POSITION TITLE: Assistant Extension Professor of Agricultural Economics
LOCATION: To be determined, either the Lexington, KY campus of the University of Kentucky or the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence at Princeton, KY. Regardless of workstation, a highly visible presence among feed grain, food grain, and oilseed producers in Western Kentucky is essential, which will likely involve significant travel.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-eligible position in the Extension Title Series with an approximate start date of July 1, 2022. If located in Lexington, the initial distribution of effort will be 80% extension, 15% instruction, and 5% service. If located in Princeton, the initial distribution of effort will be 95% extension and 5% service. The successful candidate will conduct Extension educational programming related to the economics of grain marketing, policy, and production. In addition to developing outreach efforts targeted to county Extension agents, farmers, and other stakeholders, our new colleague will conduct applied research that supports and informs those outreach efforts.
The successful candidate is expected to develop Extension programming on: 1) grain and oilseed commodity outlook and marketing; 2) crop insurance; 3) federal farm programs; and
4) the economics of grain and oilseed production, storage strategies and supply chains. The latter is expected to occur primarily through participation in interdisciplinary applied research efforts. Our new colleague is also expected to: 1) attract extramural funding to support Extension programming efforts and graduate students; 2) interact with professional colleagues at the regional and national levels; 3) be engaged with farm/commodity organizations and industries in the state that focus on grains, 4) create appropriate Extension educational materials including, but not limited to, articles in trade press and refereed extension outlets; and 5) publish in refereed journals.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in agricultural economics, economics, or a closely related field. Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary and fringe benefits are competitive with those of other leading land-grant universities. Employment at UK is subject to funding availability and comes with diverse rewards, focusing on your total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. The university generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit: https://www.uky.edu/hr/benefits.
APPLICATION: Application can be made online at https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/360402 and requires a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate degree transcripts, contact information for three references, and a job market paper (upload as Specific Request #1).
Applications will be reviewed beginning January 2, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
CONTEXT: For more information about the Department of Agricultural Economics, please visit http://agecon.ca.uky.edu/. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) is fulfilling the land-grant promise of educational excellence, civic leadership, transformational research, and shared knowledge serving the common good. We serve the people of the Commonwealth and across the world through education, outreach, service, and research by finding solutions to improve lives today and create a sustainable future. We integrate teaching, research, and extension in our work. We recruit, retain, and graduate students who are competent, responsible, and workforce ready. For more than 130 years, CAFE has provided research results to the community. From traditional labs and research farms to high- tech diagnostic and research centers, we offer science-based, practical solutions that affect the everyday lives of Kentuckians and people around the world. Our Cooperative Extension programs are engaged in Kentucky’s 120 counties, identifying and addressing needs not only in agriculture and natural resources, but also 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, as well as community & economic development.
The University of Kentucky and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment 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 Agricultural Science North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. Therefore, as of October 18, 2021, all new hires prior to their first day of employment must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those employees who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.