Associate Professor of Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics Jobs in Fort Collins, CO at Colorado State University

Title: Associate Professor of Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics

Company: Colorado State University

Location: Fort Collins, CO

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Fort Collins, CO

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$120,000-$130,000; Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Employee Benefits

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The goal of the Department of Economics is to build a learning community that supports the intellectual development and professional aspirations of both students and faculty, and supports the economic development of Colorado. Our department has a longstanding tradition of methodological and intellectual pluralism. Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer courses that cover an unusually wide range of economic thought, including neoclassical economics, Keynesian economics, institutional economics, Marxian economics and feminist economics. We want our students to become critical thinkers who understand the debates about economic methodology and policy as well as the techniques of economic analysis. Our faculty members have active research agendas and substantial scholarly records; nonetheless, our students are our first priority. We constantly strive to improve our teaching programs, and our faculty have won many teaching and advising awards. Our PhD program provides many opportunities for students to interact with faculty and to work with them on research projects. We have had an excellent track record in job placements for our graduate students. Finally, the department has developed a strong reputation in engaged scholarship, where research and grant funding have gone to understanding the impacts of natural disasters and economic development opportunities for Colorado communities.

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Position Summary

The Department of Economics is seeking an Associate Professor in Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics (JEL R00) to support the mission of the university’s Regional Economic Development Institute ([email protected]), a collaboration which includes the Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts, as well as help fulfill the goals of the Office of Engagement and Extension’s (OEE) Rural Initiative.

The successful candidate should have a sufficiently outstanding record of teaching/mentoring, scholarship, and engagement/outreach to warrant being awarded tenure and Associate Professor status from the outset of the appointment, and will be expected to contribute to graduate teaching in regional economics. Candidates must have experience in communicating with diverse communities. Candidates are also encouraged to highlight associated expertise in state and local public finance, regional labor market or health analysis, and/or spatial econometrics.

The preferred candidate’s portfolio should include successful experience with securing external funding, which would be expected to continue under this appointment. The Department also expects the preferred candidate to have and continue to develop a portfolio of engaged scholarship. In that spirit, the candidate’s research and engagement activities should consider possibilities for bridging the stark rural-urban divide in Colorado, so a complementary urban economics background would be beneficial.

Effort distribution will be 25/75 Economics/Engagement in the first two years to develop a network of engaged communities and decisionmakers, with an even split between the two units from the third year onward. The position thus involves an enlarged engagement/outreach agenda supporting [email protected]’s efforts to improve community and economic development prospects for all of Colorado, with a particular focus on rural communities. In addition, the position’s responsibilities would comprise 1 course per year for the first two years then 2 courses per year in the third year onward, as well as undergraduate and graduate student mentoring. Alongside teaching responsibilities, the Department expects an active research and service agenda.

This position offers a defined contribution retirement plan, full benefits, sabbatical leave, and optional summer teaching when available.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

Experience fostering economic development in diverse marginalized communities
Publication record commensurate with a R1 Associate Professor in Economics appointment
Ability to teach graduate Regional Economics

Preferred Job Qualifications

Expertise in state and local public finance
Expertise in regional labor market or health analysis, urban economics, and/or spatial econometrics.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application Procedure: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; to ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by September 19th. Applicants should submit:

A letter of application describing one’s suitability for the position as well as a brief statement on how one’s teaching, research and engagement/outreach demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion;

Curriculum vitae;

Evidence of demonstrated or potential Engagement/Extension effectiveness (e.g. workshops, webinars, public/private partnerships…) uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot; and

The names and contact information of three professional references. Please note that a complete application consists of the requested materials and three confidential letters of reference. Your references will be emailed a request for a letter immediately upon submission of your application. As such, applicants should allow sufficient time for their letters to be submitted by September 26th to ensure full consideration.

Application materials of semi-finalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty in the Department of Economics. Questions about the position can be directed to
[email protected]

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The
Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160,
(970) 491-1715,
[email protected]

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,
[email protected]

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,
[email protected]

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the
Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Diversity Statement

Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Search Contact

Professor Stephan Weiler, [email protected]

Essential Duties

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Teach graduate Regional Economics, advise graduate students towards their PhD, and be an engagement and regional economics resource for undergraduates

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Engage Colorado’s towns and counties, orient them towards resources that REDI can provide, and generally support the state’s economic development, particularly in marginalized rural areas. Such support should include means to bridge the rural-urban divide by linking struggling areas to the Front Range’s economic dynamism, including through remote work. . Seek out and apply for relevant grants at the local, state, and federal levels to help resource community opportunities.

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Develop an engaged research agenda guided by regional economic priorities that not only meets the needs of the marginalized parts of the state but also advances the rural/regional research frontier. Such an agenda should include the development of forward-looking indicators that can guide communities to their maximum opportunities, which in turn enhances Engagement goals.

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