Assistant Professor of Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Finance, or Agricultural Marketing

Department of Agricultural Economics


The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible. UWRF's 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science; Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: More information about the Agricultural Economics Department is available at

The Position:

This is a full-time, nine month, tenure-track undergraduate faculty position (100% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester.The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interests and ability to teach courses in agribusiness management, agricultural finance, or agricultural marketing and other classes dependent on expertise and department needs. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants,internship supervision and other funding sources. Appointment date: August 26, 2013.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Teaching Duties 100%

  • Teach undergraduate courses in agricultural business and economics based on the successful candidate's educational background and departmental needs.
  • The standard teaching load is 12 credits per semester.
  • New curricular initiatives may include development of undergraduate, graduate, and/or on-line courses.
  • Serve as academic advisor for students in the Agricultural Business, Agricultural Studies and Ag Marketing Communications programs.
  • Serve as an advisor for co-curricular activities such as student clubs/organizations, internships, and student research projects.
  • Engage in program-related applied research and scholarly activities.
  • Participate in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college, and university levels.
  • Perform community service where academic expertise can be shared.

Qualifications Required:

  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics or a related area. Applicants who have finished course work and are still working on their dissertation may be considered for a conditional appointment and must complete their Ph.D. by the start of 2015/2016 academic year.
  • Strong interest in and ability to teach undergraduate classes in one or more of the following areas:agribusiness management, agricultural finance, and agricultural marketing.
  • Strong interest in and ability to provide academic advising to undergraduate students.
  • Interest in and ability to advise co-curricular activities such as student clubs/organizations, internships,and/or undergraduate research.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the university's commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, backgrounds,and identities.

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Documented evidence of successful teaching at the college level.
  • Ability and interest in teaching an array of courses.
  • Experience with agriculture/agribusiness in the U.S. or a comparable setting.


To Apply: Online applications are REQUIRED at:


  • Curriculum vitae (resume)
  • Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
  • A three-part statement, not to exceed 3 pages, covering
    1. your primary and secondary teaching interests, experience in classroom, and any evidence of successful teaching at the college level
    2. your agriculture/agribusiness experience, and
    3. your applied research and scholarly activity agenda. (Other Document)
  • A separate diversity statement addressing – in full - your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and identities (diversity statement).
  • An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
  • Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (references).

Inquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Stanley Schraufnagel, Professor and Search Committee Chair

Department of Agricultural Economics

Deadline to Apply: Review of Applications will begin on April 5, 2013. For full consideration, applicants must submit all required materials by this date. Materials not submitted electronically cannot be considered.

The names of all nominees and applicants who have requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released on request. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity.The university is also interested in applicants who can support and extend our partnerships and initiatives in Asia (particularly China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India) and in Latin America. The university's strategic focus on international education encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the transition of international inbound students and out-bound UWRF students and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships in these regions.

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