University of Kentucky
Austin Cantor started his academic career after completing his PhD in Nutrition at Cornell University in 1974. He worked in research and extension as a member of the Poultry Science faculty at The Ohio State University. In 1981, he joined the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky, where he has been involved in poultry nutrition research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, and serving as the academic advisor for many undergraduate and graduate students. He is best known for his research on selenium nutrition and on nutritional methods for improving sustainability of production and the nutritional value of poultry products.
In his teaching his courses, he employed conventional methods as well as a variety of distance learning techniques. This enabled him to reach students across Kentucky, the country and overseas.
Throughout his career, he has served in a variety volunteer leadership positions both in academia as well as in the community. His international experiences include serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile for three years, as a consultant/lecturer in numerous countries and serving as an external PhD examiner for overseas universities. In addition, he has been an editorial board member of several national and international scientific journals.
Dr. Cantor and his wife Susan live in Lexington, Kentucky. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.