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The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in agricultural trade and policy. The position is 70 percent research and 30 percent teaching. This is a 9-month, academic-year appointment with expectations of applying for and obtaining external funding.
Research Appointment: The successful candidate is expected to have strong quantitative skills and establish a nationally-recognized research program focused on agricultural trade and policy issues. Areas of relevant research interests include, but are not limited to: the impact of regional and multilateral trade agreements; non-tariff measures affecting trade; productivity and trade competitiveness, including trade and global value chains; trade and the environment including land use and climate assessments; the interface of food systems supply chains, input markets and foreign direct investment; and emerging trade policies and disputes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain effective outreach efforts that extend the visibility of their research program to inform decisions taken in state and national government and by stakeholders within commodity, agribusiness and other non-government organizations on globalization and agricultural trade issues. The person filling this position will have the support of and opportunity to contribute to and collaborate with the new Center for Agricultural Trade (CAT) (https://aaec.vt.edu/extension/Agricultural-Trade-Center.html) within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) as well as other faculty and graduate students within the department.
The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Global Systems Science Destination Area (GSS/DA) with which this position is associated. The GSS/DA is focused on the transdisciplinary study of the dynamic interplay among natural and social systems. Faculty working in this area are collaborating toward solutions to critical social problems emergent from human activity and environmental change. For more information on the GSS/DA see https://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-overview/da-global-systems.html and for Virginia Tech's DA initiative more generally, https://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html.
Teaching Appointment: The successful candidate will be expected to teach each year in the department’s graduate and/or undergraduate programs in agricultural trade, quantitative policy analysis or food-systems related courses. Advising/mentoring graduate students at the master's and PhD levels is also expected.
PhD in Agricultural/Applied Economics or Economics
Demonstrated qualifications to establish a nationally recognized externally funded research program in agricultural trade and policy
Strength in econometric and/or quantitative simulation modeling
Graduate coursework relevant to agricultural trade and policy analysis and/or related food systems economics
Record of peer-reviewed publications
Experience applying for grants or other sources of external funding to support research, outreach or student experiential learning
Experience teaching course(s) in agricultural trade, policy analysis and related food systems economics fields
Experience working with clientele such as firms, industry groups and government agencies
Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary teaching and/or research in areas that align with Virginia Tech's university-wide, multi-disciplinary focus within the GSS/DA
Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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