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Chairperson and James E. and Constance Paul Distinguished Professor

East Carolina University

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Job Title:

Chairperson and James E. and Constance Paul Distinguished Professor

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Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

AAH Economics

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Academic Affairs

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Professor and Chair

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Chairperson and James E. and Constance Paul Distinguished Professor

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Full Time

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Commensurate with Qualifications

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Faculty (Teaching)

Organizational Unit Overview:

The Department of Economics is one of sixteen departments in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University. The department has a diverse group of 16 faculty members and offers BS and BA degrees in Economics, an MS in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics, and actively supports a concentration in Coastal Economics and Policy within ECU’s interdisciplinary Integrated Coastal Sciences doctoral program. The department offers a collegial and supportive work environment for faculty with varied interests and research agendas.

The Department of Economics is committed to producing excellent research in all fields of economics as well as contributing economics insights and methods to inter-disciplinary research. Faculty members collaborate with researchers across the campus community, including the Water Resources Center (, the Center for Natural Hazards Research (, and the Center for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering ( In addition, ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs ( and the facilities of the university’s Outer Banks Campus near Manteo, NC ( offer unique opportunities for research, instruction and outreach beyond ECU’s Greenville, NC campus. Faculty are actively engaged in research as evidenced by their robust publication records in well-respected journals and grants from a variety of funding organizations.

East Carolina University (, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and enrolls around 29,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 95,000 with a metropolitan population of over 170,000), which lies 90 miles east of Raleigh and 80 miles from the Atlantic coast. A thriving small city and regional center for education, health, and the arts, Greenville is a great place to live, work, play, and visit. It has a cost of living more than 10 percent below the national average and boasts a vibrant Uptown district with restaurants, breweries, and shopping. Greenville hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year and offers numerous recreational opportunities, including access to the Tar River, over nine miles of greenways, nearly 30 parks and recreational facilities, and a growing arts scene. The Tar River connects with the Pamlico River about 30 minutes (by car) from Greenville, providing easy access to the entire Pamlico Sound.

Job Duties :

The Department of Economics ( at East Carolina University ( invites applications for the position of Chairperson and James E. and Constance Paul Distinguished Professor. This is a 12-month, leave-earning position.

The Chair will provide effective administrative and intellectual leadership for the department. Responsibilities include facilitating strategic planning and resource allocation; promoting excellence in faculty research and teaching; mentoring faculty and students; fostering faculty members’ efforts to secure external funding; ensuring quality, integrity, and growth of student degree programs; supporting departmental, college, and university policies and standards; fostering collegial relations in departmental governance; and effectively representing the department to internal and external constituents. The Chair will teach regularly in the department and maintain an active research agenda.

The selected Chair will also serve as the James E. and Constance Paul Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics for an initial 5-year appointment, with possibility of renewal for subsequent terms. The purpose of the Paul Distinguished Professorship is to promote, recruit, and retain faculty of the highest caliber for the ECU Department of Economics, and distributions from the Paul Professorship fund are used exclusively to support the activities of the Distinguished Professor. This position is set to begin July 1, 2023 and will be at the rank of Professor.

Contingent upon available funds.

Minimum Education/Experience :

Qualifications for the position include: (1) a Ph.D. in Economics or a closely related field; (2) a distinguished and sustained record of scholarly publications and productivity, commensurate to an appointment at the rank of Professor; (3) demonstrated excellence in teaching and service; (4) administrative experience or evidence of management skills commensurate with leadership in a disciplinarily wide-ranging department; and (5) a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Special Instructions to Applicant :

To apply, complete a candidate profile and submit application materials online at using the position number 940368. Required application materials include the following:
1) a CV
2) a cover letter indicating interest in the position and relevant administrative experience
3) a statement of leadership philosophy and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
4) the names and email addresses of three references.

Letters of recommendation will be requested later for candidates selected for initial interviews. Official transcripts and 2-3 official letters of reference are required upon employment.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Screening begins December 10, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Alan Christensen ([email protected]), Search Committee Chair.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected].

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to [email protected] Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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