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Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education

Job Details

Job Title:

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education

Requisition Number:

FE03973

Department Name:

81130:Community & Leadership Development

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Type of Position:

Faculty

Position Time Status :

Full-Time

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Required Education:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. by the start date, in Agricultural Education, or related discipline.

Required Related Experience:

The applicant must have a minimum of three-years of secondary classroom teaching experience.

Required License/Registration/Certification:

N/A

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 Regular Title Series, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education.

Distribution of effort of teaching responsibilities will be 55 percent and will include 4 courses in agricultural education per academic year. Teaching responsibilities will also include student-teacher supervision in CLD’s agricultural education program. Teaching opportunities include an expectation of teaching a graduate course, and the mentoring and recruitment of agricultural education students in CLD’s multidisciplinary graduate program. Applicants will teach courses associated with pedagogical/andragogical theory to practice and safety-theory coursework.Distribution of effort for research responsibilities will be 40 percent, with expectations to develop a nationally recognized research program focused on agricultural safety and health. The successful candidate is expected to establish a peer-reviewed publication record in teaching and research scholarship; secure competitive grants; and recruit and advise graduate students.Distribution of effort for service will initially be 5 percent, with expectations for service on selected committees that support the mission of the department, college, and university; and provide leadership to professional societies.Potential applicants should have an interest in collaboration and instruction that supports the linkages between agricultural education, and other units on campus involved in agricultural safety and health research and outreach.

Formed in 2002, the Department of Community and Leadership Development is a multi-disciplinary department. The department consists of 13 tenured/eligible/lecturer faculty. Over 170 undergraduate students represent the two majors housed within CLD: Agricultural Education (a teaching certification program) and Community & Leadership Development. In addition, the department has 15 graduate students pursuing an M.S. degree. Being recognized three of the last four years as the Alpha Tau Alpha program of the year, the University of Kentucky agricultural education undergraduate program prides itself on its innovative practices and culture of inclusivity. We are preparing to move into new facilities in early 2026.

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) is fulfilling the land-grant promise of educational excellence, civic leadership, transformational research, and shared knowledge serving the common good. We serve the people of the Commonwealth and across the world through education, outreach, service, and research by finding solutions to improve lives today and create a sustainable future. We integrate teaching, research, and extension in our work. We recruit, retain, and graduate students who are competent, responsible, and workforce ready. For more than 130 years, CAFE has provided research results to the community. From traditional labs and research farms to high-tech diagnostic and research centers, we offer science-based, practical solutions that affect the everyday lives of Kentuckians and people around the world. Our Cooperative Extension programs are engaged in Kentucky’s 120 counties, identifying and addressing needs not only in agriculture and natural resources, but also 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, as well as community & economic development. We create a welcoming and inclusive environment that allows our faculty, staff, and students to reach their highest potential. We recognize people with diverse backgrounds and experiences are essential to decision making, problem solving, and innovation each and every day.The University of Kentucky is an institution with over 23,000 undergraduate and 9,500 graduate students. UK is Kentucky’s flagship university and a land grant institution. We have a university commitment to improve the lives of Kentuckians and beyond and that is why environmental stewardship and sustainability are core parts of our institution’s legacy. We are recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Gold level Bicycle Friendly University by The League of American Bicyclists, and are recognized as a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Silver Rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university is geographically near downtown Lexington, which offers the vibrancy of an urban location while being in close proximity to working landscapes and recognized wilderness areas. It is a thriving community of 320,000+ with a strong commitment to quality of life, education, and the arts. Lexington is in the Bluegrass Region, an internationally acclaimed cultural landscape and agricultural region. The University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment respectfully acknowledges that the University of Kentucky sits on the traditional territory of the Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Adena, and Hopewell peoples.
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: https://hr.uky.edu/insurance-and-retirement.

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 – Research philosophy (up to 1 page)

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 4/8/2024, 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. Stacy K. VincentChair, Search Committee500 Garrigus BuildingUSPS Street AddressUniversity of KentuckyLexington KY 40546-0215Phone: 859-257-7588Email: stacy.vincent@uky.eduWeb: https://cld.ca.uky.edu/


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.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? :

No

Preferred Education/Experience:

Demonstrated evidence of an established publication record; evidence of funded research efforts; interests in diversity and inclusion; teaching experience in higher education; effective written communication, a compelling (successful and complimentary to the department needs) research agenda; engagement in professional organizations with emphasis on leadership roles; and professional experience in industry.

Open Until Filled:

Yes

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.

Organization

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.

Mission

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.

Employment/Benefits

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 http://www.uky.edu/hr/benefits.

Research

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: http://www.uky.edu/hr/employment/working-uk/life-in-lexington.

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