Assistant Professor of Agronomy (Tenure Track)

Employer
Kentucky State University
Location
Frankfort, KY, US

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Faculty Jobs
Science & Technology, Agricultural Science & Extension
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Assistant Professor of Agronomy (Tenure Track) in the Kentucky State University Land Grant Program (LGP) and College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences (CACS) will lead Cooperative Extension, research, and teaching projects in agronomy production systems.  


SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Assistant Professor of Agronomy (Tenure Track) in the Kentucky State University Land Grant Program (LGP) and College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences (CACS) will lead research (50%), Cooperative Extension (25%), and teaching (25%) projects in agronomy systems. This position will support agronomy production and associated economic issues. Stakeholders include small-scale grain producers who are socially disadvantaged, and limited-resource farmers. The position will assist in teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 


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

1.    Develop integrated research and Extension programs in support of agronomy systems to support small-scale, socially disadvantaged, and limited-resource farmers and underserved communities.

2.    Support grain research in support of farmers for the fermentation and distillation industry in Kentucky.

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

4.    Publish research results in refereed journals, factsheets, books, and book chapters, abstracts and proceedings, and other publications and media outlets.

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

6.    Serve on committees for university, stakeholder groups, and professional associations.

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

8.    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 research.

9.    Develop and create Extension curriculums for Extension agents.

10.    Provide trainings and relevant educational materials for Extension agents.

11.    Collect, enter, and analyze statistical data, and report in Kentucky Extension Reporting System.

12.    Train, supervise, and mentor graduate, undergraduate, and high school student researchers in the program. 

13.    Other related duties as assigned.


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: Ph.D. degree required in the field of Agronomy, Horticulture, or related areas. Salary is commensurate with experience.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: 

•    Knowledge in the areas of agronomy production systems.

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

•    Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. 

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

•    Ability to monitor or supervise laboratory research.

•    Ability to work under deadlines.

•    Valid driver’s license.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

•    Work could involve some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. 

•    Requires some standing or walking. 

•    No or very limited exposure to physical risk. 

•    Some travel required.


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.


Organization

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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Kentucky
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United States

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