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Assistant Professor in Agribusiness and Applied Economics
Post Date: 11/18/2020
Close Date: 12/18/2020
North Dakota State University

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$70,000 and above

Fargo, ND

Job Description:
Position Description & Details: Tenure track, 60% teaching, 40% research, academic year (9 month) appointment.


The Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level to begin in August 2021. The Tenure home is in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, but the position will also be affiliated with the Challey Institute for Global Innovation & Growth (Challey Institute) and the Center for Public Choice and Private Enterprise (PCPE). The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research, teaching and outreach that contributes to the missions of the Challey Institute and PCPE.

Teaching responsibilities may include economics courses at the introductory or intermediate level with additional opportunity to teach upper division and graduate level courses in the candidate’s field of expertise. Teaching load will include three courses per year depending on departmental and Challey Institute/PCPE needs and the candidate’s research and teaching interests.

Faculty evaluations for this position are based on effective teaching and advising at both the undergraduate and/or graduate levels; successful publication in leading disciplinary journals; active participation in professional activities; satisfactory service to Challey Institute/PCPE, department, university, state, and profession; and pursuit of extramural funding sufficient to support an active research program.

Applicants are sought with specialization in public choice approaches to public finance. Candidates with a modern skillset in applied analytical techniques are prioritized. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the Challey Institute and PCPE mission statements through participation in and promotion of activities and programs and through maintenance of a state based policy research agenda. Candidates are particularly sought at the advanced assistant or associate professor level and who incorporate the perspective of Public Choice, New Institutional, or Austrian Economics into their research.

The Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation & Growth (https://www.ndsu.edu/challeyinstitute/) is an interdisciplinary institute that aims to advance understanding in the areas of innovation, trade, and institutions to identify policies and solutions that enhance economic growth and opportunity. The Challey Institute works toward achieving its mission by engaging in research, student programming, and outreach in the areas of (1) international trade, investment, and immigration, (2) innovation and entrepreneurship, and (3) institutions and policy.

The Center for Public Choice and Private Enterprise (www.ndsu.edu/centers/PCPE) engages in research and educational programs to uncover the institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human well-being.

Advertised Salary: The position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level depending on experience and qualifications.

Applicant Materials Required: Applicants must submit 1) a letter of application containing a statement of qualifications and interests as they align with the Challey Institute and PCPE mission statements, 2) a complete curriculum vitae including the names and contact information of three professional references, 3) a job market paper, 4) all university transcripts, 5) copies of teaching evaluations, if available, and 6) up to three additional writing samples to https://adminsys.ndus.edu/psp/recruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=2922667&PostingSeq=1. All documents must be submitted in pdf format and electronic submission of application materials is required. Letters of reference will be requested from short-listed candidates after initial screening of applications. Questions may be directed to Dr. Jeremy Jackson, Chair of the Search Committee and Director of the PCPE Center, at jeremy.jackson@ndsu.edu. Screening will begin 12/16/20


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.
North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made Livability.com’s top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


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As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran’s Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. in economics or related field by date of appointment;
desire and ability to support the missions of the Challey Institute and PCPE;
ability to publish high impact research in quality academic journals;
ability to engage in effective teaching;
a policy-focused research agenda in public choice and public finance;
effective oral communication skills;
effective written communication skills;
ability to develop/lead extracurricular educational programs, e.g. reading groups and seminars.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to contribute to the teaching of a proposed Ph.D. core curriculum (Micro, Macro, or Econometrics);
Working knowledge of at least one from: Public Choice Economics, New Institutional Economics, Austrian Economics;
record of high quality publications in the fields of public choice and public finance;
expertise in advanced applied methods;
experience developing/leading extracurricular educational programs, e.g. reading groups and seminars;
experience in state policy outreach and research;
evidence of teaching effectiveness;
demonstrated record of communicating research findings to diverse audiences;
demonstrated experience in pursuit of extramural funds and stakeholder engagement;

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