Assistant Professor Forestry

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 Forestry 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 Forestry 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 forestry.  This position will support the forestry issues , as well as work with other programs to support the sustainable forest ecosystem management including emphasis on one of the following areas of expertise: forest ecosystem management, urban forestry, agroforestry, parks and forest recreation, ecology and management, biofuels and renewable resources, invasive species, biodiversity, or climate change. 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 a nationally-recognized applied research program focusing on sustainable forest ecosystem management including emphasis in one or more of the following areas of expertise: forest ecosystem management, urban forestry, agroforestry, parks and forest recreation, ecology and management, biofuels and renewable resources, invasive species, biodiversity, or climate change. 

2.    Support research on crops that are important to Kentucky stakeholders such as ginseng, white oak, or nut tree crops. 

3.    Assist in the management and coordination of the 300-acre KSU Environmental Education Center as a research and teaching resource. 

4.    Teach or develop undergraduate and graduate courses such as agroforestry,  energy and environment,  environmental resource economics,  natural resources policy, environmental hydrology, park and recreation, depending upon need and areas of expertise.

5.    Develop research and extension proposals, conduct research, analyze research results, and publish results in area of urban agricultural systems. 

6.    Share research-based results with stakeholders through extension programs.

7.    Mentor graduate and undergraduate students engaged in applied research projects.

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

9.    Work with small and limited resource farmers and underserved communities

10.     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.in Forestry, Natural Resources or a closely related field required.


Licensing and Certifications    

Valid Driver’s License


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: 

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

•    Research and outreach experiences in silvicultural practices, ecological analysis and modeling, park and recreation, ecological restoration, wildlife and habitat management, remote sensing/GIS application in forest management, ecological impact assessment, climate change and variability.

•    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; 

•    Ability to work under deadline

•    Valid Driver’s License 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

•    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

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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Frankfort
Kentucky
40601
United States

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