Assistant Professor in Ag Policy

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 8, 2024
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Description & Details: The Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in January 2025. A doctoral degree and an active research program related to U.S. agricultural policy is required. The full-time position will be aligned with the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies, and the successful candidate is expected to serve as the Assistant Director of the Center. This administrative role involves providing leadership to the research, extension, and outreach activities of the Center.

The primary selection criteria will be the quality of the applicant's research and interests. The position provides an outstanding opportunity for independent research and ample opportunities for collaboration. The Assistant Professor is expected to participate actively in the University's intellectual activities, maintain an active extension program, and engage with North Dakota's agricultural stakeholders on policy issues relevant to the Upper Midwest.

Work Schedule:

Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful applicant must have received a doctoral degree in agricultural and applied economics or related fields, preferably within the last five years (or expected by December 2024). The candidate should also have excellent oral and written communication skills and advanced training in agricultural policy, international trade, and/or applied econometrics. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.

Preferred Qualifications: A record of relevant publications and extramural funding; training and analytical experience in agricultural and applied economics, including familiarity with U.S. agricultural policy; demonstrated ability to develop and apply structural economic models; knowledge of advanced statistical and machine learning methods ; and the ability to engage with stakeholders from the agricultural sector . The successful candidate can work independently and collegially with colleagues and clientele from different disciplines and with varying experience levels and develop an extension program of regional relevance.

Applicant Materials Required:

Cover letter, Curriculum vitae, Statements of research and extension philosophy and experience, One (or at the most two) published research papers and/or a job market paper, and Names and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references .

Do not hesitate to email the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Sandro Steinbach, at with questions or for additional information. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications should be received by September 30, 2024, to ensure full consideration for interviews, which will take place in late October 2024. The position will be open until filled. The successful candidate's employment will be contingent upon completing a pre-employment criminal background check.

About the Department, the University, and the Region: The Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics has developed strong regional support for the excellence of its teaching, research, and extension programs. The Department comprises fifteen tenure-track faculty, six research professors, and two extension specialists. It is home to the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies. Research strengths include risk and trading, agribusiness, agricultural policy, and international trade. Faculty in the Department are actively involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching, especially in collaboration with the Northern Crop Institute, the School of Natural Resource Sciences, and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The Department offers three undergraduate majors (Economics, Agribusiness, and Agricultural Economics) and one M.S. degree (Agribusiness and Applied Economics). The Department contributes to several interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs at North Dakota State University. Recent improvements in research activities have elevated the University's research rankings and increased research budgets through greater success in attaining extramural funding. Extensive engagement with agribusiness firms, both domestic and international, is encouraged. About 12,000 students attend North Dakota State University. The university is an ADVANCE institution and Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution. North Dakota State University is an equal opportunity and EEO/AA-MF/Vet/Disability institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Fargo-Moorhead enjoys one of the strongest growing economies of the Upper Midwest. Financial services, technology and software firms, agricultural manufacturing, food processing, and retailing drive growth. Fargo-Moorhead is the largest metropolitan area between Minneapolis and Spokane, WA. In the past few years, several magazines have proclaimed Fargo-Moorhead as one of the most stress-free metropolitan areas in America. "Quality of Life" is one of the most often repeated phrases people use when describing the region. The Fargo-Moorhead community has many qualities that contribute to this reputation, including an excellent K-12 educational system, three universities (North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and Concordia College), advanced medical technology, a progressive business community, clean air and water, and a low cost of living relative to comparable metropolitan areas. A recent study by the Lung Association ranked Fargo as one of two U.S. cities with the cleanest air. Fargo-Moorhead is a bustling and active metropolitan area of about 250,000 people, offering various outdoor recreational activities and an active and diverse visual and performing arts community.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).