PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Assistant Professor of Forestry
is a tenure track position in the School of Agriculture,
Communities, and the Environment which is in the College of
Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences at Kentucky State
University (KSU). The position will have a combination of research
(50%), teaching (25%) and Extension (25%) components.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Assistant Professor of Forestry is a
tenure track position at Kentucky State University in the school of
Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment (ACE) within the
College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences (CACS) This
Ph.D. level position will lead cooperative research and extension
projects to assist in forestry. This position will support the
forestry issues, as well as work with other programs to support the
sustainable forest ecosystem management including emphasis on one
of the following areas of expertise: forest ecosystem management,
urban forestry, agroforestry, parks and forest recreation, ecology
and management, biofuels and renewable resources, invasive species,
biodiversity, or climate change. Stakeholders include urban
farmers, small-scale and organic fruit and vegetable farmers,
aquaponics producers, home and community gardeners, environmental
consultants, and urban planners. The successful candidate will
assist in teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to
performing the job with or without an accommodation)
1. Develop a nationally-recognized applied research program
focusing on sustainable forest ecosystem management including
emphasis in one or more of the following areas of expertise: forest
ecosystem management, urban forestry, agroforestry, parks and
forest recreation, ecology and management, biofuels and renewable
resources, invasive species, biodiversity, or climate change.
2. Support research on crops that are important to Kentucky
stakeholders such as ginseng, white oak, or nut tree crops.
3. Assist in the management and coordination of the 300-acre KSU
Environmental Education Center as a research and teaching
4. Teach or develop undergraduate and graduate courses such as
agroforestry, energy and environment, environmental resource
economics, natural resources policy, environmental hydrology, park
and recreation, depending upon need and areas of expertise.
5. Develop research and extension proposals, conduct research,
analyze research results, and publish results in area of urban
6. Share research-based results with stakeholders through extension
7. Mentor graduate and undergraduate students engaged in applied
8. Serve on committees for university, stakeholder groups, and
9. Work with small and limited resource farmers and underserved
10. Other related duties as assigned.
OTHER DUTIES: (ex: tasks that may be necessary, but are not the
main reason(s) the job was created)
The position will conduct other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D.in Forestry, Natural Resources or a closely
related field required.
Licensing and Certifications
Valid Driver’s License
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
• Candidates must demonstrate the potential for collaborative,
integrated, multi-disciplinary research, granting, publishing, and
• Research and outreach experiences in silvicultural practices,
ecological analysis and modeling, park and recreation, ecological
restoration, wildlife and habitat management, remote sensing/GIS
application in forest management, ecological impact assessment,
climate change and variability.
• Preference will be given to candidates with a record of
excellence in research and teaching and the ability to mentor
undergraduate and graduate students.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively
with a wide range of constituencies in the university
• Ability to work under deadline
• Valid Driver’s License
• Must be able to travel primarily in-state (20%)
• Occasionally may need to move light equipment and carry supplies,
publications, and needed equipment for demonstration and training