Associate Professor/Professor of the Economics of Producer-Owned Organizations

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Job Title: Associate Professor/Professor of the Economics of Producer-Owned Organizations
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 33137
Job Description

The Division of Applied Social Sciences seeks applications and nominations for a tenured appointment at the level of either associate or full professor to support its research and extension program related to alternative organizational forms in the emphasis area of organizational economics, specifically cooperatives. Detailed areas of research to be conducted include corporate governance, management, finance, value chain coordination, farmer-owner needs and the interaction of these areas with cooperative performance and public policy implications.

The successful candidate will be expected to actively engage with cooperatives, such as Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership and Missouri Institute of Cooperatives. The Division already has two faculty members supporting research, teaching, and outreach related to cooperatives. This position adds to the Division’s capacity to serve agricultural cooperatives. Industry has been instrumental in supporting the University of Missouri’s Cooperative program efforts. Cooperative industry partners have provided funding to support the start-up of this new position.

Primary responsibilities of the position include:

  • conducting research that successfully leads to outputs in appropriate journals, proceedings, and conference presentations;
  • using this research to inform the delivery of knowledge through executive education programs;
  • engaging with farmer-owners of cooperatives;
  • participating in public, professional, and internal service activities;
  • provide guidance and advisement to graduate student research;
  • collaborate within an interdisciplinary environment;
  • link scholarship work with extension and engagement efforts that extend past the University campus to national leaders, policy makers and opinion leaders.

This is a nine-month appointment with a distribution effort of 60% research, 30% extension and 10% service.

Qualifications Minimum Qualifications: A PhD (or equivalent) in agricultural or applied economics, economics, business administration, law or a related social sciences discipline at the time of the application.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • a history with a strong background in cooperative leadership or alternative organizational forms;
  • a level of grantsmanship that is reflects high productivity to the applicant’s career stage;
  • executive educational experience;
  • the ability to lead an academic environment;
  • a strong record of impactful peer reviewed publications;
  • worked in a cooperative or producer-owned firm;
  • experience with engaging an extension audience.
Application Materials Application Procedure

Please visit (job id 33137) 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.

Start Date: September 1, 2020, however it is negotiable.

Salary: Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Dr. Patrick Westhoff

Chair, Search Committee

200 Mumford Hall

Columbia, MO 65211

[email protected]; 573-882-4647

Screening of applications will begin on upon the position’s posting and will continue for 30 days or until the position is filled.

Other Information

The Division of Applied Social Sciences is part of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. The division's purpose is to develop and empower decision makers who can manage the global food and natural resource systems and lead rural communities. The mission is to be the leading institution in outreach-driven education and research that integrates science-based information into public and private decision making.

MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources strongly endorses the principles embodied in MU’s values statement – respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence In that context we seek to recruit and retain outstanding scholars who are:

    Committed to blending service with scholarshipLeadersGood colleagues who will collaborate with others from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.

Flexible and adaptable in an era of rapid change

The University of Missouri is one of only 31 public universities that has membership in the Association of American Universities and is designated a “Doctoral R1” institution by the Carnegie Foundation. The University is located in Columbia, Missouri, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state, population 178,000 in 2017.

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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Posted: 2/22/2020
Application Due: 10/16/2020
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