Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

University of Kentucky in Kentucky

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted June 5, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (CAFE) at the University of Kentucky seeks an innovative leader for the position of Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station.  The Experiment Station serves as the research arm of the Colleges academic departments, the Division of Regulatory Services, and off-campus units that include the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, research and education centers at Princeton and Robinson Station, and experiment station farms. The College also has a strong partnership with the USDA-ARS Forage-Animal Production Research Unit (FAPRU) located on campus.


Responsibilities: The Associate Dean position is the principal administrative officer of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. The person filling this position will participate fully in the overall management and operation of the research related activities of the college including the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. The candidate will work in a team environment with the Dean of the College and the Associate Deans for Extension, Academic Programs, and Administration, as well as department chairs and unit leaders.The Associate Dean has oversight for all research-related academic activities and federal and state mandated programs, comprising an annual budget of around $35 million with an additional $25-$30 million in grants and contracts. The Associate Dean will devise and implement policies for investing in research across the college under a new values-based financial model.  Day-to-day duties include:


  • Recruit, evaluate, and facilitate the development of research faculty.

  • Foster an environment that encourages and facilitates multidisciplinary and multistate research efforts.

  • Provide leadership and vision for the research mission of a land-grant institution.

  • Strategic and administrative responsibility for grants and contracts.

  • Administer Hatch, Hatch-Multistate, McIntire-Stennis, and Animal Health funds and programs

  • Research regulatory compliance, conflict of interest management, and responsible conduct of research.

  • Implement intellectual property policies.

  • Plan and develop resources for research faculty startup packages.

  • Oversee the distribution and investment of research support pools (portion of federal formula and recurring state funds, royalties, and one-time internal investments).

  • Manage Regulatory Services, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center, and Equine Programs.

  • Provide direct oversight for research farm facilities across the state.

  • Lend support for research components of college-wide special initiatives.

  • Maintain accountability for research outcomes to numerous university, state and federal entities.

  • Act as liaison to agricultural and natural resource organizations and commodity groups.

Qualifications: The position is open to candidates with a PhD degree in a discipline related to the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment with a distinguished record of research and administration, who can qualify for tenure in an appropriate academic department.  Preference will be given to those with extensive experience and expertise in resource management and communications related to funded research with a demonstrated ability to administer interdisciplinary programs.  Additionally, the candidate must have strong public relations skills to communicate effectively within the university environment, with stakeholders, and with Kentucky residents.

Background Information:

 The University of Kentucky is a public, research-extensive, land grant university dedicated to improving peoples lives through excellence in teaching, research, health care, cultural enrichment, and economic development.  UKs campus covers 716 acres in Lexington and is home to more than 27,000 students from 115 countries and more than 13,500 employees.  UK students enjoy an enormous array of choices, with some 200 majors and degree programs in 17 academic and professional colleges available. UK is one of only a few public universities nationally to house colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Communications and Information Studies, Dentistry, Design, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work on a single campus.  Within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) there are 14 academic departments which offer 27 academic programs, with over 285 faculty members engaged in teaching, research, and extension.  The College currently enrolls approximately 2,700 undergraduate and 480 graduate students. 

The city of Lexington ( is located in Kentuckys beautiful Bluegrass region, surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms.  The second largest city in Kentucky, it is commonly known as the Horse Capital of the World and is home to the Kentucky Horse Park.  With a diverse population of approximately 300,000 people, Lexington is within a days drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States.  The city boasts a thriving arts culture with numerous venues and programs including the Lexington Opera House and University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.  The Bluegrass is not only home to some of the best college sports teams in the country, but four distinct seasons and proximity to the Appalachian mountains and lake country make it an attractive destination for outdoorsmen.  The city also hosts a lively seasonal activities calendar including horse racing at Keeneland and the Red Mile tracks, the Thursday Night Live weekly live music festival and the Taste of the Bluegrass Festival and multiple farmers markets to name a few.

Nominations and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the Universitys executive recruitment consultant:

 Martin M. Baker, Senior Vice President

Baker and Associates LLC

4799 Olde Towne Parkway - Suite 202

Marietta, GA  30068


The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

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