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Chair, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey, US
Closing date
Jun 23, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Recruitment/Posting Title Chair, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department SEBS-Agricultural Econ & Mktg Salary Commensurate With Experience Posting Summary

Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Science (SEBS), invites applications and nominations for Chair of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (DAFRE).

We seek a scholar with a proven track record in research, exceptional leadership ability, and a deep passion for innovative and inclusive education and outreach. The successful candidate will be one who appreciates and understands the unique value applied economic research and education offers to advance the land grant mission. The Chair will provide intellectual, strategic, and visionary leadership for the department's faculty, students, and staff; thus, leading the department in new directions that will take advantage of new opportunities for innovation and growth in student enrollment and research opportunities, as well as addressing pressing social issues affecting New Jersey, our region, and the world. A forward-looking perspective on the future direction of the discipline, coupled with the capacity to identify and cultivate new opportunities for departmental growth and expansion, is key for building the department's expertise and increasing student enrollment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Rutgers and a successful candidate should embrace DEI in all aspects of research, teaching, and outreach/service activities and programs.

Within the enviable context of New Jersey, New Brunswick, and the Northeast corridor, we seek applicants who will expand and strengthen connections with industry to catalyze new research and engagement opportunities, grow student enrollment, and enhance student experiential learning, internship opportunities, and career prospects. New Jersey and the tri-state area have one of the largest concentrations of U.S. food firms, pharmaceuticals firms, and financial markets in the U.S. New Brunswick's strategic location is a mere 45 minutes to New York City, a 2-hour train ride to Washington DC, and half an hour to the world through the Newark Liberty Airport.

Major Responsibilities:

* Lead strategic planning to guide the growth of the Department over the next 5+ years that supports the President's guiding principles and the recommendations of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Academic Master Plan and the Rutgers Diversity Strategic Plan.
* Nurture an environment conducive to curricular and pedagogical innovation, experiential learning, and academic success and employability for both undergraduate and master's students, while advancing the department's strategic enrollment planning and its successful implementation.
* Foster an inclusive culture and community in which all contributions are valued and recognized, collaboration and innovation are encouraged, and the potential of every individual, including faculty, students, and staff, is fully utilized. Engage diverse audiences, especially those traditionally underrepresented.
* Facilitate curricular planning and innovation, inclusive of external stakeholder engagement, that positions DAFRE undergraduate and graduate programs for growth and provides students with the knowledge, experience, and skill sets needed for career success.
* Cultivate productive partnerships with other departments, schools, and units at Rutgers to advance teaching, research, and community engagement.
* Develop and maintain active personal research and teaching programs.
* Build strong ties with industry, commodity groups, alumni, and other external stakeholders to strengthen ties to enhance the departments' connections, further its mission and vision within and beyond New Jersey, and increase external funding opportunities.
* Communicate with transparency and clarity all aspects of departmental initiatives, operations, challenges, and opportunities with faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders.
* Oversee the evaluation of initiatives and achievements associated with departmental plans. Establish data-driven metrics to measure success.
* Lead efforts for strategic faculty recruitment, retention, mentoring, and development.
* Manage efficiently and transparently human, financial, and physical resources, in compliance with university policies and practices.

The compensation package offered is highly competitive. The Chair is a 9-month academic appointment typically for the duration of 3 years, with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is available on July 1, 2024, and the start date is negotiable.

Position Status Full Time Posting Number 23FA1114 Posting Open Date 10/27/2023 Posting Close Date


Minimum Education and Experience

Applicants should have academic credentials commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure. A Ph.D. or its foreign equivalent in a related field is required.

Certifications/Licenses Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

* A Ph.D. in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics, Business, or a closely related field. Accomplishments commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of full professor.
* A record of excellence in research teaching, and community engagement/extension.
* Demonstrated ability to provide visionary leadership and commitment to practices that enhance access, equity, and inclusion. Evidence of navigating complex situations and making strategic decisions.
* Exceptional skills in communication and interpersonal relations with a broad range of constituencies.
* Experience in the development of innovative industry and community engagement/outreach programs that demonstrably contribute to student academic and career success.
* Demonstrated ability to engage multidisciplinary teams.

Equipment Utilized Physical Demands and Work Environment Overview

The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics ( is home to internationally recognized faculty, conducting economic and policy research on the development and impact of innovations in food, nutrition and health, agriculture, the environment and sustainability, bio-based and clean energy sectors, agribusiness and agricultural marketing, technology adoption, and international development. The department has close ties to diverse industry sectors, including agricultural, food, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, and biotechnology industries, as well as government agencies such as the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Production, USDA, USAID, and the World Bank. Our undergraduate and master's programs have strengths in economic theory and quantitative analysis of policies and challenges of governments and industry.

Rutgers University is ranked 15th of 227 U.S. public universities by U.S. News and World Report 2023. As the land grant university of New Jersey, Rutgers University is committed to excellence in scholarship, providing educational opportunities that support student success, and community engagement to address the pressing needs and aspirations shaping society. Our success is firmly rooted in a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that broadens knowledge through a wide array of perspectives and experiences, as outlined in the university's recent Diversity Strategic Plan ( Rutgers - New Brunswick recently completed an Academic Master Plan ( that identifies strategies to advance the university's academic mission in its pursuit to be a national leader among institutions of higher education.

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences is guided by a vision for a healthy and sustainable future that balances the well-being of all living organisms with the health of the earth. The school includes 12 academic departments that support 21 majors, plus a multitude of minors and certificate programs. Experiential learning - from students working in labs to industry internships - enables our students to explore interests and possible careers. Students at Rutgers are encouraged to forge unique pathways that utilize opportunities across the entire University.

The school is closely affiliated with Rutgers' New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) and its strong applied research and community outreach programs across New Jersey and around the world ( Through Cooperative Extension offices in all 21 New Jersey counties, off-campus field stations, farms, and business incubators that focus on research in critical areas, ranging from food, fisheries, agriculture, forestry, clean energy, and allied businesses, NJAES works to serve New Jersey residents, communities, and businesses in every corner of the state.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military service or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.

Posting Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

When prompted in the application, include the names and contact information of three (3) professional references who can address, in their professional judgment, your performance in advancing your scholarly field, the significance of the venues in which you have been published, leadership experience and accomplishments, grant activity, instructional accomplishments, and service performed. This information may be used to solicit reference letters within the employment system. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Please also provide:

* A cover letter (up to 3 pages). Include a statement for a strategic vision to build departmental excellence in research, teaching, and outreach; describe administrative experience; leadership philosophy and accomplishments; and other relevant information.
* Curriculum Vita
* Research Statement (1-2 pages). Describe your scholarship and/or extension research, as appropriate, including but not limited to: current research focus and plans for future research; research accomplishments and recognition demonstrated by scholarly publications in disciplinary journals, grant awards, awards from professional societies or acknowledgment by peers, industry, government, policymakers, or the public; accomplishments in leading a multi-disciplinary research team that addresses a major issue facing the region, state or world; track record of mentoring graduate students; and other relevant information
* Teaching Statement (1-2 pages). Describe your teaching and learning philosophy, strategies, and objectives; provide examples of the development and implementation of creative teaching initiatives; describe methods of assessing student learning and achievement independent of student evaluations; and other relevant information.
* Diversity Statement (1-2 pages). Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a core value of SEBS, NJAES, and Rutgers. In your application, please describe your accomplishments, goals, and process to advance excellence in diversity, inclusion, equity in your leadership, research, teaching, service, and/or community engagement by addressing the following:
* Provide a leadership example wherein you incorporated the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into your research, pedagogy, or community engagement.
* Describe your potential to support SEBS, NJAES, and Rutgers's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in terms of research or community engagement.
* Rutgers University and New Jersey both comprise a diverse population. Discuss your potential to mentor and educate students from a diverse population.

Questions can be directed to Search Committee Co-Chairs, Yanhong Jin at and Margaret Brennan Tonetta at

Quick Link to Posting Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick Home Location Campus Cook (RU-New Brunswick) City New Brunswick State NJ Location Details

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Immunization Requirements

Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees, Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to receive an updated (bivalent) vaccine dose. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals, if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate's offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

* Cover Letter/Letter of Application
* Curriculum Vitae
* Research Statement
* Teaching Philosophy
* Diversity Statement

Optional Documents

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