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Auburn- ALFA Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair
Title:Auburn- ALFA Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Auburn University in their Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology ALFA Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair search

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (DAERS) is seeking a Full or Associate Professor for an Eminent Scholar position. The ALFA Eminent Scholar endowment supports:

1) continuing and enhancing an outstanding scholarly research record

2) teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs

3) providing leadership in a specific research area(s) in partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, state, national, and international organizations and stakeholders.

The chair will help strengthen and enhance the farm and agribusiness management (marketing, production, and finance) program, and/or agriculture policy (farm, domestic ag., trade policies, ag law) program and through leadership, serve as a positive role model for colleagues and students.

The ALFA Eminent Scholar Chair is a nine-month, teaching and research appointment with expectations for summer funding.  The titled professorship has a five-year renewable term with tenure in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is student achievement centric
  • Demonstrates research, teaching, and service /outreach excellence
  • Has experience with authoring nationally and internationally recognized books and scholarly journal publications
  • Is adept at securing extramural research funding
  • Has strong research and teaching skills
  • Engages effectively with stakeholders: Agricultural producers, industry, non-profit organizations, and organizations formulating food and agriculture policies
  • Is equally comfortable with campus and off campus constituencies


Ph.D. in agricultural economics or related field

Candidate must meet university and departmental standards for tenure and promotion at the Associate or Full Professor level

Meet United States work eligibility requirements throughout the term of employment
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About Auburn:

The University is a public land-grant institution organized into twelve academic colleges and schools. It is ranked 52nd among public universities in the U.S. News and World 2019 Report. For 2018, 24,628 undergraduates, 5,812 graduate, and professional students are enrolled. The University is nationally recognized for its academic excellence commitments and community engagement, its positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus.

Auburn maintains high research activity levels and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs.

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The Department:

Discovering and transmitting socio-economic knowledge to Alabama and the world is DAERS’ mission. They achieve this through their teaching, research and extension programs in conjunction with other College of Agriculture departments, industry and organizations.

Their goal is enhancing agriculture’s economic and social impact locally, regionally, nationally and globally. To obtain this goal, students, faculty and alumni build robust communities and economies using business, law, public policy, trade, finance and through partnerships with all agricultural industry sectors. The Department has 13 full-time faculty, over 200 undergraduate students and 29 M.S. and Ph.D. students.
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The Community:

Auburn is recognized as one of America’s best small towns with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities or beach and mountain recreation. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama corridor.  The combined Auburn-Opelika- area boasts a population of over 100,000 with an estimated 500,000 living within a thirty-mile radius.  The city of Auburn is known for excellent public school systems and a local medical center acknowledged as among the best in the region.

The community has a high-level of social civic engagement stressing inclusiveness. It has many athletic events, art festivals, farmers markets, museums and bi weekly concerts. Dance, theater and music programs and performances are ubiquitous. The Julee Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art houses Picassos and Renoirs among others. The area has an active restaurant scene with award winning restaurants throughout the neighborhoods. The centrally located Donald-E Davis Arboretum is perfect for a midday escape. Auburn also has five golf courses and over 16 local parks. The largest is Chewacla State Park, a 696-acre park 30+ miles of biking and hiking trails.


The ALFA Eminent Scholar’s salary is negotiable and competitive based on qualifications. The endowment provides a salary supplement and support funds annually for the incumbent's research program. The starting date is negotiable (after the closing date). Research/teaching percentages in the appointment are also negotiable.

Application Instructions:

Review of candidates will begin on February 15, 2019 and continue until a qualified candidate is appointed. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, candidate statements of their research program and teaching philosophy and evidence of effective teaching.  Please do not email applications. 


Inquiries, referrals and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to: Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search at or call 860-740-2600.

Review of candidates will continue until a candidate is appointed.

~Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer~

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