Director, Regional Economic Research Institute



Job Summary

Regional Economic Research Institute (RERI) is housed in the Lutgert College of Business. The RERI studies the regional and state economy, conducts on-demand economic impact and other analyses of issues pertaining to Southwest Florida, and applies economic theory to research and forecasting in its many regular and occasional publications. The RERI partners with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and assists area economic development organizations and chambers of commerce. In addition, the Institute examines regional workforce issues, assists economic development organizations, and supports the Regional Planning Council. It works closely with the School of Entrepreneurship, the Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development and Finance, and the Small Business Development Center.

The Lutgert College of Business is seeking candidates who are focused on engaging community partners and continuing to develop the RERI as a resource for the regional business community, while maintaining teaching excellence and an active research program.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.

Job Description

Essential Job Duties:

Essential duties of the role will include but are not limited to:

  • Building relationships with the region’s businesses, government agencies, and other community partners to gauge and address their needs for economic analysis.
  • Generating external funding (from grants, donations, or fees for services provided) to support the activities of the Institute.
  • Providing economic analysis to regional partners, including (macro) analysis of regional economic trends and (micro) analysis of individual partners’ problems and prospects.
  • Managing and coordinating Institute project work with staff, faculty, and student research assistants.
  • Recruiting and mentoring student research assistants working on Institute projects that address the needs of community and regional partners.
  • Conducting high-profile economic presentations to community organizations.
  • Providing local, regional and national press media interviews.
  • Managing and maintaining a Southwest Florida economic database, the RERI’s monthly economic newsletter as well as other Institute publications.
  • Teaching undergraduate economics courses – up to two courses per academic year.
  • Publishing academic research work growing out of the RERI’s regional economic analysis and by working with other faculty in the College.
  • Engaging in service to the College, University and Community.
  • Coordinating the development of and implementing the College Vision and Goals Statement.
  • Leading College efforts toward achieving University and College goals and initiatives.
  • Developing and growing the RERI budget.
  • Managing non-faculty staff members.
  • Developing, leading, and encouraging outreach and public service efforts.


Other Duties

  • Data collection, validation, analysis and archiving.
  • Database management.
  • Preparation of tables, graphs, reports and presentations.
  • Survey design and implementation.
  • Presentations pertaining to the regional economy to community groups.
  • Client relations.


Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Doctorate in Economics or a closely related field from an AACSB accredited program.
  • Research and experience to commensurate with the Assistant Professor rank or higher.
  • Experience in regional economic analyses and in production of applied regional economic studies.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with writing grants and generating external funding.
  • Experience providing local, regional and national press media interviews.
  • Experience teaching in an AACSB accredited business school.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of Implan and/or REMI.
  • Ability to present findings to the university and community.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to manage the operations of the RERI and provide strategic leadership for its continued development.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, RERI-affiliated researchers, and community partners on projects and publications focusing on the regional economy, including workforce trends and needs.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Appointments will be made at a faculty rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience on a 12-month multi-year appointment basis available July 2021.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:

  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Curriculum Vitae & Cover Letter
  • Five (5) Professional Reference


This posting will close on Tuesday April 20, 2021.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.

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