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Department Head - Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
University of Idaho

Date Posted Jun. 11, 2018
Title Department Head - Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
University University of Idaho
Department Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Moscow, ID
    United States
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Economics

University of Idaho

Department Head - Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: Commensurate with Market and Experience plus a 10% Stipend

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The AERS Department Head will lead a diverse and vibrant faculty that conducts integrated and comprehensive research, teaching, Extension and outreach programs to support a resilient agricultural economy and rural communities. This position will be responsible for guiding the growth and quality of AERS's academic programs, research and scholarly activities, external funding through competitive grants and development, and delivery of exceptional Extension programming across Idaho. The Department Head will lead the effort to further advance national and international recognition of AERS's innovative interdisciplinary programs.

AERS currently has 17 tenure-track faculty and 2 non-tenure track faculty, located primarily on the University of Idaho main campus in Moscow, as well as on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, and in Montpelier. AERS faculty have research and Extension programs that address critical and complex issues in agriculture, environment and natural resources, and regional and community development relevant to the state and beyond, often in interdisciplinary partnerships and with stakeholders.

The academic programs of the department include a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, with emphasis areas in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. A growing enrollment of over 125 full time undergraduate students includes classroom and many experiential learning opportunities and a strong industry-student connection. The new and unique Agricultural Commodity Risk Management program, in collaboration with the Barker Capital Management and Trading Program in the College of Business and Economics, gives students experience trading agricultural commodities and managing margins using real money portfolios. AERS also has a nationally recognized M.S. in Applied Economics, with a successful record of graduate placement in industry and distinguished PhD programs.

This is an Academic Year appointment and Summer Salary will be provided.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics or closely related field.

Qualifications to meet tenure at the rank of Professor in the department.

Nationally recognized research record.

Excellence in teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students.

Demonstrated leadership experience and administrative skills.

Experience within an institution of higher education or a research institute.

Preferred Qualifications:

Fiscal management skills, such as experience in administering grant or departmental budgets.

Experience in human resource management, and compliance with university policies pertaining to hiring of faculty and staff.

Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse groups, including both internal and external stakeholders.

Evidence of commitment to diversity and success in building an organizational culture and environment of team building, mutual respect and support.

Significant record of success in obtaining extramural funding from nationally competitive research programs, private industry or other donors.

Experience in a land-grant university.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Posting Number: F000697P

Posting Date: 06/06/2018

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

Review of application materials will begin August 31, 2018 and continue until a suitable applicant pool is identified. All applications submitted prior to August 31, 2018 will be given first consideration.

Along with your on-line application, write a letter of qualification addressing how you meet each of the minimum and preferred qualifications listed.

In addition, your application materials must include a CV, names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and your research/teaching philosophy.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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