Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources – University of Kentucky.

FACULTY POSITION
Forestry and Natural Resources Faculty, Extension Silviculture and Forest Operations

Position Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Kentucky. This is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment in the Extension Title Series. Anticipated starting date no later than August 1, 2019.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in forestry, forest sciences or degree in sciences related to forest management, silviculture, or forest operations with a preference for experience in eastern hardwoods. At least one degree in forestry is required.
Responsibilities: The position is 80% extension/service and 20% teaching. Assignments and distribution of effort are subject to annual evaluation. The successful candidate will be expected to build a nationally recognized Cooperative Extension Service program in hardwood silviculture and forest operations as demonstrated by success in developing impactful continuing education programs. The candidate will be expected to use a wide array of creative educational tools and strategies to address issues faced by forest managers, practitioners, landowners, and forest industries. The candidate will be expected to acquire extramural funding to support extension programming; develop scholarly extension publications and resources; contribute and/or conduct applied research; and build, maintain, and lead effective collaborations and partnerships. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment with faculty, staff, and extension professionals within the Department, University and the Cooperative Extension Service. Innovative approaches will be required to identify emerging issues and develop practical solutions for on-going local, state, and national/regional issues. The latter requires multidisciplinary collaboration within the University and with forestry, conservation, and business interests to ensure effective and efficient solutions. Engagement with established programs including the Center for Forest and Wood Certification and the Kentucky Master Logger program are also expected. Responsibilities will also include instruction in the Department’s undergraduate forestry program and contributions to graduate instruction in forestry and natural resource sciences.

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is one of fourteen academic departments in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment providing undergraduate and graduate instruction in forestry and natural resources and Kentucky’s only Society of American Foresters accredited forestry program. The Department has a strong continuing education effort that is a part of the Cooperative Extension Service with offices in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Faculty of the Department conduct basic and applied research to support our understanding and use of forest ecosystems. Research emphasis areas include ecology and silviculture, forest operations, wildlife ecology and conservation biology, economics, hydrology watershed management, and forest health and restoration. The Department has significant resources available to support its mission including the nationally recognized Robinson Forest and has significant partnerships and national recognition in forestry extension. For information about the Department and its extension program and the University of Kentucky, see www.ukforestry.org and www.uky.edu. For information about living in Lexington, see https://www.lexingtonky.gov/.

Application Procedure: To apply for job #FE01820, submit a UK Online Application at www.uky.edu/ukjobs. Closing date is March 15, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. Interested applicants should attach the following documents: a letter of application (Cover Letter), curriculum vitae (Resume), statement of extension/outreach philosophy (Specific Request 1), statement of teaching philosophy (Specific Request 2), and unofficial transcripts (Specific Request 3). Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jeff Stringer, Department and Search Committee Chair, stringer@uky.edu.

 

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