College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Department of Agricultural Economics Assistant/Associate Professor

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible. UWRF's 6,700 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu. More information about the Agricultural Economics Department is available at http://www.uwrf.edu/AGEC/index.cfm.

The Position:

The University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in the Agricultural Economics Department. Strong interest in and ability to teach undergraduates in one or more of the following areas: farm business management, agricultural finance, agricultural risk management, and/or agricultural marketing. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, with a standard teaching load of 12 credit hours per semester. The successful candidate will be supervised by the chair of UWRF's Agricultural Economics Department. Compensation commensurate with qualifications, including education and experience.

Job Environment:

There are over 160 Agricultural Business majors in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The department currently has five full-time faculty. The department is one of five within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, which has a total enrollment of over 1,300 undergraduate students.

Specific Responsibilities:

Teaching Duties 100%

  • Teach undergraduate courses in agricultural business/economics based on the successful candidate's educational background and departmental needs.
  • The standard teaching load is 12 credits per semester (4 courses).
  • New curricular initiatives may include development of undergraduate, graduate, and/or on-line courses.
  • Serve as academic advisor for students.
  • Serve as an advisor for co-curricular activities such as student clubs/organizations, internships, and student research projects.
  • Engage in program-related applied research and scholarly activities.
  • Participate in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college, and university levels.
  • Perform community service where academic expertise can be shared.

Qualifications Required:

  • Education: Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics or a related area is required at the start of the tenure process. Applicants who have finished course work and are still working on their dissertation may be considered for conditional appointment and must complete their Ph.D. within two years of the date of appointment.
  • Strong interest in and ability to teach undergraduates in one or more of the following areas: farm business management, agricultural finance, agricultural risk management, and/or agricultural marketing.
  • Strong interest in and ability to provide academic advising to undergraduate students
  • Interest in and ability to advise co-curricular activities such as student clubs/organizations, internships,and/or undergraduate research.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University's commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures,backgrounds, and identities.

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Documented evidence of successful teaching at the college level.
  • Experience with agriculture in the U.S. or a comparable setting.

 

To Apply:

Online applications are required at: https://jobs.uwrf.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/

Electronically submit the following 6 documents (in the appropriate drop box):

1. a letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (Cover letter),

2. a curriculum vitae (Resume)

3. unofficial transcripts - official copies of transcripts will be required if hired (Unofficial Transcript).

4. A three-part statement, not to exceed 3 pages, covering a) your teaching interest, ability and experience in classroom b) your agriculture/agribusiness experience, and c) your applied research and scholarly activity agenda. (Other Document)

5. ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures,backgrounds, and identities (Diversity Statement).

6. the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references who can specifically comment on your experience and professional preparation (References). 

Materials NOT submitted electronically cannot be considered.


Inquiries should be addressed to:

Dr. Todd Hubbs

Search Committee Chair and Assistant Professor

Agricultural Economics Department

todd.hubbs@uwrf.edu

 

Deadline to Apply: 

Review of Applications will begin on November 30, 2012. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by this date. Materials NOT submitted electronically cannot be considered.

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.  

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