The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is currently seeking a faculty member at the Assistant Professor rank. 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 is one of fourteen academic departments in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. The Department provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in forestry and natural resources and offers the only Society of American Foresters accredited forestry program in Kentucky. 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 conducts basic and applied research to support our understanding and use of forest ecosystems. Research emphasis areas include silviculture and forest operations, wildlife ecology and conservation biology, hydrology watershed management, and forest health and restoration. The Department has significant off-campus resources available to support its mission including the nationally recognized Robinson Forest located in eastern Kentucky. For information about the Department of Forestry, see www.ca.uky.edu/forestry
To apply, interested applicants should attach the following documents: a letter of application (Cover Letter), curriculum vitae, statement of extension/outreach philosophy (upload under Specific Request 1), statement of teaching philosophy (upload under Specific Request 2), and unofficial transcripts (upload under Academic Transcript). In addition, please provide the names and contact information for at least two references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.
Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jeff Stringer, Department and Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date is March 15, 2019, or until a suitable candidate is found. Anticipated starting date is July 1, 2019.