Department Head, Agricultural and Resource Economics

NC State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Aug 21, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Department Head, Agricultural and Resource Economics
NC State University
Raleigh, NC

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
On March 7, 1887, North Carolina’s General Assembly founded the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts as a land-grant college. Its mission was to provide a practical, classical education to North Carolina students, focusing on career preparation for the children of farmers, mechanics and other workers.

Today, that college has become North Carolina State University. With 12 academic colleges and more than 36,000 students, NC State is the largest university in North Carolina. Though much has changed, one thing remains the same: NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) continues to create and extend the education and research-driven solutions that improve agriculture and the lives of our neighbors — across the state and around the world. 

CALS discovers, develops, teaches and applies knowledge and technology that enable students, clientele and citizens of North Carolina to improve the quality of their lives; enhance the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of the state and world; and create and extend new knowledge through scientific research and extension in agriculture and life sciences. 

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) serves consumers, producers, students and others engaged in agricultural, natural resources and life science-related activities through teaching, research and extension programs that address and solve economic, policy, legal and business problems. ARE’s programs enhance decision-making skills essential in the operation and management of businesses, households, nonprofits, government and other public organizations. 

ARE excels in all three of the university’s core functions: teaching, research and extension. The department is home to 35 faculty and staff, and it offers an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science) program in agribusiness management, two graduate programs: a Master of Arts in economics and a Ph.D. in economics, offered jointly with the Department of Economics, which is in the Poole College of Management, and several certificate programs.

ARE is home to the Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy (CEnREP) which, among other notable programs and activities, annually hosts the nationally recognized ‘Camp Resources’. In addition, ARE faculty lead many other prominent state and regional programs including The Executive Farm Management Program, and the Farm School. 

ARE has an active research program that is supported primarily by state and federal funds allocated through the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service. Other funds are provided by a variety of competitive federal, state, and foundation grants from the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation and the Tobacco Foundation. Agreements with state and federal agencies as well as with private firms provide additional funds for agricultural economics research activities.

ARE sponsors several seminar series and events for faculty and students to share information and ideas. In conjunction with the Department of Economics, ARE offers several seminar series including those focused on: Agricultural, Trade and Development Economics, Econometrics, and Microeconomics. In addition, CEnREP hosts a regular colloquia, and partners with RTI International and Duke University to present the Triangle Resources and Environmental Economics Seminar Series. The department offers regularly scheduled workshops on agricultural economics, econometrics, natural resources and international trade. These workshop series constitutes an important component of the research activities of faculty and students. ARE faculty frequently collaborate with economists in the Department of Economics and in the College of Natural Resources, and engage in multi- and interdisciplinary research with scholars in an extensive range of other disciplines.

The program is consistently ranked among the top 10 agricultural economics departments at public universities worldwide (RePEc/IDEAS rankings). Agriculture and agribusiness — a core constituency of ARE’s programs — contribute almost $100 billion annually to the state economy. ARE’s programs are broad based, including traditional areas like agricultural production, marketing and policy, as well as environmental and natural resource issues and community development.

ARE’s extension programs reach all 100 counties in the state and have won numerous university, state, professional association, and national awards. Extension programs are implemented through a variety of methods, including workshops and seminars, media productions, and computer platforms. Extension programs are coordinated with other departments and programs. Faculty delivering extension education usually have two-way (research and extension) or sometimes three-way (teaching, research, and extension) appointments, thereby enabling them to accomplish objectives in an integrated fashion with the other responsibilities of ARE.

The Opportunity
NC State and CALS invite nominations and applications for the position of department head of ARE. ARE strives to excel in all three of the university’s core functions: teaching, research and extension. The department offers an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science) program in agribusiness management and two graduate programs; a Master of Arts in economics and a Ph.D. in Economics, offered jointly with the Department of Economics in the Poole College of Management.

NC State values diversity. Not only do we all benefit from multiple viewpoints, experiences and perspectives, diversity is critical to our academic mission. Without it, our students simply could not succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace — let alone become conscientious, contributing global citizens. 

Everyone who comes to NC State enriches us through their varied knowledge and backgrounds. And we expect everyone to give of their talents, skills, time and effort to make NC State an environment of inclusive excellence for all New perspectives deepen our understanding, strengthen our community and propel our innovation.

The Position
The department head must provide intellectual and organizational leadership and effective management to academic, research and extension programs in a dynamic department with a strong reputation for excellence. The department head will create an environment that facilitates an effective shared vision; a highly productive, innovative, entrepreneurial and collegial faculty and staff; collaborative opportunities; and a mutually supportive, diverse and intellectually stimulating environment for faculty, staff and students.

As the department’s academic leader and administrative officer, the department head will lead faculty and staff in implementing and enhancing the undergraduate and graduate programs, cooperative extension and outreach activities to ensure that the programs remain responsive to the evolving needs of students and stakeholders. The department head will administer and manage the department’s academic affairs, personnel, finances and physical facilities. 

The department head will also represent, promote and advocate for the department within the college and the university. The successful candidate will interact with alumni and other private and public stakeholders, and assist in attracting external support for educational programs, research initiatives and centers, and cooperative extension.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D in agricultural economics, economics or a related field, and must possess relevant administrative experience. The applicant must be able to be appointed to the rank of professor with tenure and have a record of outstanding professional achievement in their field.

The ideal candidate will have effective communication skills and team-building capabilities; a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and extension; and the ability to articulate the vision of the department within the context of a land-grant university.

Candidates should have a commitment to diversity and inclusion and the ability to support and mentor faculty and staff at all career stages. They should have a demonstrated ability to manage budget priorities and obtain funding to effectively balance a diverse array of needs within the department.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing their unique qualifications and interest, a curriculum vitae, a brief description of their leadership and administrative philosophy and the names and contact information of at least three references at

A review of applications will begin in September 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Garey Fox, professor and head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and chair of the nomination committee, at or 919-515-6700. 

About NC State
At NC State, we create prosperity for North Carolina and the nation. We began as a land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering. Today, we’re a preeminent research enterprise that excels across disciplines. 

NC State is a powerhouse in science, technology, engineering and math. We lead in agriculture, education, textiles, business and natural resources management. We’re at the forefront of teaching and research in design, the humanities and the social sciences. And we’re home to one of the world’s best colleges of veterinary medicine.

Our more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing. They pursue original research and start new companies. They forge connections with top employers and serve communities local and global. Through it all, they enjoy an outstanding return on investment.

Whether it’s Princeton Review ranking NC State among the nation’s best values for universities, Money magazine naming it the No. 1 best college for your money in North Carolina or Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranking NC State No. 9 among the best values in public higher education, the university has many reasons to be proud.

Each year, NC State creates $6.5 billion in added income for the statewide economy, equivalent to creating more than 90,000 new jobs. That represents a significant return on investment for the citizens of North Carolina in the form of research advances, innovative technologies, successful companies, skilled graduates and new jobs waiting for them. 

Our 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Together, they forge powerful partnerships with government, industry, nonprofits and academia to remake our world for the better.

Celebrating its 133rd year in 2020, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning, discovery and engagement available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

About Raleigh and North Carolina
North Carolina’s rapid growth makes the state a diversity leader and top spot for young professionals and families. Raleigh reflects statewide growth as a city on the rise:

  • 2 among the best big cities to live in (Money, 2018)
  • 2 among the best places for business and careers (Forbes, 2018)
  • One of America’s most digitally inclusive tech cities (Brookings, 2018)
  • 2 hotspot for tech jobs (Forbes, 2016)
  • 3 best city for young professionals (Forbes, 2016)

With Durham and Chapel Hill, the capital city anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The region’s top companies — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — rank among the country’s best employers. NC State also maintains strong agricultural partnerships with Bayer, BASF and Syngenta, companies that lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

NC State provides equal opportunity and affirmative action efforts, and the university prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation that are based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, gender identity, genetic information sexual orientation or veteran status.