Assistant Professor of Marketing, Local/Regional Food Systems

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education


POSITION: Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics. STARTING DATE: August 2017 or as negotiated. RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a nine-month, tenure-track position in agricultural economics and agribusiness management with a 60% extension and 40% research responsibility. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized policy-driven extension program focused on issues related to marketing and farm-level decision making in local and regional food systems. The research program should complement the extension program, leading to educational programs to help farm business owners to assess traditional commodity markets and marketing opportunities for value-added products. The successful applicant will have an applied analytical focus. He or she will be expected to provide expertise and leadership as an active member of the Extension Entrepreneurship, Energy, and Community Development Unit, and to engage in extension activities that are consistent with the new Extension Business Model. This will include using and contributing to all capabilities of the “Atlas Platform” ( He or she will also be expected to secure external federal funding to support research and teaching programs. Once the candidate has firmly established their extension program, this position offers the opportunity to teach one course per year in the department’s agribusiness management major at the undergraduate level (timing subject to negotiation with the department head). Lastly, the successful candidate is expected to mentor graduate students. QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in agricultural or applied economics, or related field, with experience in research and grant preparation preferred. Applicants should demonstrate excellent quantitative and communication skills and an aptitude for collaborating on multi-disciplinary teams. Postdoctoral experience indicating independence and productivity is preferred. An ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students is required. SALARY: Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available. Review of applications will begin April 30, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. For questions, please contact Jayson Harper, Professor of Agricultural Economics,

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088