transcript). In addition, please provide the names and contact information for at least two references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Terrance Conners, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected] Closing date is August 1, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is found. Anticipated starting date is October 1, 2018

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Job Title
Assistant Extension Professor for Forest Health

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Department Name
81090:Forestry and Natural Resources

Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Education

Ph.D. in the sciences related to forest health, including but not limited to ecology, forestry, entomology or pathology. At least one degree in forestry, plant sciences, or natural resources required.

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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.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
  4. Specific Request 2
  5. Academic Transcript
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    Posted: 7/11/2018
    Application Due: 8/23/2018
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