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Assistant Extension Professor of Community and Leadership Development

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

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Job Title:

Assistant Extension Professor of Community and Leadership Development

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Department Name:

81130:Community & Leadership Development

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

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Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Required Education:

The applicant must have an earned doctorate in a related social science discipline. (ABDs will be considered but the doctorate must be completed prior to appointment.)

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Job Summary:

The Department of Community and Leadership Development in the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky seeks applications for a 12-month, tenure eligible Extension Title Series, Assistant Extension Professor.

The initial Distribution of Effort (DOE) is anticipated to be 80% Extension, 15%teaching, and 5% service (DOE and assignments are subject to annual negotiation between the facultymember and administration).
Primary responsibilities will include Extension program development, undergraduate/graduate instruction, program evaluation and training current and future Extension professionals. The faculty member will provide leadership to build Cooperative Extension’s and the Department’s capacity to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of educational programs in achieving desired results and to contribute to individual, community and organizational learning and performance improvement. Capacity building efforts will include initiatives such as conducting evaluation studies and assessments, supporting accountability and reporting functions, aligning organizational policies in support of evaluation, and teaching subject matter related to the scholarship of evaluation.

Additional expectations include:

  • Providing technical assistance to Extension colleagues in program design, logic model development, evaluation planning/design, & data collection
  • Developing & providing various professional development experiences, such as in-service trainings
  • Providing facilitative leadership to Extension program areas and academic departments with needs specific to evaluation
  • Assisting Extension program assistants, agents & specialists in developing success stories/impact statements, reports, grants & other proposals as needed
  • Creating, monitoring and updating programs/evaluation assessments to help strengthen county Plans of Work
  • Teaching one course annually in the Department of Community & Leadership Development in an area related to Research Design, Evaluation, and/or Extension Education
  • Advising graduate students in Community & Leadership Development
  • Communicate to internal and external audiences the impact/value of Cooperative Extension in Kentucky such as working closely with Extension marketing teams to articulate the impact of Extension
  • Collaborating with teams across program areas to develop and submit grant proposals
  • Assisting with and monitoring the accomplishments of strategic planning initiatives
  • Contributing to the Department’s overall goals in scholarship, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

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:

Applicant Documents
Applicants will submit the following materials within the application:
  • Cover letter that summarizes how the applicant meets the qualifications of this position. (up to 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vita including related education and professional work history (no page limit)
  • Specific Request 1 – Teaching philosophy (up to 1 page)
  • Specific Request 2 – Extension philosophy (up to 1 page)
  • Specific Request 3 – Examples of relevant publications or previous work (no page limit)

When prompted in the application, include the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. 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 1/12/2024, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Position is available 7/1/2024, and the start date is negotiable.

Questions should be directed to:
Dr. Ken Jones, Search Chair
Extension Professor
Community and Leadership Development
711 Garrigus Building
325 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40546

Tel: (859) 257-7193

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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Preferred Education/Experience:

  • Demonstrated success in conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research in several of the following areas: statistical analysis of data, survey design and development, expertise conducting interviews/focus groups/observations, strong analytical skills, experimental and quasi- experimental designs
  • Demonstrated success in evaluating community-based non-formal educational programs that reach diverse (racial, ethnic, limited resource, etc.) audiences and communities
  • Ability to teach and communicate ideas effectively (verbal, written and through educational technology)
  • Proficiency with new technologies for use in conducting evaluations
  • Expertise in working with and building the capacity of diverse and historically underrepresented groups
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Cooperative Extension Service, thus demonstrating a strong commitment to its core values of community, discovery, inclusiveness and relationship building
  • Understanding of the purpose/goals of the Land Grant mission
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills when working in an interdisciplinary team setting

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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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