Tuesday, 14 August 2018 08:58

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) seeks to fill a position for an Assistant or Associate Professor in International Trade and Food Security

Assistant/Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) seeks to fill a position for an Assistant or Associate Professor in International Trade and Food Security.

This position is part of an initiative in the College of ACES to contribute to the improvement of global human and environmental health via the food system. We intend to dramatically strengthen and expand our capacity in this arena through a seven-position cluster hire focused on Food and Agricultural Systems for Global Health. Faculty hired into these positions will lead collegewide efforts in food security and global health, and participate in related campus priorities, including the Nutrition and Food Security theme of the campus strategic plan (, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, among others.

The Department of ACE conducts an internationally recognized applied economics program with specialization in the areas of commercial agriculture, price analysis, development economics, environmental economics, regional economics and public policy. We invite candidates conducting research in international markets and trade as they apply to agriculture, food, nutrition, food security, natural resources, and/or rural economies. Applicants should have a strong scholarly record of applying economic theory and/or empirical methods to study factors and/or policies affecting trade, and international agricultural markets. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively with faculty and students of the department, the college, and the university in areas relevant to this position.

Primary Duties include:

  • Develop a nationally prominent research program with publications in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and extramural funding
  • Contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching programs through teaching (generally two courses per year) and student advising
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address societal problems that require complex, multidisciplinary approaches

All candidates must hold a Ph.D. in agricultural/applied economics, economics, finance, or related field. Candidates should show potential for a strong research and teaching program in their area of specialization, and have completed their degree before the start date of the appointment. 

The start date will be August 16, 2019. This is a full time, 100%, 9 month tenure-track appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 15, 2018. The search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified. Candidates may be interviewed before the closing date; however no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create a candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a sample of written work, a research statement, a teaching statement and three letters of reference. Applicants who are currently graduate students or post-doctoral fellows must also submit transcripts from graduate program(s). All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. Please contact Melissa Warmbier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a student enrollment of more than 40,000, and nearly 2,000 faculty. It’s located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a vibrant and diverse community of 110,000, and is easy driving distance from St. Louis and Indianapolis. Our community offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life.

The College of ACES is recognized worldwide for its commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching, research, outreach, and international programs. We offer tremendous opportunities for students to achieve their goals and prepare for excellent careers. Our hands-on academic programs prepare our graduates for local, national, and global careers. ACES research programs are making a difference in people’s lives. Our research and education centers, located throughout the state, provide vital testing grounds where research can generate practical applications that benefit consumers, farmers, commodity groups, agricultural organizations, environmentalists, conservationists, government agencies, industry, and business. University of Illinois Extension connects the university to people, businesses, and communities statewide to help solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. ACES faculty and staff are leaders in international engagement, addressing global challenges and impacting lives around the world.

The Department of ACE is one of seven departments in the College of ACES with 700 undergraduate students, 80 graduate students, 30 tenure-track faculty members and 80 non-tenure track staff. Disciplines include ag economics, economics, business, finance, and law. Nine undergraduate concentrations are offered, ranging from agribusiness markets and management to public policy and law to financial planning. The department’s research and outreach programs relate to commercial ag, the environment and natural resources, development economics, and consumer and family economics. An applied emphasis helps the department meet its land-grant mission while maintaining a high level of scholarship. Responsibilities are divided between research, teaching, and extension with annual support of about $5.3 million from state and federal recurring funds, and $10 million from grants, contracts, and gifts. Six endowed chair positions have been established in the fields of marketing, futures and options (2), finance, policy, and law.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

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