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Assistant Extension Professor of Community and Leadership Development

Assistant Extension Professor of Community and Leadership Development

Title Hiring Department Job Category Tenure Track Open Until Filled Link to Posting
Assistant Extension Professor of Community and Leadership Development
Community & Leadership Development  Faculty Yes No

Location: Lexington, KY

The Department of Community and Leadership Development in the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky seeks applications for a 12-month, tenure eligible Extension Title Series, Assistant Extension Professor.

The initial Distribution of Effort (DOE) is anticipated to be 80% Extension, 15%

teaching, and 5% service (DOE and assignments are subject to annual negotiation between the faculty

member and administration).

Primary responsibilities will include Extension program development, undergraduate/graduate instruction, program evaluation and training current and future Extension professionals. The faculty member will provide leadership to build Cooperative Extension’s and the Department’s capacity to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of educational programs in achieving desired results and to contribute to individual, community and organizational learning and performance improvement. Capacity building efforts will include initiatives such as conducting evaluation studies and assessments, supporting accountability and reporting functions, aligning organizational policies in support of evaluation, and teaching subject matter related to the scholarship of evaluation.

Additional expectations include:


  • Providing technical assistance to Extension colleagues in program design, logic model development, evaluation planning/design, & data collection
  • Developing & providing various professional development experiences, such as in-service trainings
  • Providing facilitative leadership to Extension program areas and academic departments with needs specific to evaluation
  • Assisting Extension program assistants, agents & specialists in developing success stories/impact statements, reports, grants & other proposals as needed
  • Creating, monitoring and updating programs/evaluation assessments to help strengthen county Plans of Work
  • Teaching one course annually in the Department of Community & Leadership Development in an area related to Research Design, Evaluation, and/or Extension Education
  • Advising graduate students in Community & Leadership Development
  • Communicate to internal and external audiences the impact/value of Cooperative Extension in Kentucky such as working closely with Extension marketing teams to articulate the impact of Extension
  • Collaborating with teams across program areas to develop and submit grant proposals
  • Assisting with and monitoring the accomplishments of strategic planning initiatives
  • Contributing to the Department’s overall goals in scholarship, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

UK 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:

Applicant Documents
Applicants will submit the following materials within the application:

  • Cover letter that summarizes how the applicant meets the qualifications of this position. (up to 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vita including related education and professional work history (no page limit)
  • Specific Request 1 – Teaching philosophy (up to 1 page)
  • Specific Request 2 – Extension philosophy (up to 1 page)
  • Specific Request 3 – Examples of relevant publications or previous work (no page limit)

When prompted in the application, include the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. This information may be used to solicit reference letters within the employment system. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Review of applications will begin 1/12/2024, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Position is available 7/1/2024, and the start date is negotiable.

Questions should be directed to:
Dr. Ken Jones, Search Chair
Extension Professor
Community and Leadership Development
711 Garrigus Building
325 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40546

Tel: (859) 257-7193


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S123 Ag. Science North Lexington, KY 40546-0091