PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Assistant Professor of Urban Agriculture is a tenure track position in the School of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment which is in the College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences at Kentucky State University (KSU). The position will have a combination of research (50%), teaching (25%) and Extension (25%) components.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Assistant Professor of Urban Agriculture is a tenure track position at Kentucky State University in the school of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment (ACE) within the College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences (CACS) This Ph.D. level position will lead cooperative research and extension projects to assist in the development of urban agricultural systems. This position will support the horticultural production and associated economic issues with urban agriculture, as well as work with other programs to support the development of community gardens and hydroponics &/or aquaponics ventures. Stakeholders include urban farmers, small-scale and organic fruit and vegetable farmers, aquaponics producers, home and community gardeners, environmental consultants, and urban planners. The successful candidate 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 an integrated research program in support of the development of community gardens and hydroponic/aquaponics ventures. Stakeholders include urban farmers, small-scale and organic fruit and vegetable farmers, hydroponic/aquaponics producers, home and community gardeners, environmental consultants, and urban planners.
2. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses including urban agricultural systems and related areas.
3. Develop research and extension proposals, conduct research, analyze research results, and publish results in area of urban agricultural systems.
4. Share research-based results with stakeholders through extension programs.
5. Mentor graduate and undergraduate students engaged in applied research projects.
6. Serve on committees for university, stakeholder groups, and professional associations.
7. Work with small and limited resource farmers and underserved communities.
8. 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: A Ph.D. Horticulture, Agriculture, Biology, or a closely related field required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
• Candidates should have knowledge in the areas of urban agricultural systems.
• 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 grant writing, 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.
• Ability to monitor or supervise laboratory and field research.
• Ability to work under deadlines.
• Valid Driver’s License.
• Must be able to travel primarily in-state (20%)
• Occasionally may need to move light equipment and carry supplies, publications, and needed equipment for demonstration and training programs.
INTERNAL APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY