Assistant Extension Professor

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Job Title: Assistant Extension Professor
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 29023
Job Description

The Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, seeks to recruit a faculty member with experience and interest in regional or community economic development. The incumbent will engage with MU’s community and business development extension program and build effective working relationships with others across campus and the state to help support an integrated approach to community economic development in Missouri. There are a broad range of issues relevant to Missouri communities around which, based on his/her expertise, the successful candidate can contribute to research-based extension and applied research efforts, e.g., community economic resiliency or vitality, regional wealth creation strategies, value-added agriculture, entrepreneurship, local and regional food systems.

This is a non-tenure track position anticipated to be 60% extension, 20% research and 20% service in effort. Assignments are subject to annual negotiation between the faculty member and leadership.

Duties of the position: The incumbent will:

    Contribute to a high-impact applied research program that supports issues of importance to Missouri, MU Extension, and CAFNRLink scholarship with nationally recognized extension programs, extending past the University campus into Missouri communities or regionsConduct economic and fiscal impact analysis studiesSecure external funding to support applied researchPublish in appropriate peer-reviewed scientific journals and extension outlets and present at appropriate regional and national meetingsAdvise graduate studentsParticipate in public, professional, and internal service activities

A successful candidate’s extension programing efforts could include:

    Fostering regionally led strategies to promote community economic developmentMeasuring the economic implications of policy decisions and industry changeExamining economic links between urban and rural communities and the spillover effects of economic changeCommunity economic program development, planning, implementation, and evaluationProviding professional capacity building for County Engagement Specialists and others Directing student research and outreach projects
Qualifications The Assistant Extension Professor should hold a PhD degree in agricultural or applied economics, regional science/regional planning, or a closely related social sciences discipline. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated interest and expertise in conducting research and outreach on topics related to community economic development within a North American context.

Published peer-reviewed journal articles, grantsmanship, and a demonstrated interest in Extension is preferred, but not required. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Stata, IMPLAN, and GIS is also preferred.

Application Materials

Applications should include: A letter of interest, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial), and the names and contact information of three references. Start date is negotiable but not later than September 1, 2019. Official transcripts will be required for any candidate who is offered the position. Questions regarding the position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair.

Apply online at


Sarah A. Low, Search Committee Chair
Associate Professor of Regional Economics
208 Mumford Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
[email protected]

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

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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. 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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Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.




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Posted: 1/29/2019
Application Due: 4/29/2019
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