Asst Extension Professor of Ag Tech Small Farms

Employer
Kentucky State University
Location
Frankfort, KY, US
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Engineering & Mathematics, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Science & Technology, Agricultural Science & Extension

Job Details

PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Assistant Extension Professor of Agricultural Technology for Small Farms is a non-tenure-track 12-month position in the Land Grant Program at Kentucky State University. The position will be a combination Extension (75%) with the remainder of this time split between research (15%) and teaching (10%). 


SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Assistant Extension Professor of Agricultural Technology for Small Farms is a non-tenure-track 12-month position in the Land Grant Program at Kentucky State University that will develop a nationally recognized Extension program for small and minority farms. Extension programs should focus on agritech areas such as precision agriculture, unmanned aerial vehicles/drones, artificial intelligence, mobile power units, apps, fluid and electrical power systems, irrigation and water management, productions software/AI remote sensing, and human and machinery risk management in the area of agriculture for small scale farms. This position will provide statewide leadership in Extension programming in agricultural technology for small and minority farms by designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs, developing extension factsheets and online offerings. This position will work to provide agent trainings for Extension professionals as well as off-campus workshops targeted towards stakeholders in agricultural technologies. This person is expected to work with entrepreneurs and companies to develop new agricultural technologies for small and minority farmers. The position will predominately be an Extension position (75%), with the remainder of this time split between applies research (15%) and teaching in the area of agricultural technology (10%).


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without an accommodation)

1.    Work cooperatively, and integrated agricultural technologies with other state Extension specialists in developing, implementing, and evaluating multi-disciplinary activities with agent training, and workshops.

2.    Develop curricula for Extension agents in agricultural technologies.

3.    Provide statewide leadership in Extension programming in agricultural technology for small and minority farms by designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs. 

4.    Develop Extension factsheets, informational documents, journal articles, and research new advancement in agricultural technology

5.    Develop virtual educational resources and web-based Extension programs through social media offerings in agricultural technologies.

6.    This position will work to provide agent trainings for Extension professionals as well as workshops for various stakeholder groups in agricultural technologies. 

7.    Develop collaborations with state and federal cooperators, entrepreneurs, and companies to develop new agricultural technologies and disseminate opportunities to small-scale farmers and other stakeholders.

8.    Develop Extension programming focusing on agritech areas such as precision agriculture, unmanned aerial vehicles/drones, artificial intelligence, mobile power units, apps, fluid and electrical power systems, irrigation and water management, productions software/AI, remote sensing, and human and machinery risk management in the area of agriculture for small and minority farms.

9.    Participate actively in the appropriate professional societies, serving on committees and holding office, and other society involvement.

10.    Solicit funding and other resources from public and private agencies to enhance Extension programming.

11.    Collaborate with colleagues at 1890 institutions, other land grant and non-land grant institutions, USDA and state agencies, and other professionals to enhance the quality of Extension programming.

12.    Incorporate undergraduate and graduate students to assist in Extension and research projects.

13.    Develop and teach an undergraduate/graduate student course in the area of agricultural technology.

14.    Other related duties as required.


OTHER DUTIES: (ex: tasks that may be necessary, but are not the main reason(s) the job was created)


The position will conduct other duties as required.


QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Ph.D. Agriculture Engineering, Agriculture, Environmental Science, or related field. 


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: 

    

•    Ability to lead and guide technical and professional staff. 

•    Ability to foster a cooperative work environment. 

•    Advanced ability to write successful grant proposals.

•    Advanced verbal and written communication skills. 

•    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. 

•    Knowledge and experience in working with limited-resource and minority group clientele.

•    Knowledge of current and emerging research trends in areas of expertise. 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 


•    Work involves some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dust, water, smoke, and/or unpleasant odors.

•    This job involves travel. The position will have statewide responsibilities.

•    Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 20 pounds or some standing or walking.  

•    Overnight travel in-state and out-of-state required (25%).


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Our Mission

Kentucky State University is the state's unique, small, liberal studies institution with the lowest student-faculty ratio in the state system. The University shall serve as a residential institution with a range of traditional collegiate programs appropriate to its unique role.

Geographic Region
Kentucky State University's geographic region shall be state-wide for its liberal studies mission, its land grant functions, and its service to state government. In addition, Kentucky State University's primary service area for commuting students shall be for Franklin and contiguous counties.

Institutional Admission Standards
Kentucky State University shall admit students to the institution under selective admission standards to which exceed the minimum guidelines established by the Council on Higher Education, with only limited exceptions. Institutional policy for admitting under-prepared students, including the removal of academic deficiencies within a specified time frame. Through this approach, the University seeks to provide broad access and high-quality programs.

Degree Levels
Selected associate and baccalaureate degree programs shall be oriented toward liberal studies and selected career opportunities related to state government services. Kentucky State University shall offer selected master's degree programs based on demonstrated need, with priority given to a public administration curriculum to meet the needs of state government.

Strategic Directions/Program Priorities
The University shall focus on liberal studies programming. Drawing upon its African-American heritage, the University will promote the values and methods of interdisciplinary and multicultural education in its liberal studies offerings. All students shall participate in common curricula that explore the liberal studies. Drawing upon the multicultural strengths of the University, emphasis shall be placed on preparing minority students for careers in education and in other selected professions including business, computer science, nursing, human services, and public services. These strategic priorities translate into a core of liberal arts baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to degree programs at the associate [A], baccalaureate [B], and master's [M] levels that may include the following: education [B]; business [B]; computer science [A,B]; nursing [A]; home economics [B]; human services [B]; and public administration [B,M].

Enhancement of Instruction
The University shall emphasize teaching. Meeting student needs shall be paramount. The University shall focus on the needs of its students, which include, but are not limited to, full-time and part-time residential students, commuting students from its primary service area, and state governmental employees.

Service and Research Functions
Kentucky State University, as the 1890 land grant institution in the system, shall carry out its responsibilities under federal law and participate fully in appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, in accord with the mission of the University.

Kentucky State University shall be the major repository for the collection of books, records, and artifacts relative to the history and status of African-American citizens of the Commonwealth and elsewhere. The University shall make such materials available for casual and scholarly study.

Kentucky State University shall focus on meeting the applied research and service needs of state government.

Collaborative Ventures
The priority master's degree program offered by Kentucky State University shall be carefully articulated with related doctoral programs offered by the doctoral-granting institutions in the system. The University shall develop and employ telecommunication resources to communicate with other institutions in the fulfillment of its mission. Curriculum development shall emphasize the transfer of credits form other institutions toward degree completion.

Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

Efficiency and Effectiveness
Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

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