Well before the establishment of the department in 1944, geography courses on Physiography, Elements of Geography, Economic Geography, Conservation of Natural Resources, Land Problems, Geography of North America, and Geographic Basis of American History were offered since 1923 in departments of Geology, Economics, History, and Agriculture.
Central Kentucky's spectacular “natural” environment was deemed to offer unlimited potential for farming and development by eighteenth century explorers and surveyors. By the 1840s travelers visiting the region wrote glowing reports describing the beauty of the rural countryside farms and Lexington’s business and residential districts. It was called the "Athens of the West" and today is the principal city of the Bluegrass Region.
The geography department is located on the 8th floor of the Patterson Office Tower and in Miller Hall. Class is usually held in the Whitehall Classroom Building. Within a short walk are numerous computing labs, libraries, and lounges.
NEW FACULTY POSITION - POLITICAL ECOLOGY - APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 6, 2014
KENTUCKY, LEXINGTON 40506-0027. The University of Kentucky Department of Geography is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geography in the area of political ecology to begin August 2014. Our goal is to build upon and strategically expand the Department’s strengths in nature-society relations. We welcome candidates conducting research in all aspects of political ecology, including one (or more) of the following research themes: gender and the environment; feminist political ecologies; food security; environmental justice; health and the environment; water; waste; pollution and sanitation; urban nature/metabolisms; resource extraction; environmental governance. The successful candidate also will contribute to the College of Arts and Sciences Environmental and Sustainability Studies program (teaching either ENS201 or 202: https://ens.as.uky.edu/). Evidence of excellence or a strong potential for excellence in research and teaching is required. PhD in geography or related discipline required at time of appointment. Applicants should submit: a statement describing research interests and future research plans; a teaching statement; a complete C.V.; up to four reprints; and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted. The formal review process will begin on 6 January 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Apply to Dr. A. Wood, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506 [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Electronic submissions are preferred. For more information on the position and the UK geography program, see http://geography.as.uky.edu/, or contact Dr. Andrew Wood. The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The University also supports family-friendly policies.