Assistant/Associate Professor
Advertiser: Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut
Field(s) of specialization: Development; Growth - Econometrics - Environmental; Ag. Econ. - Labor; Demographic Economics - Public Economics - Urban; Rural; Regional Economics - Health; Education; Welfare
Position type(s): Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
Location of job: 1376 Storrs Drive, WB Young, Storrs, CT, 06269, United States (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: 2022-08-23
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 3
Target date for applications: 15 Dec 2021
Current search status: Position filled
Posting end date: 31 Dec 2021
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting November, 2021.
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Assistant/Associate Professor

INTRODUCTION

The University of Connecticut Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Successful candidates will contribute to the mission of the University through research and teaching portfolios that address issues in economic development or socioeconomic disparities with application to the Northeastern U.S. Relevant areas of interest include: income and wealth inequality, urban and rural economic development, climate change adaptation strategies, spatial distribution of economic activity, environmental justice, public policy evaluation, racial and equity. We will consider researchers from any economic discipline working in these areas, including development, agriculture, public health, labor, housing, industrial organization, education, and environmental economics.

For hire at the Associate level, we seek scholars with internationally recognized research and teaching portfolios that address the topics listed above who can successfully collaborate with research, teaching, and Extension faculty and staff in the Department and College currently working in these areas. We seek candidates with a strong interest in assuming a leadership role in coordinating such collaborations or in policy engagement at the intersection of research and practice.

This hire, one of several in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources with the objective of supporting the five areas of the College’s strategic vision, which will guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension programs in the years 2020-25. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make significant contributions in their area of expertise, contributing to the advancement of one or more of the CAHNR’s five strategic priorities:

  • Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate
  • Fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for anti-racist policies, practices, and norms.
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Fostering sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
  • Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply

The CAHNR Strategic Vision provides additional information on the strategic initiatives and their related areas of emphasis.

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, one of the leading applied economics departments in the U.S., is ranked by RePEC as in the top 10 % of institutions in the field of Agricultural Economics world-wide, 23rd among Agricultural Economics Institutions, and 17th in the U.S. among Agricultural Economics University Departments. The Department has 13 faculty members, about 100 undergraduates and 45 graduate students (over 25 Ph.D.'s). It offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and is internationally recognized in the areas of Agribusiness & Food Marketing, Environmental & Resource Economics, and Economic Development. The Department hosts the Zwick Center for Food & Resource Policy (zwickcenter.uconn.edu). We are located on the University’s main campus in Storrs, within driving distance of Boston and New York City.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful candidate will have an anticipated start date of August 23, 2022 in a full-time, nine-month tenured or tenure-track position. Duties include a 50/50 split between teaching and research, with expectations for service equitably shared among Department faculty. Teaching responsibilities will include three courses at the graduate and/or undergraduate level annually and student advising. Research responsibilities include: develop and implement a strong applied program applicable to economic problems affecting the northeast region of the US; publish in high quality scholarly journals; collaborate with campus-based faculty particularly with relation to the College Strategic Vision; actively seek extramural research funding; and mentoring of graduate students.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Economics, or related field (equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable); excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent training in microeconomic theory and empirical methods; a proven record or demonstrated strong potential to secure external grants; excellence in research as demonstrated by strong potential for significant scholarly output, including refereed field and general interest economics journals; demonstrated excellence in teaching; and proven ability to work in a collegial manner with colleagues from highly diverse disciplines and experiences.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

An ability to combine research and engagement, ability to work with extension faculty and programs, ability to coordinate grant writing and multidisciplinary integrated research projects, and experience working with others in related disciplines. The University of Connecticut has recently inaugurated a cross-disciplinary graduate degree program in data science; thus, a willingness to contribute to course offerings in that program with applications to economic applications or methods is also highly desirable.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

The salary for this position will be competitive with other public land-grant universities. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2022.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online through EconJobMarket.org where you will submit the following application materials.

  • A cover letter that indicates your vision and programmatic objectives for the position, including how your work at UConn will contribute to one or more of CAHNR strategic priorities;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Graduate transcripts;
  • Copies of teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available;
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample of publications or dissertation abstract;
  • Arrange to have three letters of reference uploaded directly into EconJobMarket.org website.

The review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, submit the above materials online no later than December 15, 2021. Direct inquiries to AREsearch@uconn.edu. Interviews will be conducted online. For questions, call 860-486-2836 or send email to Karen.nye@uconn.edu.

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which can be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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