Associate Professor or Professor - Applied Social Sciences

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Job ID 24931
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

The Division of Applied Social Sciences is one of six academic units in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. The Division strives to educate, empower and engage the people who lead and work in our food and agriculture system and rural communities. Through research, teaching and extension, we progress our world by advancing sustainability, supporting decision-makers, shaping policy and sharing knowledge.

The Division invites applications for the Fred V. Heinkel Chair in Agriculture. The successful candidate will be a tenure-track associate professor or professor who will provide leadership for the Division's research, extension and teaching efforts that focus on enhancing rural economic development, improving local community viability, developing effective policies and studying issues from a local or regional analysis perspective.

There are a broad range of issues relevant to Missouri communities around which, based on his/her expertise, the successful candidate can build a research-based extension program. The Division is home to rural economy, policy and community-focused research and outreach programs that address critical needs and opportunities that arise throughout Missouri communities and rural areas, and they provide opportunities for collaboration. Such initiatives include community development extension; ExCEED, a program that specializes in community economic and entrepreneurial development; the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA); the division's informatics-driven group, the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES); the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI); and the local foods program. These programs and centers provide information and data, as well as provide planning, policy evaluation, public finance and training for leadership and capacity building on a range of issues. In addition there are opportunities to collaborate across campus on issues relevant to communities: public health, bio-energy, infrastructure, disaster preparedness, community resilience, etc.

We are seeking a candidate who will engage with the community and business development extension program and build effective working relationships with other centers and programs across campus and the state to create an integrated approach to support rural economic growth and community development. The selected candidate will have the capacity to form a vision that reflects rural economy and community needs; contribute to a plan that would execute the vision; and leverage internal and external resources to succeed in reaching the vision.

Other key responsibilities associated with this position will include the following:

  • Build an effective research program that aligns with issues that are important to the state, Division centers and extension programs that were listed earlier.
  • Facilitate and sustain effective working relationships with rural leaders, decision-makers, policymakers, regional and state agencies and the business community.
  • Lead teams and share expertise to assist local decision-makers using a range of analysis methods, such as, economic and fiscal impact analysis, regional analysis, spatial analysis, use of large data sets, GIS etc.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to assist rural communities and public and private organizations in making informed decisions to promote rural economic development and community sustainability.
  • Effectively teach in on- and off-campus environments.
  • Direct graduate student research and outreach projects.


The selected candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in agricultural or applied economics, regional science or a related social sciences discipline. The successful candidate will be appointed to the discipline within the division that most closely matches his or her background and qualifications. Despite being appointed to a discipline area, the selected candidate will be expected to collaborate within an interdisciplinary environment. He or she must have the capability to link scholarship work with extension and outreach efforts that extend past the University campus into local Missouri communities or regions.

The individual must have a strong scholarship record to earn tenure at a major land-grant university at the associate professor or professor level. He or she should also have experience in attracting external funding. Other desired qualifications include interpersonal skills, the ability to lead within an academic environment, work with interdisciplinary teams and the willingness to adapt as change arises.

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Start Date

Negotiable. September 1, 2018 is the target.


Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Application Materials

Please visit to submit an application. All applications must include a letter of interest in the position, current Curriculum Vitae, relevant scholarship-related work samples, contact information for three professional references, and other supporting materials. The finalist for the position will be required to provide official transcripts for graduate courses.

For More Information

Dr. Judith I. Stallmann

Chair, Search Committee

231 Gentry Hall

Columbia, MO 65211

[email protected]; 573-882-6455





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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