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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


AEDE Open Faculty Position

Jan. 30, 2017

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) ( in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science (CFAES) at The Ohio State University invites applications for an Associate or Full Professor with tenure.  The incumbent is expected to conduct innovative research on the economics of agriculture and food systems and to provide intellectual leadership to the Department and the University’s Discovery Theme Initiatives in the areas of food systems.  Food systems encompass all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food-related items. We are open to candidates with expertise in any number of specialties, e.g., industrial organization, marketing, contracting, econometrics, experimental economics, behavioral economics, and with experience or interest in developing systems-based research.  The appointee will have an academic year (9 month) appointment AEDE with competitive salary and benefits package and is expected to develop and maintain a world-class research program in their field of inquiry, teach in our undergraduate, Master’s, and/or Ph.D. programs, and develop an appropriate outreach program.

AEDE is a premier department of applied economics that values excellence in research, teaching and outreach to fulfill our departmental commitment to Ohio State’s Land-Grant mission.  AEDE’s world-class faculty currently serve 80 Ph.D. students, 20 M.S. students and 500 undergraduate majors in four programs: A top-rated Ph.D. degree with fields in environmental, development and regional economics; an M.S. degree; a B.S. major in Agribusiness and Applied Economics; and in partnership with the School of Environmental and Natural Resources, a rapidly growing B.S. major in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability. 

This position will add to a cluster of four recently hired faculty in the Department focused on sustainable resource management in the 21st century.  The position is partially funded by a Discovery Theme Initiative ( at the Ohio State University, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the University can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The successful candidate will be among approximately 30 new hires university-wide in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation ( that includes more than 50 existing faculty and many external partners seeking transformational solutions for resilient, sustainable and global food security.  The successful candidate will initiate new transformative research, education and outreach with colleagues across campus and thus strengthen the university’s impact on resilient and sustainable food security.  Additional collaborative opportunities are likely in the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program (, focused on advancing cutting-edge research in sustainability science and solutions that accelerate the global transition to a low-carbon, more sustainable economy.


Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in economics, agricultural economics, business or an applied economics field.  Interest in developing or working in collaborative multidisciplinary research teams, and experience with teaching and mentoring members of underrepresented groups is preferred.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received before March 1, 2017 will receive priority consideration. Complete applications include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests in addition to a statement of experience and/or philosophy addressing teaching and mentoring members of underrepresented groups, a writing sample and the names of three references.  Applications should be submitted to Dr. Ian Sheldon (

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse 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. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is committed to creating a climate that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. This includes engaging in teaching, research and outreach scholarship that impacts the broadest possible spectrum of stakeholders, as well as ensuring that our faculty, staff and students comprise a community that permits us to do so. Among our stated goals is hiring at least half of incoming faculty from populations that have been traditionally under-represented in the college and university.  We have successfully done so for the past few years, and look now to improve upon our success to the highest degree possible.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.