Faculty Position in Agricultural Business

The Harold Walter Siebens School of Business at Buena Vista University (BVU) seeks a dynamic teacher who is committed to excellence in undergraduate agricultural business education. The successful candidate will teach a variety of courses within the Agricultural Business bachelor’s degree program and may include courses such as: Introduction to Agricultural Business, Farm Business Management, Agri-Business Management, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Production and Operations Management, and Introduction to Ag Commodity Markets; in addition to assisting with coursework within the business core curriculum and general education program. This position will serve as lead faculty in the Agricultural Business program, working collaboratively to develop and guide the program.

The major is designed to grow agricultural professions who possess strong analytical, interpersonal, and professional skill sets grounded in a comprehensive understanding of agricultural business. The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning through opportunities such as internships, practicums, seminars, attendance at professional conferences, and partnering with faculty on research. Additional hands-on experience can be gained through engaging with the Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and the BVU Agriculture Experiment Station.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Teach 12 credit hours per fall and spring semesters
  • Develop an innovative curriculum to grow key skills and knowledge sets in our students
  • Work to incorporate experiential learning opportunities into the student experience
  • Practice quality interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Function independently and work effectively as a team member
  • Possess ability and willingness to work with diverse populations
  • Supervise, mentor, and advise students and student organizations
  • Remain active and current in the field through professional development activities
  • Be responsible for University service such as committee work and participation in departmental projects
  • Assist in recruitment of students to the University
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, or a closely related field (non-tenure track)
  • Knowledge of US Ag production systems
  • Ability to teach, advise, and guide the professional development of students.
  • Ability to build connections with professionals in industry.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in Agricultural Economics or Agribusiness (tenure track, or non-tenure track, depending on candidate’s qualifications and interests)
  • 18 credits of Economics coursework at the graduate level.
  • International Ag Business Awareness
  • Experience teaching at the post-secondary/university level
  • Experience teaching courses in face-to-face and online settings
  • Relevant professional experience

The Harold Walter Siebens Forum and the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business recently underwent a $15.1 million-dollar renovation project to include new classroom space and technology, trading lab, and refreshed office, gathering and dining spaces.  The Harold Walter Siebens School of Business is an endowed school whose generous donors make it possible to support excellent value-added learning and professional development opportunities for students and faculty.   

This position is not eligible for an employer-sponsored visa and all applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

To Apply

To apply, submit your letter of application, graduate school transcripts (photocopies acceptable with application; official copies will be required for appointment), teaching philosophy statement, current vita, and at least four professional references (including title, address, e-mail address and telephone number). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with the priority deadline for submission of applications being January 15, 2021 for an August 2021 start date.

A background check will be conducted on the final candidate.  Buena Vista University is an EOE/ADA/Smoke-Free Employer, and especially welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to any aspect of the university’s diversity.

Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University is located on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in Northwest Iowa. Since 1891, we have prepared students for lifelong success and blended liberal arts with real-world applications. BVU expands access to a quality education by empowering the people who propel Iowa forward in order to power rural vitality and personal prosperity. We foster an environment based on success both for our students and our employees, and we strive to build and support a diverse community. BVU firmly stands behind our motto, Education for Service, and was recently awarded the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

In Storm Lake you will find impressive amenities perfect for families, students, young professionals, and retirees alike. Residents and visitors enjoy an energetic downtown that is home to a variety of locally-owned retail stores that complement several national chains. There is an array of shopping, dining, and professional services, as well as a vibrant arts and multicultural environment. We are a diverse community in both population and opportunity. Most important, Storm Lake residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living and a high quality of life. Learn more at BVU.edu/StormLake.

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