Job Announcement: University of Kentucky

Clay Lancaster/ Abell Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation

The Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky invites applications at the associate or full professor level for the Clay Lancaster/ Abell Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation, to begin August 1, 2017. In addition to being faculty in the Department of Historic Preservation, the Chair has general administrative responsibility for the department, serves as its representative at the college and university levels, guides the growth of the program in new and innovative directions, and maintains a productive environment for department faculty, students and staff. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to provide leadership, both internal and external to the department, while also providing sound management of department resources. Review of applications will begin February 20, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.
Successful applicants must have a terminal degree in Historic Preservation, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architectural History, Architecture, Public History, American Studies, or a closely related field. Candidates must have an interest in the study, conservation, and use of historic environments at all scales with a strong record of externally funded peer-reviewed research, or an exceptional record of achievement in practice. Evidence of collaboration with other academic units and public, private, or non-profit organizations is preferred, as is evidence of teaching excellence. Previous administrative experience is encouraged. The department seeks a director who recognizes the need for innovation in a field ripe for change. The chair should be able to critically reimagine the place of preservation in addressing the challenges of the 21st Century. These challenges might include economic development in small cities and rural communities, stabilizing legacy cities, rehabilitation and re-use, climate change, social justice, rural preservation, intangible cultural heritage, international development, or the development of novel and imaginative methods for communicating cultural heritage.
The Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky is a small but passionate group of scholars, practitioners, and students dedicated to using the historic environment to address the needs of modern society. Housed within the College of Design, the department offers a NCPE certified 48-hour Master’s degree in Historic Preservation, a 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, and a newly developed 12-hour Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation. Community engagement is an essential part of the teaching approach used by the department, and the ideal candidate would be comfortable initiating activities that further develop this model.
The College of Design is composed of the Department of Historic Preservation, the School of Architecture, and the School of Interiors. Under the direction of its new dean, the college is aggressively expanding its presence within the state and within the design field at large. The University of Kentucky is also expanding, with approximately 23,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. UK students and faculty live, work, and learn in some of the country’s most varied urban and rural landscapes. An easy drive to Louisville, Cincinnati, and the Appalachian Mountains, and surrounded by vibrant small towns and the iconic Bluegrass landscape, Lexington boasts a thriving historic downtown with active arts and culinary scenes. Lexington offers a pleasantly low cost of living while still providing all the amenities typically found in a city that is home to a state’s flagship land grant university.
Applicants should apply via the UK Jobs site here: and should include:
• Curriculum vitae
• Cover letter
• Specific Request 1: Two examples of peer reviewed scholarly work, or professional work
• Specific Request 2: 3-5 page statement of how the applicant would address emerging opportunities in the in the field of historic preservation through teaching, research, and departmental leadership
Please provide the names and contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.
Review of applications will begin February 20, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact the Search Committee Chair, Asst. Professor Douglas Appler, Ph.D ( with inquiries.
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