Primary Purpose of Position
The Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education is seeking candidates for a 9-month, tenure track position of Assistant or Associate Professor in Applied Economics, with a promising record of applied economic research in agricultural, food, resource, or environmental economics. The faculty member will be responsible for developing and delivering course content in agribusiness and/or applied economics with primary emphasis in data science and analytics (Big Data), statistical/econometric and computational methods, demonstrated Python, Stata, R, and/or SAS programming experience as well as developing a quality academic research program with a promising refereed publication record. Prospective candidates are also expected to assist with the leadership of the Department’s Analytical Survey Laboratory, to provide knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods with applications of Big Data analytics, and to provide analytic expertise to expand the Department’s research portfolio. Excellence in teaching and curriculum development is required with strong consideration of first-generation and diverse student populations. Continuous service involvement with the profession, Department, College, University, and Community are also expected.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is ranked #1 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) at NC A&T is the largest college of Agriculture among HBCUs and top producer of African Americans with degrees in Agriculture and second national supplier of minority admits in Veterinary Medicine. CAES has a rich history of innovation and application of cutting-edge technology across its four academic departments: Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education; Department of Animal Sciences; Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design. Within these departments, students are offered a myriad of opportunities for classroom learning, research and field work. In addition, the college’s research and experiential learning are strengthened by non-academic units, including the University farm and the center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at the North Carolina Research campus. Through its Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension Programs, CAES conducts research on issues of national importance and provide research-based extension training and services to citizens, communities and industry partners across the state of North Carolina.
The Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education currently enrolls over 220 students with 10 core faculty, 4 affiliated graduate faculty members, and 5 part-time instructors. The Department offers two undergraduate degrees, a B.S. in Agricultural and Environmental Systems (Agribusiness and Food Industry Management) and a B.S. in Agricultural Education with two concentration areas in Agricultural Professional Service and Secondary Education. The BS in Agricultural Education has been nationally recognized as 2nd in the nation for affordable online programs by AffordableSchools.net and is one of the earliest integrators of educational technologies. The Department also offers a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Systems (Agribusiness and Food Industry Management) and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education with two concentration areas in Professional Licensure and Professional Service. The Department is also uniquely positioned to facilitate research and outreach programming through its international agricultural education and outreach programming, which has sent several faculty, students, and staff abroad to countries such as Canada, Belize, China and Africa through USDA sponsored projects. The Department also houses an International Trade Center and an Applied Survey Laboratory, which facilitate research and outreach activities for small businesses and small farm operations throughout the state of North Carolina and qualitative and quantitative research analyses, respectively. Ultimately, we seek applicants to contribute to the fulfillment of the Department’s vision, which is to uphold the land-grant mission by preparing North Carolinians and the greater global community with an education in agribusiness, applied economics, and agricultural education, a capacity to conduct and/or interpret interdisciplinary research involving agricultural and social sciences, and an ability to engage, build, and strengthen farming/rural and urban communities.
All candidates must hold a Ph.D. in agricultural/applied economics, economics, agribusiness, or a related field by the time of appointment.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
Candidates must show accomplishments in quantitative methods and the potential for building a strong research and teaching program in business data analytics.