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ALFA Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair
Auburn University

Date Posted Jan. 8, 2020
Title ALFA Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date negotiable
  • Associate Professor
  • Economics
    Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (DAERS) at Auburn University is seeking a Full or Associate Professor for an Eminent Scholar position. The ALFA Eminent Scholar endowment supports:

1) Continuing and enhancing an outstanding scholarly research record
2) Teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs
3) Providing leadership in a specific research area(s) in partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, state, national, and international organizations and stakeholders.

The chair will help strengthen and enhance the farm and agribusiness management (marketing, production, and finance) program, and/or agriculture policy (farm, domestic ag., trade policies, ag law) program and through leadership, serve as a positive role model for colleagues and students.
The ALFA Eminent Scholar Chair is a nine-month, teaching and research appointment with expectations for summer funding. The titled professorship has a five-year renewable term with tenure in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is student achievement centric
  • Demonstrates research, teaching, and service /outreach excellence
  • Has experience with authoring nationally and internationally recognized books and scholarly journal publications
  • Is adept at securing extramural research funding
  • Has strong research and teaching skills
  • Engages effectively with stakeholders: Agricultural producers, industry, non-profit organizations, and organizations formulating food and agriculture policies
  • Is equally comfortable with campus and off campus constituencies

Ph.D. in agricultural economics or related field
Candidate must meet university and departmental standards for tenure and promotion at the Associate or Full Professor level
Meet United States work eligibility requirements at the time the appointment begins and throughout the term of employment

Application: Applicants must apply for this position by visiting the link: and attach the following: 1. Cover letter 2. Current curriculum vitae. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to supply copies of all academic transcripts and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three (3) professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business March 15, 2020. The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Daowei Zhang, Search Committee Chair, Email: .

The University: The University is a public land-grant institution organized into twelve academic colleges and schools. It is ranked 52nd among public universities in the U.S. News and World 2019 Report. For 2018, 24,628 undergraduates, 5,812 graduate, and professional students are enrolled. The University is nationally recognized for its academic excellence commitments and community engagement, its positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus.
Auburn maintains high research activity levels and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs.
Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. For details, visit the following link:

The Department: Discovering and transmitting socio-economic knowledge to Alabama and the world is DAERS’ mission. They achieve this through their teaching, research and extension programs in conjunction with other College of Agriculture departments, industry and organizations.
Their goal is enhancing agriculture’s economic and social impact locally, regionally, nationally and globally. To obtain this goal, students, faculty and alumni build robust communities and economies using business, law, public policy, trade, finance and through partnerships with all agricultural industry sectors. The Department has 13 full-time faculty, over 200 undergraduate students and 29 M.S. and Ph.D. students.
The Community: Auburn is recognized as one of America’s best small towns with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities or beach and mountain recreation. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama corridor. The combined Auburn-Opelika- area boasts a population of over 100,000 with an estimated 500,000 living within a thirty-mile radius. The city of Auburn is known for excellent public school systems and a local medical center acknowledged as among the best in the region.

  • Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

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