Assistant Professor-Tenure System

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Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The College of Social Science at Michigan State University seeks to hire a tenure system Assistant Professor with research experience in the general area of transportation and energy production systems in coastal areas. Candidates working on transportation/energy topics related to the Great Lakes are particularly desirable. The position is part of a cluster of new hiring within the College of Social Science, led by the Geography department, to foster collaborative research to address future challenges along coastal environments. The tenure home for the position is open for either the Department of Economics or the School of Planning, Design and Construction (under the Urban and Regional Planning Program). The successful applicant could specialize in Environmental/Energy Economics, Transportation Economics, the Economics of Urban Planning and Development, or related economic field - or Planning for Coastal Communities & Resiliency, Water Transportation Systems, and related disciplines. The successful applicant will teach courses in the home department and potentially across departments. Applicants should be committed to teaching and research of the highest quality. We seek diverse, talented individuals who use modern tools of social science analysis. Expected start date is August 16, 2019.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. MSU is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at  


MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities and individuals from other underrepresented groups that can diversify the impact of social science research across the mission of the college.


Required Degree

Doctorate -Economics or Urban and Regional Planning

Minimum Requirements

An appropriate doctorate's degree is required and is expected to be conferred by no later than the start date of 8/16/2019.  A successful candidate will be expected to have a well-defined research agenda and a strategy for external funding, as well as demonstrated teaching effectiveness or excellence.

Desired Qualifications

For candidates beyond the PhD, a well-established record of sponsored research and/or a record of obtaining grant funding will be preferred.

Required Application Materials

CV, writing sample, cover letter addressing research and teaching, and a statement addressing diversity and inclusion (candidates may wish to address how they engage diversity in teaching/learning, mentoring, service, professional activities, and research if applicable).

Special Instructions

For full consideration, application materials should be received by November 16, 2018.  Apply at  (go to for instructions on applying).  In addition, arrange to have three letters of reference emailed to [email protected] with your full name in the subject field. Candidates beyond the PhD should only have letters of recommendation sent if solicited.  Any questions concerning the position can also be sent to that same email address.

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Department Statement

The mission of the Department of Economics at Michigan State University consists of three interrelated components: providing the highest quality instruction to our undergraduate and graduate students, conducting leading-edge research in economics, and providing leadership and service to our professional communities. As a unit in a major land-grant university, we are committed to excel in all three components of our mission.

The School of Planning, Design and Construction is leading the integration of planning, design and construction to create a sustainable built and natural environment that enriches communities, economic and family life, through leadership, entrepreneurial creativity, social responsibility, cultural relevance and environmentally sustainable planning and policy. Please refer to the School’s homepage available at:

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.




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Posted: 9/14/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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