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Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professor, Agricultural Business and Policy

University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, Missouri
Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.
Posted Date
Dec 9, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Economics
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Division of Applied Social Sciences seeks applications for a nine-month, assistant/associate/ full non-tenure track extension professor to support the Agricultural Business and Policy Extension program. 

The University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities, and economies by producing relevant, reliable, and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address the needs of Missourians including: educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business and workforce development; global food systems; and health systems. For more information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit

This position will serve as the lead production economist for the Extension program.  Responsibilities of this faculty member will be to develop a nationally recognized extension and applied research program related to the economics of farm production – specifically targeted towards crop and natural resource management.  Potential focus areas include budgeting and finance, land and machinery investment, environmental regulations, risk management and technology adoption designed to improve profitability and environmental quality.  The successful candidate is expected to collaborate across departments, programs, extension units, university centers and external constituents – leading one or more of these collaborative arrangements.  The candidate will be expected to publish both research results in appropriate disciplinary journals and extension curriculum.  The successful candidate is also expected to secure grants, contracts and extramural funding to support their extension and applied research activities. 


  • All Extension Faculty, regardless of appointment category or type, are expected to demonstrate competency in Communication, Educational Programming and Knowledge of Subject Matter, Inclusivity, Information and Education Delivery, Interpersonal Relations, Knowledge of Organization, Leadership, Organizational Management, and Professionalism.  Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve skills and increase research-based knowledge including interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces. Work with faculty and staff located in county offices, across program disciplines and regions, with boards and organizations and other campuses throughout Missouri with a positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the mission, vision and values of MU Extension. Faculty may be expected to travel throughout Missouri or an occasional travel out of state.  Extension Faculty must work effectively, flexibly, and independently, often with little guidance.  Working evenings and weekends is often required to meet the needs of learners, clients, and stakeholders. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension. Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or related field by the time of appointment.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Ability to communicate economic research to the public
  • Potential to develop extension programs to meet industry demand
  • Ability to conduct and publish applied research to solve relevant agricultural problems
  • Ability to gather and participate in interdisciplinary teams
  • Ability to work with industry person and government agencies to discover needs and create projects to meet those needs.

Application Procedure

To apply for this position, please visit the MU website:, Job ID 44840. 

Application Materials

An application package should include the following:

  • An application letter highlighting key areas of strength in the applicant’s background and summarizing the fit of applicant with the position
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references
  • The University of Missouri values diversity and is committed to working towards achieving equity and inclusion within all its programs.  Candidates applying for this position are required to provide a statement addressing how they would utilize their former experience and knowledge to promote diversity and inclusion at the university and how that commitment would add value to the Division of Applied Social Sciences.

Review of applications will begin January 31, 2023 and continue until a suitable candidate is recruited.

For More Information

Dr. Ray Massey
Chair, Search Committee
223D Mumford Hall
Columbia, MO  65211

Start Date

Negotiable. July 1, 2023 is the target.


Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.


The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system.  It is the state’s 1862 land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States.  MU’s broad undergraduate programs and its graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students.  MU is centrally located in Columbia, MO, which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities.  MU Extension and Engagement programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis city.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits

package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations, or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-884-2577.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.


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