TITLE AND LOCATION Assistant or Associate Professor, Farm Management Located in the Department of Applied Economics, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. This is a 9-month, 100% time, 60% Extension and 40% Research, tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Criteria and requirements for tenure are subject to University Policy.
DESCRIPTION: This position includes responsibilities for extension and research programs related to farm management. Specifically, the person in this position will conduct research and extension programming related to improved farm business management practices to enhance profitability and productivity of farming operations. Research, and subsequent research-based educational programming, will address some of the myriad issues facing managers of commercial farms. These issues include, among others, precision agriculture and technological change, agro-environmental issues, risk management, climate change, policy, and finance and capital investment. The Assistant or Associate Professor will be expected to:
• Develop a leading nationally and internationally recognized research program related to farm management and, in particular, to utilize and develop agricultural data to identify and predict improved outcomes from farm practices. Improved analytics are expected to be deployed to provide advanced decision information related to farming systems and sustainable productivity.
• Develop extension programs in farm management and work with the nationally recognized Center for Farm Financial Management as well as collaborate with Extension’s Agricultural Business Management educators, Minnesota State’s Farm Business Management instructors, and private sector firms and farms.
• Engage in and provide leadership for development of extension and research programs in farm management that move the department in innovative, productive and relevant research and educational directions.
• Develop successful grant proposals and work with interdisciplinary research teams, drawing upon expertise in agronomy, animal science, entomology, plant pathology, soil science and other disciplines within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the broader University, and conduct research and deliver knowledge to a wide range of audiences.
SALARY AND BENEFITS Salary is competitive and commensurate with the professional experience and qualifications. Fringe benefits include employee health, dental, and faculty life/disability insurance, social security, faculty retirement and opportunities for professional development.
Essential • Ph.D. in applied economics, agricultural economics, economics, or a closely related field. • Evidence of potential to develop an outstanding record of scholarly research in the areas of farm management, production economics, and data analytics. • Experience making presentations to professional and nonprofessional audiences. • Demonstrated expertise in the application of economic theory, quantitative methods and innovative data discovery to farm management topics. Desired • Evidence of potential for excellence in peer reviewed publications. • Evidence of potential for excellence in research and extension teaching and for leadership in academic programs. • Demonstrated potential for success in working with multi-disciplinary research and Extension teams. • Experience managing multi-disciplinary projects or project teams. • Evidence of working effectively with culturally diverse audiences. • Evidence of potential to work effectively with farming communities, farmers, farm organizations, and agribusinesses in Minnesota. • Demonstrated understanding of U.S. farm management topics. • Demonstrated potential for preparing successful grant proposals to governmental, non-governmental, environmental, and private sector organizations. • Demonstrated interest and potential for engagement and impact with industry, government and/or policy communities.
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