Assistant/Associate Professor - Rural Development

  • University of Arkansas
  • Little Rock, AR
  • May 05, 2022
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

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Location: Little Rock
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Type of Position:
Faculty - Non-Tenure

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Institution Name:
Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees.  The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture.  The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.  As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. 

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Director * Community, Professional, & Economic Development

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Summary of Job Duties:
The Assistant/Associate Professor-Rural Development is a non-tenure track faculty member of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture with a 75% appointment in Community, Professional and Economic Development (CPED) and 25% appointment in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness (AEAB).

The Assistant/Associate Professor-Rural Development is responsible for developing a nationally recognized extension education and applied research program focusing on economic development with strong emphasis on supporting economic, social, and quality of life advancement in rural Arkansas counties. Duties and responsibilities include:
* Create and implement innovative and research-based extension education programs with new educational materials, curricula, and training approaches along with appropriate assessment and evaluation of impact.
* Lead research-based assessment of gaps in existing knowledge of rural economic development and implement applied research strategies to provide discovery, interpretation, publication, and recommendation of best practices.
* Create and sustain effective and relevant collaborations with measurable progress in economic, social, and quality of life advancement at the community and higher level, especially in struggling rural areas.
* Secure substantial and consistent extramural funding and collaborations to support program activity and growth over time.
* Serve as nationally recognized expert to support, train, and advise county agents, local government officials, and other community and economic development stakeholders.
* Supervise staff supporting economic development programs and research.
* Advise and mentor undergraduate, honors, and graduate students.
* Pursue professional development to remain current on research and best practices.
* Assist with other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

The successful applicant must demonstrate:
* Commitment to supporting diversity, belonging, equity, and inclusion within the workplace and among the clientele we serve.
* Extensive knowledge of applied economics, including economic forecasting, conducting economic modeling, conducting policy and program analysis, and data analysis.
* Knowledge of labor markets and labor market data.
* Proficiency in IMPLAN and other platforms, software, and datasets for use in economic impact modeling and other socio-economic analyses.
* Superb analytical and mathematical skills.
* Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and professionally in an interdisciplinary university environment.
* Ability to take initiative, work independently and manage multiple projects.
* Team development skills.
* Commitment to professional development.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate complex concepts to local government officials, key stakeholders, and the public.


Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D in agricultural economics, applied economics, regional economics or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience related to the following:
  • Economic analysis and economic impact analysis in an applied setting.
  • Extension education and program development and/or work in a land-grant university with knowledge of county and state programs.
  • Securing, managing, and delivering extramurally funded projects.
  • Scholarly activity, including but not limited to, publications, conference presentations, and grant writing.
Additional Information:

Applicants for this position are required to upload a Resume, Cover letter, Official or Unofficial Transcript, and three letters of recommendation prior to submitting the application. Once an application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to edit the application or upload additional documents.

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Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Letters of Recommendation, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Diversity Statement, Listing of Publications, Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Writing Sample

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Andrea Price,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Motor Vehicle Reports Check
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment.  The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check.  Required checks are identified in the position listing.  A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position.  Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation.  The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity.  As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Frequent Physical Activity:
Hearing, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting, Standing, Talking, Walking

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