Assistant Professor of Agriculture Business



Job description

Russellville, AR

About Arkansas Tech:
Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech is a state supported comprehensive institution, maintaining regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and classification as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) level III institution. It is the third-largest in the state with an enrollment close to 12,000 students. The Russellville campus, located in the scenic Arkansas River Valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, is just one hour from the capital city of Little Rock and boasts a charming blend of historic and modern architecture, including beautiful grounds and greenery. Offering over 100 undergraduate and more than 25 graduate degree programs across seven academic colleges and two campuses, Arkansas Tech strives to provide a solid educational foundation for life-long learning to a diverse community. For more information about Arkansas Tech University and the surrounding community, please visit our website at to find our “Live Here” informational resources.
Position Summary:
This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track position. The individual is expected to demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills with students, peers, and administrators and be willing to serve on departmental, college, and university committees. Provide mentoring and supervision to undergraduate students. Work with faculty and advisors in developing courses and curriculum, delivering classroom instruction, academic advising, student recruiting, fomenting career-readiness preparation, and monitoring outcome assessments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The successful candidate will have expertise to support the undergraduate Agricultural Business degree with primary focus on courses in the core agricultural business curriculum depending on departmental needs, the individual’s interest, educational background and skill level. Other course assignments may include Logistics, Project Management, Agricultural Policy, Agribusiness Management, Commodity Risk & Futures, Data Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Agribusiness Finance, Agribusiness Marketing or International Marketing and Agribusiness Sales. The incumbent will be expected to advise and mentor undergraduate students, and to engage with appropriate student organizations. The faculty members will have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Faculty members are expected to accomplish a record of scholarly achievement, including (but not limited to) mentoring of undergraduate research projects, grant writing and establish a regional, and ultimately externally-funded research program in keeping with the objectives of the Agriculture Department at Arkansas Tech University.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop an innovative teaching and research program in agricultural economics. The primary duty will be to teach and assess undergraduate (and masters when appropriate) courses in agribusiness, agricultural policy, trade, and sales, and/or other courses based on interests and programmatic needs. Additional duties will include: effectively advise undergraduate students (and graduates when appropriate), advise student organizations related to agriculture; serving on Departmental, College and/or University committees; conducting and publishing peer reviewed research related to agriculture economics or on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Interaction with and outreach to the general public and participation in related academic societies is strongly encouraged.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics, agricultural business, or related discipline. Knowledge of the U.S. agribusiness and food sector. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are necessary.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in and/or knowledge of agribusiness economics and management.
Excellence in college-level teaching methods.
Ability to inspire and motivate students.
Commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service.
Commitment to the publication of research in the academic press.
Demonstrate the potential to obtain extramural funding to support research and outreach programs.
Experience teaching and mentoring student in face-to-face classroom setting.
Demonstrated ability to design college-level coursework.

How to apply

What to Submit:
Letter of Application, Curriculum Vita, copies of transcripts, and Contact Information for 5 references.
To be considered for the Assistant Professor of Agriculture Business position, all applications must be received and processed through our applicant tracking system Cornerstone prior to the closing date on March 02, 2019 before 6:00 pm central time. The anticipated hire date will be August 12, 2019.
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This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Arkansas Tech University is an AA/EOE employer committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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