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Department Head and Professor of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To apply, upload your 1) current CV 2) a cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience as they relate to each individual required and preferred qualification 3) your administrative philosophy and vision for leading a joint department (under two colleges) and 4) a summary of current research and three examples of research papers. Please note, the names and contact information for four professional references are required as part of your profile.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17042
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Mark Jutila, Search Committee Chair
(406) 994-2901

Classification Title
Working Title Department Head and Professor of Agricultural Economics and Economics
Brief Position Overview

Lead department of Agricultural Economics and Economics faculty, staff, and students and manage all aspects of departmental business.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Professor
Position Number 4A3767
Department Agricultural Economics & Economics
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics (DAEE) is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and the College of Letters and Science. The Department currently has 20 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, about half of whom work in the field of Agricultural Economics, and three of whom have extension appointments. The Department ascribes to the highest academic standards and is dedicated to education that develops human capital. Faculty members are highly productive scholars, who conduct research in Agricultural Economics and Economics with a focus on high quality publications in leading refereed journals. DAEE faculty obtain substantial extramural grant funding. The Department provides high quality teaching and outreach programs. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Agricultural Business, Economics, and Financial Engineering, with undergraduate majors numbering about 260. DAEE courses also play substantial service roles for other programs in the University. The Department offers a very rigorous, highly respected Master’s degree in Applied Economics, graduating an average of six students per year. The Department strives to maintain a rich and diverse faculty group, and women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Montana State University (MSU) is located in Bozeman, Montana and was founded in 1893 as a land grant university. The University is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Montana State University has a total enrollment of over 16,000 students including approximately 2,000 graduate students and it is recognized as a top research university by the Carnegie Foundation.

Bozeman is a community of approximately 44,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Montana, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities that include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by six national airlines and is the busiest airport in the state. Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. The community is consistently highly ranked by a range of media outlets: it was ranked the #2 American Dreamtown by, the best place to “reboot your life” by Sunset magazine, the #11 mid-sized American city by, and the #1 place to live and ski by Powder Magazine. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America’s most desirable university towns.

For additional information regarding Montana State University and the city of Bozeman, please go to:

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department Head is responsible for:

  • Facilitating and coordinating the Department’s teaching, research, extension and outreach programs.
  • Fostering a departmental culture that is participatory and supports successful scholarship.
  • Managing the personnel, budget, and physical facilities of the department.
  • Representing the faculty in various internal and external capacities.

In addition to the administrative duties, the department head is expected—at levels commensurate with the administrative appointment—to maintain a research program in agricultural economics and/or economics that results in publications in leading disciplinary refereed journals, to provide high quality teaching, and to provide quality outreach in accordance with professional expertise. Further information on areas of responsibility for department heads can be found here

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Ph.D. in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or a closely related discipline.
  2. Established research program in Agricultural Economics or Economics that has resulted in publications in disciplinary refereed journals and positive professional recognition commensurate with an appointment at the Full Professor level in the DAEE at Montana State University.
  3. Teaching and/or outreach qualifications commensurate with an appointment at the Full Professor level in the DAEE at Montana State University.
  4. Experience supervising personnel and managing budgets.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Demonstrated ability in leadership, program management, and/or administration.
  2. Experience communicating with external stakeholders, such as agricultural producer groups and firms; community, regional, and state organizations; businesses and non-profits; government officials; and the general public.
  3. Experience advising graduate students.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work with and engage diverse students, staff, and colleagues within and outside the department and a commitment to the principles of inclusiveness and diversity.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have a well-defined vision for leading a joint department in a land grant university.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities .
  • Be able to represent the department to University faculty and administrators, government officials, off-campus organizations, and the general public.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department
The College

As a land grant institution, Montana State University provides education, research, and extension/outreach programs focused to meet the changing needs of Montana. The College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station generate and disseminate superior knowledge and technological solutions to increase the competitiveness of communities capturing value from Montana’s agricultural and natural resources, preserve environmental quality, and improve the quality of life for all our citizens.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on September 15, 2017 however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, upload your 1) current CV 2) a cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience as they relate to each individual required and preferred qualification 3) your administrative philosophy and vision for leading a joint department (under two colleges) and 4) a summary of current research and three examples of research papers. Please note, the names and contact information for four professional references are required as part of your profile.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  3. Administrative Philosophy / Vision Statement
  4. Research Statement (max 2 pages)
  5. Publication #1
  6. Publication #2
  7. Publication #3
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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