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.
• 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.