Friday, 03 May 2013 15:56

JOB Position | Associate or Assistant Professor - Regional Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia

Position Description

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (DASS/CAFNR) and the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs (TSPA), University of Missouri-Columbia announce a faculty position in Regional Economics.


We seek applicants working in the modeling, integration, and assessment of regional economies to inform public and private decision-making. Applicants’ substantive training and expertise may be in any discipline relevant to regional economics, including applied or agricultural economics, public policy, state and local public finance or similar fields. Applicants should have a strong scholarly record in spatial econometrics and regional analysis. Dynamic simulation modeling methods for regional analysis is desirable. The successful candidate will have a strong record of applied research and working collaboratively across policy areas as they affect regions, ie, policies and their impacts on regions, regional governance, state and local public finance, infrastructure and the built environment, agriculture, environment and natural resources, food security, and public health, as examples.


This position is a joint appointment between the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in DASS/CAFNR and the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. Tenure home will be in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. The two units have a long history of collaboration and share several joint appointments.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take increasing leadership roles in applied research in the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) and the Community Policy Analysis Center (CPAC). In addition, the candidate may wish to participate in centers that comprise the DASS Informatics Core (eg, the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) and the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA)) and/or in a multidisciplinary modeling working group that reaches across the MU campus.


The successful candidate will:
1) Build a strong applied research program consistent with the missions of DASS/CAFNR and TSPA,
2) Develop a research program that attracts extramural funding,
3) Mentor and supervise doctoral and master’s students,
4) Develop and teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels (according to demand) that include spatial econometrics or dynamic simulation and regional policy and analysis, and
5) Collaborate with multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary colleagues to address societal problems mthat require sophisticated theoretical and empirical approaches.


The successful candidate must have a strong scholarly record using:
1) Economic theories as the basis of quantitative models of economic and regional processes,
2) Spatial statistics and econometrics to study cross-sectional patterns and relationships among economic, social and policy phenomena or system dynamics to simulate and study dynamic economic, social and policy processes, and
3) Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary collaborations to address societal problems requiring sophisticated theoretical and empirical approaches.
The position will be filled at the Associate (preferred) or Assistant Professor level. A PhD in a relevant discipline or interdisciplinary program is required. There is particular interest in candidates who will contribute to the development of greater understanding among students, faculty and the general public about the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change.


The University of Missouri-Columbia is one of only thirty-one public universities that hold both membership in the Association of American Universities and the Carnegie Foundation’s Research 1 designation. The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer.


Application Procedure
Applicants should provide: An application letter highlighting key areas of strength in the applicant’s background and summarizing the fit of applicant with the position, A current CV, Contact information for at least four professional references, Examples of scholarly work (eg, publications, papers presented at professional meetings, etc.), and If applicable, experience related to teaching (eg, courses taught, statement of teaching philosophy, summary of student evaluations, etc.).


Please visit to submit an application. Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Dr. Judith Stallmann
Chair, Regional Economics Search Committee
231 Gentry Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
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The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources strongly endorses principles embodied in MU’s values statement ( - respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence. In that context we seek to recruit and retain outstanding scholars who are: 1) committed to blending service with scholarship, 2) leaders, 3) good colleagues who will collaborate with others from diverse disciplines and backgrounds and, 4) flexible and adaptable in an era of rapid change.


Screening of applications will begin May 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Official transcripts will be required for any candidate who is offered the position. The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To request ADA accommodations, please contact our ADA coordinator.

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