Assistant Extension Professor, University of Kentucky

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Assistant Extension Professor
Department of Community and Leadership Development
University of Kentucky

The Department of Community and Leadership Development in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the University of Kentucky seeks applicants for a 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Extension Professor position with a specialization in community development. The position is available July 1, 2014. Responsibilities will include both conducting Cooperative Extension programming as well as teaching in the area of community and organizational development.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to establish on-going Extension programs related to community and economic development and contribute to the instructional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Examples of such Extension programs include community assessment; community development project planning, implementation, and evaluation; business retention and expansion; entrepreneurship; group facilitation; and community and regional food systems. Clientele for these Extension programs include Cooperative Extension personnel and groups at the county and state levels, communities, community organizations, non-profits, and government agencies and associations. The successful candidate will affiliate and coordinate a majority of his/her Extension programming with the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative for Kentucky (CEDIK), a multi-disciplinary initiative in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment.

The initial Distribution of Effort (DOE) is anticipated to be approximately 75% Extension and 25% instruction with opportunities to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. DOE and assignments are subject to annual negotiation between the faculty member and administration.

Qualifications: An earned doctorate in community development, rural sociology, sociology, education, leadership studies, community communication, anthropology, political science, or other social science disciplines. (ABDs will be considered but the Ph.D. must be completed prior to appointment.) Teaching experience and successful grant funding is also desirable.

Salary & Benefits: Salary open and competitive. Benefits include TIAA-CREF retirement and Fidelity Investments, group health and life insurance, vacation, disability, and family leave.

Application: Review of applications will begin January 6, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a curriculum vita, a writing sample, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Kenneth R. Jones, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Community and Leadership Development, 500 Garrigus Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215 (phone: 859-257-7193; e-mail: kenrjones@uky.edu).

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is an Equal Opportunity

Organization and welcomes applications from women and minorities.