University of Missouri

January 23, 2019

Assistant Extension Professor
Business and Communities Extension Program
Columbia, Missouri

The Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, seeks to recruit a faculty member with experience and interest in regional or community economic development. The incumbent will engage with MU’s Business and Communities Extension Program and build effective working relationships with others across campus and the state to help support an integrated approach to community economic development in Missouri. There are a broad range of issues relevant to Missouri communities around which, based on his/her expertise, the successful candidate can contribute to research-based extension and applied research efforts, e.g., community economic resiliency or vitality, regional wealth creation strategies, value-added agriculture, entrepreneurship, local and regional food systems. This is a non-tenure track position anticipated to be 60% extension, 20% research and 20% service in effort. Assignments are subject to annual negotiation between the faculty member and leadership.

Duties of the position: The incumbent will:

  • Contribute to a high-impact applied research program that supports issues of importance to Missouri, MU Extension, and CAFNR
  • Link scholarship with nationally recognized extension programs, extending past the University campus into Missouri communities or regions
  • Conduct economic and fiscal impact analysis studies
  • Secure external funding to support applied research
  • Publish in appropriate peer-reviewed scientific journals and extension outlets and present at appropriate regional and national meetings
  • Direct student research and outreach projects
  • Participate in public, professional, and internal service activities

A successful candidate’s extension programing efforts could include:

  • Fostering regionally led strategies to promote community economic development
  • Measuring the economic implications of policy decisions and industry change
  • Examining economic links between urban and rural communities and the spillover effects of economic change
  • Community economic program development, planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • Providing professional capacity building for County Engagement Specialists and others

Qualifications: The Assistant Extension Professor should hold a PhD degree in agricultural or applied economics, regional science/regional planning, or a closely related social sciences discipline. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated interest and expertise in conducting research and outreach on topics related to community economic development within a North American context.
Published peer-reviewed journal articles, grantsmanship, and a demonstrated interest in Extension is preferred, but not required. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Stata, IMPLAN, and GIS is also preferred.

Application: Applications should include: A letter of interest, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial), and the names and contact information of three references.  Start date is negotiable but not later than September 1, 2019.  Official transcripts will be required for any candidate who is offered the position. Questions regarding the position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair.  

Apply online at
Job ID: 29023

More information: Sarah A. Low, Search Committee Chair, 573-882-8284

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