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Department Head and Professor of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Title: Department Head and Professor of Agricultural Economics and Economics

  • Employer: Montana State University-Bozeman (Agricultural Economics & Economics)
  • Location: United States
  • Position Type: Full Professor
  • Deadline: Sep 25, 2017

  • Job Description:

    The Montana State University Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics (DAEE) is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and the College of Letters and Science. The Department currently has 20 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, about half of whom work in the field of Agricultural Economics, and three of whom have extension appointments. The Department ascribes to the highest academic standards and is dedicated to education that develops human capital. Faculty members are highly productive scholars, who conduct research in Agricultural Economics and Economics with a focus on high quality publications in leading refereed journals. DAEE faculty obtain substantial extramural grant funding. The Department provides high quality teaching and outreach programs. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Agricultural Business, Economics, and Financial Engineering, with undergraduate majors numbering about 260. DAEE courses also play substantial service roles for other programs in the University. The Department offers a very rigorous, highly respected Master’s degree in Applied Economics, graduating an average of six students per year. The Department strives to maintain a rich and diverse faculty group, and women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

    Montana State University (MSU) is located in Bozeman, Montana and was founded in 1893 as a land grant university. The University is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Montana State University has a total enrollment of over 16,000 students including approximately 2,000 graduate students and it is recognized as a top research university by the Carnegie Foundation.

    Bozeman is a community of approximately 44,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Montana, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities that include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by six national airlines and is the busiest airport in the state. Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. The community is consistently highly ranked by a range of media outlets: it was ranked the #2 American Dreamtown by, the best place to “reboot your life” by Sunset magazine, the #11 mid-sized American city by, and the #1 place to live and ski by Powder Magazine. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America’s most desirable university towns.

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    Duties and Responsibilities
    The department head is responsible for: 1) facilitating and coordinating the Department’s teaching, research, extension and outreach programs; 2) fostering a departmental culture that is participatory and supports successful scholarship; 3) managing the personnel, budget, and physical facilities of the department; and 4) representing the faculty in various internal and external capacities. In addition to the administrative duties, the department head is expected—at levels commensurate with the administrative appointment—to maintain a research program in agricultural economics and/or economics that results in publications in leading disciplinary refereed journals, to provide high quality teaching, and to provide quality outreach in accordance with professional expertise.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
    1. Ph.D. in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or a closely related discipline.
    2. Established research program in Agricultural Economics or Economics that has resulted in publications in disciplinary refereed journals and positive professional recognition commensurate with an appointment at the Full Professor level in the DAEE at Montana State University.
    3. Teaching and/or outreach qualifications commensurate with an appointment at the Full Professor level in the DAEE at Montana State University.
    4. Experience supervising personnel and managing budgets.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
    1. Demonstrated ability in leadership, program management, and/or administration.
    2. Experience communicating with external stakeholders, such as agricultural producer groups and firms; community, regional, and state organizations; businesses and non-profits; government officials; and the general public.
    3. Experience advising graduate students.

    The Successful Candidate Will
    • Have a well-defined vision for leading a joint department in a land grant university
    • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent organizational skills
    • Demonstrate leadership qualities
    • Be able to represent the department to University faculty and administrators, government officials, off-campus organizations, and the general public
    • Demonstrate willingness to work with and engage diverse students, staff, and colleagues within and outside the department and will have a commitment to the principles of inclusiveness and diversity.

    Applications Instructions
    Applicants should submit the following materially via:

    1) current CV 2) a cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience as they relate to each individual required and preferred qualification 3) your administrative philosophy and vision for leading a joint department (under two colleges) and 4) a summary of current research and three examples of research papers. Please note, the names and contact information for four professional references are required as part of your profile.

    Screening of applications will commence August 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Mark Jutila (

    MSU is an ADA/EEO/Vet Pref Employer.