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Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Job Title:

Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics

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Lexington, KY

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Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Required Education:

PhD (or equivalent degree) in Agricultural Economics or a closely related discipline appropriate for faculty appointment in Agricultural Economics at the Professor or Associate Professor rank

Required Related Experience:

The demonstration of national/international recognition of excellence in instruction, research, and/or extension is expected. Candidates should have administrative experience or evident potential for effective administration; leadership ability to promote excellence in each of the land-grant University missions; and strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. Demonstration of leadership in developing departmental programs and stimulating extramural funding and/or philanthropic investments directly and through faculty activity is anticipated. Strong interpersonal and communication skills necessary to lead a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment are essential. Evidence demonstrating a commitment to enhancing the belonging of students, faculty, and staff is expected. The department chair will be able to lead a department of international stature, as well as embrace the full scope of the land-grant mission, including research, instruction, extension, and service.

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Job Summary:

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (M-G CAFE) seeks a dynamic and visionary Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics. As a land-grant university, we value a demonstrated commitment towards integrating research, instruction, and extension programs, as well as a keen dedication to the needs of the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Our PeopleThe department currently has 22 full-time faculty, three post-doctoral scholars and 28 staff. The department currently has 150 undergraduate students, and 18 graduate students. The department also provides substantial teaching and advising support for 300-plus students in the interdepartmental undergraduate Equine Science and Management and Natural Resources and Environmental Science majors in the College.
Extension, Research, and InstructionThe department’s faculty and staff provide Extension programming across a wide range of focus areas including, but not limited to, farm management, grain and livestock marketing, local foods and direct marketing of specialty crops, macroeconomics and public policy, and economic development. The department focuses on three research and graduate education areas: 1) regional economics/rural economic development; 2) agricultural production economics; and 3) marketing/consumer demand. Students in our Agricultural Economics undergraduate major select from three possible curriculum tracks: 1) Agribusiness Management and Food Marketing; 2) Agricultural Economics; and 3) Advanced Studies in Agricultural Economics. The department also supports a large number of students pursuing minors in Agricultural Economics.
Specialized and Related ProgramsMost departmental offices are located in the Charles E. Barnhart Building on UK’s Lexington Campus. Kentucky Farm Business Management (KFBM) Program specialists are located in six counties across Kentucky. In addition to KFBM, other specialized departmental programs include the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP)and the UK Income Tax Seminar Program. Departmental faculty and staff are also active in a variety of additional college efforts including:

College OpportunitiesThis is an exciting time to be joining M-G CAFE. The late University of Kentucky alum and former trustee Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton bestowed a transformational gift of $100 million to the college this past spring through The Bill Gatton Foundation. This is not only the largest gift to the university in its nearly 160-year history but is also believed to be the largest to a college of agriculture in the United States. This gift will accelerate our land-grant mission through activities and support for student success, academic programming, 21st Century capital projects and initiatives, as well as faculty research and innovation.

We are also amid of a campus precinct planning process that involves creating a strong M-G CAFE campus identity to promote environmental stewardship and foster excellence. An important part of this effort is the creation of state-of–the-art facilities through renovation, repurposing, and new building construction. Included in the projects targeted for completion over the next few years is an instructional space expansion of the Charles E. Barnhart Building where the Department of Agricultural Economics is located. The department also recently completed a comprehensive program review that provides insights useful for strategic planning required to effectively address the many developmental opportunities facing the department and college.

Position DetailsThe Chair is the administrative and fiscal affairs officer, program leader, and chief academic officer for the Department of Agricultural Economics, reporting to the College Dean. This is a tenure eligible, 12-month appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics with the distribution of effort negotiable upon appointment and annually thereafter in compliance with university regulations. The Chair’s administrative year-round appointment is renewable after the initial six-year term. UK generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit:

Typical Duties and Responsibilities
The Department Chair administrative duties and responsibilities are found in many parts of the university’s governing and administrative regulations with highlights including, but not limited to:
  • Communication with internal and external stakeholders in support of timely information dissemination.
  • Academic leadership, including faculty hiring and development, annual performance reviews, two- and four-year pre-tenure reviews, dossier preparation, curriculum changes and development, overall faculty mentorship, faculty/staff searches, periodic program reviews/implementation, accreditation (as appropriate), as well as institutional and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reporting.
  • Enhancement of collaborative relationships with commodity groups and other stakeholders to advance knowledge in agricultural economics.
  • Development and oversight of departmental strategic planning.
  • Fiscal analysis and strategic financial management, fiscal and reporting accountability to a variety of funding sources and entities, and compliance with business procedures.
  • Leadership in grant development and funding as well as philanthropic efforts.
  • Infusing innovative entrepreneurial activities for each mission area and across mission areas.
  • Providing personnel management, including faculty and staff development.
  • Stewardship of physical facilities and information technology resources.
  • Compliance with university governing and administrative regulations.
  • Taking actions to increase belonging for all community members.
  • Citizenship on behalf of the College and University.

Applicant Documents
Applicants will submit the following materials within the application:
  • Cover letter that includes a statement of strategic vision, administrative experience, and leadership philosophy, including responsibilities previous described (up to 3 pages)
  • Curriculum Vita that includes a list of publications, grants received, and records of teaching, extension, and service (no page limit)
  • Specific Request 1 – Statement on research (up to 1 page) and a statement on teaching/instruction (up to 1 page), total of 2 pages.
  • Specific Request 2 – Statement on extension (up to 1 page)
  • Specific Request 3 – Statement on diversity, equity and inclusion related to this position (up to 1 page)

When prompted in the application, include the names and contact information for three (3) professional references who can address in their professional judgement your performance in advancing your scholarly field, significance of the venues in which you have been published, the grants you have been involved with, instructional accomplishments, and the service performed. This information may be used to solicit reference letters within the employment system. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Position is available January 1, 2024, and the start date is negotiable.

Questions should be directed to:Dr. Jeffrey W. StringerSearch Committee Chair105 T.P. Cooper BuildingUniversity of KentuckyLexington, KY 40546-0073Phone: 859-257-3217Email:

The University of Kentucky and the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (M-G CAFE) are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment of mutual respect where all members of our community are able to fully engage, belong, and succeed. We support and welcome applicants of all identities such as but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, perspectives, beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, religious belief, age, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity university. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and all interested and qualified people. The EEO Coordinator is Tim West, S-105 Agricultural Science North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.

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University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Fast Facts

Location: Lexington, Ky.
Founded: 1865
Endowment: $1.1 billion
Budget: $3.5 billion
Research Grants and Contracts Awarded: $316.5 million
Library Holdings: 4.3 million volumes
Enrollment: 30,76
President: Dr. Eli Capilouto
Provost: Dr. David W. Blackwell
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration: Dr. Eric Monday
Executive Vice President for Research: Dr. Lisa A. Cassis
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs: Dr. Mark F. Newman

About the University

Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.


The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

Our Guiding Principles

The University is driven by the promise it has made to Kentucky, one that honors its land-grant mission and a heritage honed through 150 years of service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Six principles guide our efforts. They are: creating a vibrant undergraduate learning community, advancing a high-quality graduate and professional education portfolio, cultivating a robust research environment, developing a strong and sustainable UK infrastructure, fostering a positive work environment for faculty and staff, and ensuring a meaningful impact on the Commonwealth and the community.


As Central Kentucky's largest employer, the University of Kentucky supports the recruitment and retention of unparalleled talent - individuals who inspire learning, teaching, service and healing through innovation in work solutions, initiatives, policies and programs. Impressive benefits at the University include an excellent retirement package, with an employer match that doubles the employee's contribution, a dynamic work-life program to assist employees in balancing their work with their personal lives, a wellness program to protect, maintain and promote the health of employees, and a strategic plan that nurtures diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity. For more information regarding benefits, visit


In fiscal year 2016, the University of Kentucky was awarded $316.5 million in external grants and contracts. UK is one of only eight universities across the country with the full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional and medical programs on one contiguous campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique cross-disciplinary research and scholarship. Moreover, UK is currently one of only 22 public institutions with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence in research: for aging, in cancer and in translational science. A new $265 million research facility, due to open in 2018, will bring together clinicians, scientists and scholars from across UK’s campus to reduce health gaps in Kentucky. These health gaps include cancer, cardiovascular disease & stroke, diabetes & obesity, substance abuse, and neuroscience & aging.

Research at UK is a dynamic enterprise encompassing both traditional scholarship and emerging technologies. UK is one of eight universities in the U.S. that has well-established programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine and pharmacy on a single campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

In 2013, the UK Markey Cancer Center announced its designation as a National Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This designation places UK among an elite group of 22 research universities that can boast the "Triple Crown" of federal research awards: NCI designation, the Clinical Translational Sciences Award, and a federally supported Alzheimer's Disease Center.

UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare has strategically developed an incredible capacity to serve the Commonwealth through its state-of-the-art patient care pavilion and emergency rooms, advanced biomedical and biological research, and a network of affiliate health care agencies throughout Kentucky. Passion for people and a vision for the "medical campus of the future" have inspired leading physicians and researchers from across the United States to join UK. Their research agenda is balanced with outreach to affiliated and partner hospitals, so Kentucky families can receive high-quality health care at home and travel to Lexington for only the most advanced, complex medical care and procedures.

Living in the Bluegrass

Ranked as one of the nation's best places to live and work, Lexington offers many diverse educational, cultural and commercial opportunities. With a population of more than 314,000 people, Lexington supports cultural attractions such as opera, ballet, theater and musical events. Surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms, the Bluegrass Region is known for its natural beauty. For more information:

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