The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment invites applications for the position of Chair of the department of Agriculture Economics. The Chair is the administrative and fiscal affairs officer, program leader, and chief academic officer for the Department of Agricultural Economics, reporting to the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The renewable term of the year-round appointment is six years.
The department currently consists of 21 faculty members, 10 Kentucky Farm Business Management staff in six locations statewide, and 10 professional and administrative staff, not including extension associates and program coordinators. The department is the administrative home of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, with 13 locations statewide and independent management of its operations. The department is also the home of the Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), which has a strong affiliation with the College’s Department of Community & Leadership Development. The Chair works with Agricultural Economics faculty, staff, and students, College and University personnel at all levels, professional association members, and clientele.
The Chair articulates a departmental vision, implements strategic plans, promotes diversity, fosters excellence in the department’s academic, extension, and research programs, encourages growth in extramural funding aligned with the department’s mission areas, and is a promoter and spokesperson for the department. Responsibilities include recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation of faculty and staff; management, oversight, and fiscal accountability of departmental resources and a budget of approximately $4 million; academic program development and review; managing the linkages between the College and the Kentucky Farm Business Management Associations, and other duties assigned by the Dean, common examples being special projects and leadership of College-level ad hoc committees. Historically, the chair has taught one course annually, and contributed to academic advising.
Applicants must be a full professor meeting qualifications for tenure in the department, and hold a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics or a closely related discipline. Candidates must understand the Land Grant University mission and have a vision of Agricultural Economics’ role within the system. Candidates should have administrative experience or evident potential for effective administration; leadership ability to promote excellence in each of the Land Grant University missions; a nationally recognized research, teaching, or extension program; and strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
For more information about the University of Kentucky and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, please see http://www.uky.edu/ and http://www.ca.uky.edu/. The departmental website is http://agecon.ca.uky.edu/. For information about living in Lexington, please see http://www.lexingtonky.gov/ and http://www.visitlex.com/things-to-do/.
Please include the following with application:
- Curriculum Vita
- Cover letter which includes a statement of leadership philosophy and a vision of the department (upload under Specific Request 1)
Please also include the names and contact information for at least five references when prompted in the application. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.
All material should be addressed to the search committee. The review of applications will begin December 16, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.