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ACADEMIC (9 months)

Job Summary:

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a full time, 9-month, tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a well-trained applied economist to develop a research program on value-added agriculture in Wisconsin and the nation. The successful candidate will have the capacity to produce scholarship addressing issues raised by state and industry stakeholders while simultaneously expanding the body of knowledge in applied economics. The position will be partially funded by the UW Division of Extension. As an Extension specialist, the candidate will also engage with stakeholders and produce complementary educational outreach products with direct relevance to value-added agriculture in Wisconsin and the nation.

This position is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious applied economist to develop national and international excellence in agricultural economics through research and Extension programming that is relevant for a group of engaged and responsive stakeholders. Wisconsin's agricultural producers have untapped potential to innovate and increase the value they generate by improving their production practices, generating ecosystem services, developing differentiated products, and participating in new markets. The successful faculty Extension specialist will help agriculture in the state grow and remain globally competitive by providing research-based outreach to help farmers and businesses along the supply chain take advantage of opportunities to add value to agricultural products.

For this position, value-added agriculture entails changing raw agricultural products into new products, adopting new production practices, or developing new markets, with research potentially ranging from broadly studying value-added supply chains to specific agricultural products or practices (e.g., cheese processing, breweries/wineries, ethanol/biodiesel, and carbon markets) to international trade of agricultural value-added products.

The department will offer robust mentoring, an initial teaching reduction, research support, and other resources to support the successful applicant as they establish their research agenda and Extension activities.

The UW-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environments for all students, faculty, and staff. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all. The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics is committed to advancing diversity in all areas, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.


CALS Extension-funded faculty are expected to generate, translate, and apply research-based knowledge and methods to issues and problems by integrating research and educational activities into a coherent body of work. CALS Extension-funded faculty are expected to provide leadership in the design, development, and implementation of educational programs and to document the impact of these efforts.

Develop and carry out an externally funded research program recognized at state-, national-, and international-levels for innovative approaches to advancing value-added agriculture. Example topics include but are not limited to the profitability of agricultural processing businesses, integration of agricultural supply chains, the interplay between agricultural value-added processing and the larger regional economy, environmental impacts of value-added agriculture and export market potentials.

Contribute to outreach and service functions of the department, college, university, and professional societies. As an Extension specialist, community outreach is central to this position, including the ability to reach diverse audiences. Moreover, consistent with the mission of the University of Wisconsin System, the candidate will be committed to service to the community, state, nation, and world.

Work independently and collaboratively to support the mission of the Department, the College, and Extension. As an Extension specialist the successful candidate is expected to work within the structure of the Division of Extension, specifically the Agricultural Institute, but flexibility within value-added agriculture allows for collaborating with colleagues in other parts of the University, including within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Division of Extension.

Teach classes in AAE that contribute to department undergraduate and graduate programs. Permanent teaching responsibilities for AAE Extension and research faculty is 1 course per year, but a teaching load reduction will be available for candidates establishing their program in value-added agriculture.

Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
PhD in economics, agricultural economics, or a related discipline.


Successful candidates will have a record of or demonstrate potential for:
* Excellence in applied economics
* Development of Extension programming
* Publications in peer reviewed journals
* Graduate student training/mentoring
* Extramural grant-writing
* Teaching and curriculum development
* Promoting an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: . Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 21, 2023

Additional Information:

Please contact Professor Paul Mitchell at with position related questions.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are core values of Agricultural and Applied Economics department students, staff, and faculty. We are committed to building and cultivating a community built on these values and expect our faculty to be active participants in this ongoing process. Successful candidates will demonstrate how they will contribute to and support a climate of diversity and inclusion in our department through their research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service. All applicants will include a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of their application package. This statement may include such items as diversity, equity, and inclusion activities candidates have participated in or led, classroom and teaching practices, and/or personal and lived experiences, but is in no way limited to this list. Please limit this statement to no more than one page.

How to Apply:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 259950-FA. Applications must be received through the UW-Madison's online application system.
To begin the process, please click "".

As part of the online application, applicants must separately upload a CV, statement of interest, diversity statement, a graduate transcript, and one file with one to three writing samples. Contact information for three references will be requested at the time of application and references will be contacted to submit a letter of recommendation.

The deadline for ensuring full consideration is October 2, 2022, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Terri Wipperfurth
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Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)



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Applications Open: Jun 20 2022 Central Daylight Time
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