Assistant Professor Agricultural Economics: Delta Research and Extension Center

Mississippi, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 14, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Function:

This is a tenure track position with a 100% Extension appointment with Mississippi State University located at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS with an academic home in the Department of Agricultural Economics on the main campus in Starkville, MS. The function of the successful candidate will be to provide economic educational assistance to clientele, colleagues, local organizations and stakeholders; and to conduct applied research on rural development issues for the Mississippi Delta Region and beyond. The successful candidate will work in unison with other state Extension specialists and county Extension agents to strengthen the overall Extension programing effort through directly delivering programs and by developing programs for Extension agents to deliver on rural development and health related topics. In addition, the individual will be expected to collaborate with other Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) and Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSU-ES) scientists to ensure research and Extension based programs are focused on the needs of stakeholders. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a strong multi-disciplinary team addressing prevalent issues in rural development and health related issues. The successful candidate will work closely with local, state and national organizations such as the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Rural Development organizations, Farm Bureau, Delta Council and other related organizations.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Assistant Professor position will be located at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS.

Area of Specialization:

Agricultural Economics Rural Development Specialist

Anticipated Appointment Date:

May 1, 2021

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The goal of this position is to evaluate current issues, enhance educational opportunities for the Delta region and other clientele, and develop a comprehensive Extension and research program focusing on rural economic development issues. The successful candidate will work closely with producers, clientele, stakeholders, state Extension specialists, county Extension agents, researchers, and other related parties to identify and assess economic development issues and develop strategies to improve rural economics and reduce health and other relevant risks associated with rural communities. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in other research activities in collaboration with current MAFES and MSU-ES scientists to include in-service to Extension agents. The successful candidate will be expected to garner extramural funding to support their Extension programs and applied research efforts, and present updates and results in appropriate outlets to include electronic media, Extension publications, scholarly publications and other appropriate outlets. A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research findings and deliver educational programs to lay audiences is desired.

Minimum Qualifications:

1) Earned Ph. D. in Agricultural Economics or closely related field.
2) Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
3) Demonstrated ability of organizational and leadership skills are important, as well as the willingness to address critical issues in a team environment.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

1) Post-doctoral experience in rural economics Extension programming or research.
2) Post-doctoral experience in rural health issues from an economic perspective.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational and leadership skills are also important.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Application must be submitted online at Applicants should submit the following documents: i) curriculum vitae (including statement of current position and responsibilities); ii) academic transcripts; iii) cover letter expressing a statement of research philosophy and applicant’s research interests and qualifications; and iv) three letters of reference either online or hard copies to:
Dr. Steve Martin, Delta Research and Extension Center, P.O. Box 197, 82 Stoneville Road, Stoneville, MS 38776.
Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.
Screening of applications is expected to begin immediately. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.