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Pearson Collegiate Faculty Fellow of Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Agricultural & Applied Economics
Location: Hybrid
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEC) invites applications for a unique endowed position in agribusiness management and entrepreneurship. The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership for growing a premier undergraduate and graduate agribusiness analytics and entrepreneurship program. The position, the James A. and Renae C. Pearson Collegiate Faculty Fellow, will be a 9-month academic year, primarily teaching appointment with the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor.

Leadership for the program will include working in collaboration with the Kohl Chair, the Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow, and other AAEC faculty to 1) enhance and promote instructional excellence in our renowned agribusiness program, 2) help develop a new major in applied economic analytics and deliver a curriculum that integrates data-driven decision making into traditional agribusiness courses, 3) design and expand experiential learning opportunities, including activities and programming within AAEC's Kohl Centre.

The selectee will collaborate with the Kohl Chair and other AAEC members to foster industry partnerships, connect students to paid internship and other employment opportunities as well as executive training programs, potentially with a focus on data-driven decision making. We expect the successful candidate to assist in seeking relevant funding opportunities, including training grants that provide enhanced experiential and applied research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Along with other administrative tasks assigned, the teaching responsibilities will include traditional classroom, team-oriented projects, and/or online instruction. Potential teaching areas include, but are not limited to, agricultural finance, entrepreneurship, business ethics, risk management, supply chain management, agribusiness and farm management, managerial economics, predictive analytics, agribusiness strategy, and agricultural marketing. The successful candidate is expected to actively engage in teaching scholarship (for example, written and oral dissemination of teaching approaches, case studies, and instructional research to relevant professional audiences), provide leadership for innovative programs and pedagogy in AAEC, and foster AAEC experiential learning and program growth opportunities with other university programs and the agribusiness community. There will also be opportunities to work with and advise both undergraduate and graduate students on topics relevant to agribusiness management.

The collegiate faculty rank is a non-tenure-track position that offers a clear promotion path with increasingly long-term contracts. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Department, College, University, and Community: The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech is a robust and growing unit with about 300 primary and secondary undergraduate majors, 75 graduate students, and 32 faculty members ( The Department is located in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (, which advises about 3000 undergraduate students and 640 graduate students across 10 departments and schools. Virginia Cooperative Extension, also located within the college, delivers research-based information to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia through county/city extension offices, 4-H educational centers, and Agricultural Research and Extension Centers ( Virginia Tech ( is located in Blacksburg, VA ( with a full-time student population of more than 38,000 students. Blacksburg is nestled in the New River Valley, close to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail, and was recently ranked by Bloomberg's Businessweek as the best place in the U.S. to raise kids and by Forbes as one of the top 25 places in the U.S. to retire (

The Department offers undergraduate degrees in agribusiness and applied economic management with specializations in a number of areas ( The Department offers a number of experiential undergraduate programs, including the Kohl Centre (, COINs (, and the Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) ( The Department offers an M.S. degree in agricultural and applied economics and a Ph.D. in Economics (joint with the Department of Economics). The Department also participates in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Online Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences graduate degree program. In addition, Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region possess dynamic agricultural sectors with diverse sectors ranging from traditional commodities (e.g., grains, vegetables, and livestock) to emerging areas (e.g., local/organic food, green industry, viticulture, and aquaculture/seafood).

Required Qualifications

● Ph.D in Agricultural/Applied Economics, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Data Analytics, or a closely related field.
● Demonstrated excellence in offering courses in economics, agricultural economics, management, finance, marketing, and/or closely related subjects.
● Proficiency in data-driven decision-making in agribusiness and applied economic management.
● Demonstrated success in implementing effective experiential learning practices in a student-centric environment.

Preferred Qualifications

● Industry work experience or experience working within the agribusiness industry and related clientele groups.
● Experience in curriculum development and course design.
● Experience developing and delivering online and blended instruction to student and adult learner audiences.
● Demonstrated leadership and record of achievement in teaching/instructional scholarship.
● Experience working with industry and government in developing student internship and employment opportunities.
● A track record of obtaining external funding to support teaching and learning or other related activities.

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Salary Information

73,000 - 86,000

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Additional Information

Applicants need to complete an online application and submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of names and contact information for three references. In addition, we request a one-page statement describing candidates’ commitments to promoting diversity and working in a multicultural environment. Direct inquiries or questions about this position to Dr. Le Wang, Search Committee Chair: Phone: (540) 231-0748; Email:

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Le Wang at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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