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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Posted: 09/11/2023
Associate/Full Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Position: Associate/Full Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics (joint appointment Department of Nutrition), 9-month tenure-track. This position will co-lead, with a new hire in the Department of Nutrition, a cluster hire that will strengthen the University of Tennessee’s ability to develop a national reputation in the area of food and nutrition security, using a food systems perspective. This position will have an administrative appointment for leading cluster initiatives and research and teaching responsibilities. The cluster will include six faculty in the home units of Nutrition; Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management; Nursing; Agricultural and Resource Economics; Food Science; and Family and Consumer Sciences. Administrative responsibilities will include co-leading the effort to fill four positions within the cluster. This responsibility will allow this position to have considerable influence in building a team of food and nutrition security scholars. Faculty hired as part of this cluster will collaboratively work across the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) campuses, using a team science approach, in building a strategic plan that emphasizes enhancing collaboration and impact by creating an interdisciplinary, translational human health and wellness identity at UT in food and nutrition security. This strategic plan will include a focus on interdisciplinary academic programming and scholarship. Within the area of scholarship, this cluster hire will help lead the University of Tennessee in building an equitable and inclusive research enterprise that supports a diverse and inclusive workforce, community-engaged scholarship, and research that enhances population representativeness.


Subject: Food and nutrition security. The focus of this position will be household food acquisition and consumption behavior with implications for food retailer behavior and household food security or health, as well as topics related to community food availability.

Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to: 1) lead interdisciplinary academic and research programming focusing on household food acquisition and consumption behavior with implications for food retailer behavior and household food security or health; 2) lead or participate in the acquirement of extramural funding to support the interdisciplinary research program;  3) publish in high quality disciplinary and multidisciplinary journals; 4) teach one to two graduate or undergraduate courses; 5) mentor MS/PhD students; 6) mentor faculty hired within the cluster hire initiative; and 7) fulfill all administrative responsibilities related to cluster hire as described above.


Qualifications: Ph.D. in agricultural economics, economics, or closely related field; excellent communication skills; ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. The candidate must have an extensive record of extramural funding, scholarly productivity, and successful mentoring. The successful candidate must meet the qualifications for being an associate or full professor within UTK’s faculty handbook (https://tiny.utk.edu/rank ). Candidates with demonstrated experience in productive interdisciplinary collaborations, successful team leadership, experience in team science, and/or administrative experience are preferred. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Start date and salary: The expected start date is August 1, 2024. Starting salary is commensurate with experience, and granting of tenure upon appointment will be based on qualifications. The University of Tennessee has a competitive benefits package, and 9-month tenure-track faculty are eligible for summer salary. The start-up package for the position is designed to support the launch of the cluster hire. UTK is Tennessee’s flagship land grant university and is currently in the midst of unprecedented growth in enrollment, with approximately 35,000 enrolled students. The University is also a Carnegie Foundation Research (R1) University with the highest research activity and has achieved a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

Application: To apply, please submit a letter detailing your interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and three letters of reference to http://apply.interfolio.com/131671 . Direct any questions regarding the position to Dr. Margarita Velandia, Search Committee Chair, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, mvelandia@utk.edu865-974-7409.

Screening of applicants will begin November 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.