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Assistant Professor of Agribusiness

Clemson University
Columbia, SC

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Assistant Professor of Agribusiness

Columbia, SC
Open Date:
Jul 20, 2022

Assistant Professor of Agribusiness

100% Research


Department of Agricultural Sciences

Clemson University, Clemson, SC



The Department of Agricultural Sciences (AS) in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS) at Clemson University is seeking to fill a 9-month, tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. The position is a 100% Research appointment focused on fruit and vegetable marketing and production. The preferred candidate will have experience in specialty crop marketing and production economics. Strong applied econometric skills are also desirable. Clemson University is an R1 Land Grant university and U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Clemson University among the nation’s top 25 public universities.


Clemson’s Agribusiness program is housed in the Department of Agricultural Sciences and was established in 2013 and has grown rapidly in nine years. The Agribusiness program consists of 8 faculty, 1 lecturer, and approximately 160 undergraduate students ( The Agribusiness program recently re-established a Master of Science degree in Applied Economics and Statistics that currently has 10 students and expects to annually enroll 8-10 students. 


The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized, innovative, and extramurally funded research program in fruit and vegetable marketing and production.  Research responsibilities should focus on issues important to the fruit and vegetable industry including but not limited to block chain, market channels, consumer demand, and technology use within the production, marketing, packing, and grading of products. The successful candidate will collaborate with other faculty in the AS department, CAFLS departments, and faculty housed in Clemson’s off-campus Research and Education Centers to promote the South Carolina agricultural economy. The successful candidate will also work with stakeholders and commodity/industry groups in South Carolina, the region, and around the country to identify areas of importance to stakeholders. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings through publication in peer-reviewed journal articles, and active participation in training and mentoring graduate students. Additional responsibilities include communicating findings effectively with stakeholders and serving on department, college, and university academic committees, and professional committees. 


The position is located at Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center (REC) in Columbia, South Carolina, a two hour drive from the main campus.  The Sandhill REC is a 600-acre tract of land centrally located in the state near major fruit and vegetable production. (  The Center is an integral part of Clemson University’s Public Service and Agriculture programs including agricultural, wildlife and forestry research and demonstrations, Agribusiness Extension, an incubator farm program, the Sandhill Farmers Market, and the Richland County Cooperative Extension Service office.  The Sandhill REC is home to the Agribusiness Center that conducts applied research and Extension programming related to production economics, marketing, policy and farm management for major crops and value-added ventures. 




Required qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Economics, or closely related field with a strong focus in agribusiness is expected at the time of employment. The selected candidate must have knowledge of marketing and production issues confronting the agricultural economy and possess the interest and ability to be responsive to grower and stakeholder needs. Excellent written and verbal communication is required.


Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with documented ability to secure external funding to support an active research program, a record of high-quality peer-reviewed journal publications, and a dedicated interest (and/or demonstrated excellence) in applied research and dissemination. Experience in working as an active member in multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary research settings is also preferred.

Application Instructions:

Please submit via Interfolio (

(1) a one-page letter of interest;

(2) Curriculum Vitae;

(3) a one-page research plan;

(4) an unofficial transcript from all degree-granting institutions (BS, MS, Ph.D.);

(5) contact information for three references.

Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process. 


For full consideration, please apply by September 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin on the full consideration date and continue until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is January 2, 2023. 


If you need any additional information, please contact: Dr. Nathan Smith, Chair

Agribusiness Faculty Search Committee,, (803) 788-5700.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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