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Lecturer in Forestry and Natural Resources

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

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Job Title:

Lecturer in Forestry and Natural Resources

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

81090:Forestry and Natural Resources

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Type of Position:


Position Time Status :


Tenure Track Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Required Education:

Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Forestry, Natural Resources, or similar field.

Required Related Experience:

Preference for applicants with college or university teaching skills.

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Job Summary:

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment invites applications for a Lecturer in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, which is a 12-month non-tenure eligible position in support of the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) undergraduate degree program. The anticipated annual distribution of effort is 80% instruction, 15% for co-curricular and administrative activities in support of the NRES undergraduate degree program, as well as 5% service to the college, university, and profession.The NRES undergraduate degree program is interdisciplinary and provides student with the knowledge, skills, and field experiences necessary for a career in environmental science, natural resource management, environmental consulting, or other types of environmental work. The program is tailorable to students’ interests and career goals allowing for a choice of concentrations in analysis and environmental systems. The NRES undergraduate degree program has grown by over 30% in the past three years and is presently the sixth largest undergraduate major in the college. In addition to instruction, this position will serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and will support the program through efforts associated with recruitment, advising, career and professional development mentorship, retention, and assessment.The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.Qualifications:PhD in Environmental Science, Forestry, Natural Resources, or similar is required. Preference will be given to candidates with college or university teaching experience. Qualifications include strong oral and written English communication skills; strong organizational skills; commitment to diverse, inclusive, high- quality undergraduate education and advising; and a strong commitment to student recruitment. The ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cross-functional environments with other faculty, external stakeholders, as well as public, private, and governmental agencies is essential.Location:Lexington, KY with domestic and potentially international travel in support of the programSalary and Benefits:Salary is negotiable and is commensurate with training and experience. Employment at UK is subject to fund availability and comes with diverse rewards, focusing on your total wellbeing and career development, with leadership striving to provide strong work-life integration. The university generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, the UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit
Applications should be submitted by March 29, 2024, for full consideration while the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated interview period is late March to late April. Please use the University of Kentucky’s electronic application process to apply. Required documents include: 1) Cover Letter that outlines your approach to the position’s qualifications, responsibilities, and vision for innovative and impactful education in the individual course as well as overall program levels; 2) Curriculum Vita that includes a list of relevant work experience, scholarly products, and records of teaching, mentoring, and service; 3) Teaching statement that addresses instructional, advising, and mentoring approaches (Specific Request 1); 4) Statement on inclusive teaching, research, professional activities, and/or service (Specific Request 2); and 5) Contact information for at least three professional references who can address in their professional judgement your performance as an instructor, advisor, and mentor (Specific Request 3; please also indicate your relationship to the reference). Questions should be directed to Chris Matocha, PhD, Search Committee Chair, Phone: 859-257-3655, Email:

The University of Kentucky and the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (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 Agriculture Science Center North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

Qualifications include strong oral and written English communication skills; strong organizational skills; commitment to diverse, inclusive, high- quality undergraduate education and advising; and a strong commitment to student recruitment. The ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cross-functional environments with other faculty, external stakeholders, as well as public, private, and governmental agencies is essential.

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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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