Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics (Agriculture Marketing, Agribusiness, Production)

Mississippi State University in Mississippi

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 5, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Economics: Candidates are sought to provide aggressive leadership in the development and implementation of a nationally recognized Extension education, information and outreach program pertaining to agricultural marketing, agribusiness management, and/or production economics. The objective is to provide producers, professional farm managers, agribusiness professionals, and policy makers with objective, research-based information on the economic and non-economic impacts of agricultural markets, risk management applications and tools, and policy implications on the profitability of various business enterprises. The successful candidate will develop and assist in developing educational and applied research programs related to agricultural marketing, risk management, and/or production possibilities related to specialty crops and value added products. S/he will be expected to actively engage with subject matter specialists from other disciplines to appropriately develop an effective applied research and extension program. Experience with entrepreneurship and policy programs related to specialty crops is desirable but not required. Teaching responsibilities would relate to the above subject areas. Extension faculty members are expected to successfully seek external funding to help support their programs. Significant scholarly output including articles in peer-reviewed journals, extension and experiment publications, departmental and college newsletter articles, Situation and Outlook reports, and popular press publications are expected. S/he will work with faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics, especially those working in agricultural marketing and agribusiness, risk management, direct farm marketing, and budgeting. Further, the candidate will be expected to offer workshop and county/state/regional educational presentations as well as cooperating with Extension communication specialists to contribute content for mass media programs. This is a 12-month, 85% Extension, 15% teaching tenured track appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Qualifications: A Ph.D. in agricultural economics or economics with specific training in agricultural marketing, agribusiness management, production economics, farm management, and/or related topics. The successful candidate will have a practical knowledge of U.S. and global agriculture, enabling her/him to work with public and private entities and agricultural producers in Mississippi. Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills are required for the position. Experience with Extension education is desirable, but not required. Candidates who are ABD will be considered. Salary and Benefits: Highly Competitive. Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college and university work, and have three professional letters of reference sent to: Mrs. Debra Price, Department of Agricultural Economics, Box 5187, Mississippi State, MS 39762 (or by email to Price@agecon.msstate.edu). Applicants must complete the Personal Data Information form found at http://www.jobs.msstate.edu. (Search postings for PARF# 7880). For more information about this position and the Department of Agricultural Economics contact Steve Turner (turner@agecon.msstate.edu, 662-325-2049) or visit the departmental website (link). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with initial screening and interview arrangements to begin on October 15, 2014. Mississippi State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.