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Assistant/Associate Professor in Urban Environmental and Health Outcomes

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 10, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Economics
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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FAES | Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics




The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor in the Economics of Urban Environmental and Health Outcomes.  This position will be a 50% Research/25% Extension/25% Teaching full-time, 9-month appointment. This position is part of cluster hire of three scholars focused on urban health and environmental problems that are differentially experienced by race and/or socioeconomic status. The three scholars will complement existing strengths in CFAES and beyond to form a new Urban Health, Environment, and Race Outcomes (Urban HERO) Collaborative. This cooperative, multidisciplinary consortium of experts in social, biological, and ecological sciences and engineering will engage with community partners to understand racial inequities and social disparities in environmental and health outcomes and disseminate new solutions to racial inequities and social disparities in environmental and health outcomes.  We are particularly interested in candidates who bring diverse perspectives and experiences to issues of urban equity and justice.




To fill gaps in establishing the Urban HERO Collaborative, the full cohort will bring disciplinary expertise in the areas of urban insect ecology, ecological/environmental engineering, and urban & regional/environmental economics. The cooperating academic units include Entomology; Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE); Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE); and the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). The Urban HERO Collaborative will leverage the outreach strengths of Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) and engagement with the CFAES Knowledge Exchange (KX), a university community partnership for research integration, translation, and communication.




The Assistant or Associate Professor in the Economics of Urban Environmental and Health Outcomes will focus on causes of and solutions to system-wide differential and distributional impacts of urban growth on a range of outcomes including, social mobility, environmental equity, human/ecological health outcomes and issues related to poverty, complementing existing strengths in urban land use, community and regional development, and sustainability. Extension activities will be focused on cooperative relationships with urban extension educators, and community representatives to identify critical racial disparities and develop policy solutions for enhancing equity in health and environmental outcomes.




The successful candidate will have an academic year (9 month) appointment in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) with a competitive salary and benefits package. A partial appointment in the School of Environmental and Natural resources or related unit may be considered, depending on interests and qualifications. The candidate is expected to develop and maintain a research program with extension/outreach objectives to help fulfill the mission of the Urban HERO Collaborative and contribute to the department’s undergraduate/graduate curriculum.




Required Qualifications


Applicants must:


  • have earned Ph.D. in urban, environmental or health economics or related field or a related field. Degree requirements must be completed by the appointment start date. have experience in applied research examining environmental and health outcomes in urban settings provide evidence of potential for success in research and teaching have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a willingness and ability to work closely with diverse groups of community members and academics (e.g., students, staff, faculty) demonstrate potential for advancing the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and outreach.



The Department


The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics ( is a premier department of applied economics that values excellence in research, teaching, and outreach to fulfill our departmental commitment to the land-grant mission of The Ohio State University. AEDE has a world-class faculty that currently serves: 60 PhD students (with fields in environmental, development, regional, and agricultural economics); 15 Masters of Applied Economics students; and 400 undergraduate majors (who obtain a BSc in Agribusiness and Applied Economics or a BSc in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability, the latter program run in partnership with the School of Environment and Natural Resources). 




Application Information:


Initial application deadline is December 9, 2022, with review of applications continuing until the position is filled. Complete applications include: 1) a cover letter describing interest in the position, 2) curriculum vitae with names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and emails for three professional references, 3) statement of research interests and goals (2-pg limit), 4) statement of teaching philosophy and goals (2-pg limit), and 5) statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions to or potential ideas for advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. Inquiries about the position are welcomed and may be addressed to the Urban Economics Search Committee Chair at






For further application instructions, please see: 




Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. The university is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse work environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies and practices.





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