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Assistant Professor - Water Resource Economics

Clemson University
Water Resouces Center, Pendleton SC

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Assistant Professor - Water Resource Economics

Water Resouces Center, Pendleton SC
Open Date:
Jul 18, 2022

Assistant Professor


Water Resource Economics

(75% Research and 25% Extension)

Clemson University, Clemson SC


The Department of Agricultural Sciences located within Clemson’s University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS), is seeking to fill a 12-month tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level with a specialization in Water Resource Economics.  The appointment is a 75% Research and 25% Extension position stationed at the South Carolina Water Resources Center, four miles from Clemson’s main campus. The preferred candidate will have strong training in non-market water valuation techniques, agricultural consumptive use valuation techniques, and the economics of agricultural versus non-agricultural water use tradeoffs. 


The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized, innovative, and externally funded research program in water resource economics.  The candidate will conduct research, advise graduate students, and provide leadership for agricultural economics and water resources policy outreach and education efforts to stakeholders. The candidate is expected to provide leadership in assessment of the effectiveness of agricultural and river basin water-use policies. Specifically, the candidate is expected to contribute to interdisciplinary research efforts designed to develop efficient economic water use policies to allocate water among competing uses. The desired major focus of the outreach education component is providing economic and policy recommendations to inform users on the value of alternative irrigation practices (technology and crops), and net benefit of alternative water allocations.


The candidate will have opportunities to engage and interact with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, SC Water Resources Center, CAFLS, the Clemson Extension Service, and clientele groups to quantify the net economic benefit to South Carolina resulting from efficient water resource use for recreation, residential use, food production, and industrial use. Familiarity with basic hydrologic models, regional economic growth models, and water quality models are strong assets. The individual in the position is encouraged to work on both disciplinary and applied interdisciplinary water research issues.  Applied research topics will likely include private and public utilization, economic risk of drought/climate change, commodity-based economics of irrigation, food-energy-water (FEW) nexus assessment in agriculture and water resources, and mitigating water shortages in multiple risk environments among competing users.


The extension component will involve 1) disseminating applied research findings regarding the benefits and costs of efficient water policy in a timely manner to Extension audiences, and 2) developing a recognized Extension program in agricultural economics and water resources policy that provides best practices (developed from research) to farmers, Clemson Extension personnel, regulatory agencies, and other end users. Of added importance is the desire to work with interdisciplinary groups across campus in agriculture and engineering to pursue larger funding initiatives that address grand challenges in the FEW nexus, sustainable agriculture, and water resources systems.


The Department of Agricultural Sciences has graduate and undergraduate programs in Agricultural Education, Agricultural Mechanization, Agribusiness, and Applied Economics and Statistics.  The undergraduate Agribusiness program has 160 students and the Applied Economics and Statistics program has 10 MS students. The Agribusiness program has eight faculty and one lecturer. The selected individual will have the opportunity to mentor graduate Applied Economics graduate students, in addition to work with MS and Ph.D. students in other agricultural disciplines and the engineering sciences.


Clemson University has the highest Carnegie research designation (R1), and recently completed its Clemson Forward plan with strategic focus on advancing our doctoral programs and strengthening our research and scholarly impact while still preserving the outstanding signature undergraduate experience that is at the heart of Clemson. Clemson Forward has at its core the mission of being a model for the 21st Century land grant university. South Carolina’s highest-ranked national university is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by Lake Hartwell and the Clemson Experimental Forest.  The 1,400-acre campus is part of the 18,000 acres of University Farms and Forests devoted to teaching and research. A top-25 public university with a reputation for excellence, Clemson University provides a hands-on education - in the lab, in the classroom, and in the field. Academic programs lay the groundwork for innovative research, and real-world experiences carry forward to rewarding careers. This strikingly beautiful campus enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate.


Required qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in Agricultural or Applied Economics, Agribusiness, Economics, Natural Resources and Water Resource Policy or a closely related field is expected at the time of employment. The selected candidate must have strong knowledge of policy 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 demonstrated excellence (and/or dedicated interest) in applied research and dissemination to a broad audience. Experience working as an active member in multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary research teams is also preferred.

Application Instructions:

Application Procedure:

Please submit:

(1) a letter of interest with applicant’s contact information;

(2) contact information for three references;

(3) a one-page research and extension philosophy and a one-page research plan;

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

(5) a curriculum vitae.

Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process. All application materials should be submitted via the Clemson Interfolio link:

Application-Interview Timeline: This position will remain open until filled. Formal review of applications will begin on September 1, 2022. The search committee anticipates preliminary online interviews taking place in September 2022 and on-campus interviews for finalists occurring in October 2022. Start date is negotiable.

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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