Assistant/Associate Professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is a land-grant university and Fort Collins is home to multiple research groups in state and federal agencies that offer opportunities for collaboration on a variety of issues. The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics has 20 tenure track faculty, 1 lecturer, 35 graduate students, and 480 undergraduate students within 3 majors (Agricultural Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and Agricultural Education). For more information about DARE, please visit

Colorado is home to a diverse agricultural, food, and natural resource land base. Colorado agriculture generates over $7 billion in revenues, with over two-thirds generated from the beef and dairy cattle industries. Colorado is one of the top 10 States by Organic sales in 2016 and has a vibrant food sector with numerous successful startups, a thriving natural foods industry, and other expanding industries such as craft brewing ($3 billion in sales). Additionally, over 43% of Colorado’s land resources are designated public land, which provides innovative approaches to managing plains and mountain ecosystems within agricultural, outdoor recreation, and tourism contexts.

DARE centers its research, teaching and outreach activities in defined areas of excellence: agricultural education, agribusiness management and finance, livestock systems, consumer choice and the economics of water, land and environment. We are dedicated to, and appreciated for, engaging stakeholders in high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, as well as the ability to effectively communicate findings to the public and peers. Excellence in teaching and mentoring students is created with thoughtful and innovative curricular design, emphasizing experiential learning where appropriate and fostering student achievement. We strive for a positive and collaborative environment in which stakeholders are highly valued and supported.

Position Summary

The candidate chosen for this position is expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program focused on agricultural business management. Possible expertise includes, but is not limited to, agricultural production systems, agricultural finance and risk management, industrial organization, supply-chain management, food marketing, consumer economics, and agricultural and food policy.

This is a research and teaching position. The successful candidate will also participate in outreach and engagement commensurate with his/her rank and experience. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and graduate courses. The candidate is expected to lead collaboration with other departments, and engage with government agencies, industry and other stakeholders. Evidence of successful scholarship and publication in peer-reviewed journals, the ability to attract extramural funding, and a successful history of graduate students’ mentorship appropriate to the individual’s rank are preferred.

Applicants for either rank are encouraged to apply. Each candidate will be evaluated on expectations commensurate with their professional career stage. The successful candidate will offer the most promising current and future contributions to the department, independent of rank.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Required

Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in agricultural economics, economics, or related field completed by start date.
  • Specialization and/or strong interest in developing research and teaching programs in a topic area related to agricultural business management.
  • Evidence of research productivity, commensurate to rank.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability and/or interest in teaching and advising in a topic area relevant to agricultural business management at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated ability and/or commitment to pursue contract and grant funding, including support to graduate students.
  • Evidence of, or interest to engage in, outreach activities.
  • Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 pm (MT) on December 11, 2017. Applications must be submitted online. This position is open until filled. To apply, please submit the following items: (1) a letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) one-page statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching performance (if available), (4) job market paper or published writing sample, (5) contact information for three references who may be contacted to upload a letter of recommendation at a future date for candidates chosen as semi-finalists.

References will not be contacted prior to notification of candidates.

Interviews of semi-finalists will take place at the ASSA meetings in Philadelphia, PA, January 5-7, 2018.

Questions about the position should be directed to chair of the search committee, Dana Hoag, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University,, or 970-491-5549.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Dana Hoag;

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teach 2-3 graduate or undergraduate courses per year

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Win grants, publish articles, provide outreach on research

Percentage Of Time 55 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

Assist department, college, university, stakeholders and profession with expert counsel, review, education, and committees