James B. Beam Institute - Lecturer
University of Kentucky
The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment invites applications for a Lecturer in Animal and Food Sciences, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, or Horticulture which is a 12-month non-tenure eligible position in support of the James B. Beam Institute (JBBI) for Kentucky Spirits. The anticipated annual distribution of effort is 70% instruction, 25% activities in support of the undergraduate certificate in Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies (DWBS), and 5% service to the college, university, and profession. The JBBI was established to engage in multidisciplinary research, education, and workforce development to elevate the Kentucky spirits industry. Integral to the mission is the construction of a 7,500 square foot operational distillery, equipped with analytic and teaching space, on our college’s campus. Having access to a state-of-the-art teaching and research distillery allows for novel approaches to hands-on training. The DWBS undergraduate certificate is one of the largest in the college and one of the largest in the university in terms of enrollment. This position will support the certificate through recruitment, advising, retention, and assessment. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.
PhD or MS in Food Science, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Horticulture, or similar is required. Preference will be given to candidates with college or university teaching experience. Qualifications include strong oral and written English communication skills; strong organizational skills; commitment to diverse, inclusive, high-quality undergraduate education and advising; and a strong commitment to student recruitment. The ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cross-functional environments with other faculty, external stakeholders, as well as public, private, and governmental agencies is essential.
The position will remain open until filled with a review date of applications beginning March 1, 2024. Required documents include: letter of application; curriculum vita that includes a list of relevant work experience, scholarly products, and records of teaching, mentoring, and service; teaching statement that addresses instructional, advising, and mentoring approaches (Specific Request 1) ;statement on inclusive teaching, research, professional activities, and/or service (Specific Request 2); and contact information for at least three professional references who can address in their professional judgement your performance as an instructor, advisor, and mentor (Specific Request 3; please indicate your relationship to the reference).
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is negotiable and is commensurate with training and experience. Employment at the UK is subject to fund availability and comes with diverse rewards, focusing on your total wellbeing and career development, with leadership striving to provide strong work-life integration. The university generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, the UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit www.uky.edu/HR/benefits.
Faculty and staff in the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are committed to creating an 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, or age. 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.
The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (M-G 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, the M-G 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. We create a welcoming and inclusive environment that allows our faculty, staff, and students to reach their highest potential. We recognize people with diverse backgrounds and experiences are essential to decision making, problem solving, and innovation each and every day.
The University of Kentucky is a university with approximately 22,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. UK is Kentucky’s flagship university and a land grant institution. We have a university commitment to improve the lives of Kentuckians and beyond and that is why environmental stewardship and sustainability are core parts of our institution’s legacy. We are recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Gold level Bicycle Friendly University by The League of American Bicyclists, and are recognized as a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Silver Rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university is geographically near downtown Lexington, which offers the vibrancy of an urban location while being in close proximity to working landscapes and recognized wilderness areas. It is a thriving community of 320,000+ with a strong commitment to quality of life, education, and the arts. Lexington is in the Bluegrass Region, an internationally acclaimed cultural landscape and agricultural region.