Assistant Professor Agricultural Business & Marketing

Job description

PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Assistant Professor of Agricultural Marketing is a tenure track position in the School of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment which is part of the College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences at Kentucky State University (KSU). The position will have a combination of Extension (55%), teaching (25%), and research (20%) components.  

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Assistant Professor of Agricultural Business and Marketing will provide educational leadership in developing, implementing, managing, evaluating research-based and integrative statewide Extension programs. This position will focus on meeting the needs of limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and minority audiences in the area of agricultural marketing, with a concentration on the areas of aquaculture /aquaponics and alternative fruits and vegetables. The Assistant Professor of Agricultural Business and Marketing will develop a nationally recognized research program in agriculture marketing, with particular emphasis on topics related to pricing behavior, alternative marketing system/strategies, and risk management for small family farms. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to agriculture marketing and agriculture economics. The successful candidate will also provide agent training for Extension personnel as well as, off campus workshops targeted towards stakeholders in risk management tools, agribusiness management, marketing programs, and the use of marketing tools to improve the sustainability of the small, limited, resource, minority, and socially-disadvantaged farmers.

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

1.    Develop nationally a recognized Extension program on delivering agricultural business management and marketing programs for local and regional food systems, as well as market analysis and guidance in the areas of aquaculture/aquaponics and alternative fruits and vegetables for small, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged farmers. 

2.    Delivers training and educational support materials for field staff and their clientele/customers in agricultural business management and marketing programs, consistent with the philosophy, policy and overall mission, goals and educational objectives of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Program.

3.    Develop a nationally recognized applied research program focusing on: agriculture marketing and risk management for small, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged farmers. 

4.    Create Extension curriculums for agricultural Extension agents and personnel.

5.    Share research-based results with stakeholders through Extension programs.

6.    Develop factsheets, peer reviewed journal articles, informational sheets, book chapters, abstracts and proceedings, and other publications and media outlets.

7.    Develop virtual educational resources and web-based Extension programs through social media offerings in agricultural business marketing.

8.    Successfully write grants for external funding to support research, teaching and Extension efforts. 

9.    Demonstrate a commitment to working with minority and limited resource populations to solve problems. 

10.    Design specific educational materials for hard to reach minority and underserve populations in the area of agricultural business and marketing.

11.    A primary teaching responsibility will include AFE 426 Agricultural Economics and Marketing, with the possibility of development of additional graduate and undergraduate classes if needed. 

12.    Be strongly committed to teaching at the undergraduate level and should incorporate innovative, inquiry-based, dynamic, and active-learning methods into courses. 

13.    Solicit funding and other resources from public and private agencies to enhance Extension and research programing.

14.    Collaborate with colleagues at 1890 institutions, other land grant and non-land grant institutions, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Proud Program, USDA and state agencies, grower associations, and other professionals to enhance the quality of Extension and research.

15.    Involve stakeholders in the development, execution, and dissemination of research project results at KSU.

16.    Participate actively in the appropriate professional societies via oral and poster presentations, serving on committees and holding office, and other society involvement.

17.    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: A Ph.D. degree in Agriculture marketing, Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness Management, Economics, Finance, or related field. 


•    Candidates should have knowledge in the areas of agricultural economics, agricultural marketing, agribusiness management, and/or production economics.

•    Candidates must demonstrate the potential for collaborative, integrated, multi-disciplinary research, granting, publishing, and stakeholder involvement. 

•    Preference will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in research and teaching and the ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. 

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

•    Experience in the use of common statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, R suite and others.

•    Ability to work under deadlines.

•    Valid driver’s license. 


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

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.




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Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 5/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time