June 2018 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the June 2018 issue of the NARSCNews.

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Assistant or Associate Professor in Data Analytics and Public Policy – The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenured (Associate) or tenure-track (advanced Assistant) professor who will actively participate in ourinterdisciplinary Public Policy PhD Program. We seek candidates whose research applies data science methodology and advanced quantitative methods to the study of public policy. The area of research specialty is open, but we will give preference to candidates with interest in collaborating with faculty in a newly developing security and justice policy research cluster, broadly defined. Candidates should have a record of research that utilizes advanced quantitative methods (e.g. causal inference, time series analysis, hierarchical modeling, simulations) and data science skills (e.g. data visualization, machine learning, computational modeling, natural language processing, network science) and be prepared to teach in graduate courses in these areas.

Required qualifications include the following: (1) a Ph.D. in Public Policy or a closely related social science or data science discipline; (2) a strong record, appropriate to rank, of high quality peer-reviewed publications related to public policy; (3) a program of research likely to generate publications and extramural funding; (4) teaching experience, appropriate to rank; and (5) a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion as values in the program and college.

Candidates at the Associate level should possess credentials and experience appropriate for a tenured associate professorship at UNC Charlotte. A track record of extramural funding is required for candidates at the associate professor rank. We will give preference to candidates with experience working within an interdisciplinary environment, and who have experience in areas such as graduate recruitment, curriculum development, mentoring, and preparing students for an academic and applied job market. Applicants must submit a statement on diversity and inclusion and finalists will be asked during their screening interview how diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching, service, and research.

The Public Policy Program is an interdisciplinary PhD granting program that draws upon faculty and resources from seven departments and three colleges. The position will contribute to the development and integration of data science curriculum into our current PhD program and help develop new graduate certificate programs. At least fifty percent of the teaching and service expectations will be committed to the Public Policy Program. The position will have a tenure home in one of the following four departments: Criminal Justice, Geography and Earth Sciences, Political Science and Public Administration, or Sociology. Research active faculty at UNC Charlotte typically teach two courses per semester. The position begins on August 12, 2019.

The Public Policy Program is supported by over 30 core faculty drawn from departments and colleges throughout the university including Criminal Justice and Criminology, Economics, Geography and Earth Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science and Public Administration, Public Health, and Sociology.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive university, located in one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas on an expanding modern campus. One of sixteen campuses in one of the oldest public university systems in the United States, UNC Charlotte offers over 28,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Charlotte’s metropolitan area is rich in cultural and racial diversity (over 40% Hispanic/Latino and African-American) and our faculty strives to reflect and interact positively with that population. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, physical sciences, and military sciences, as well as 8 research centers and institutes and 13 interdisciplinary programs.

Applications must be submitted electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu (use position number #004161) and the following documents should be attached: cover letter describing your qualifications, teaching, and scholarship; a separate statement addressing commitment to diversity and inclusion; a recent CV, and the names and contact information for three references. Please contact Dr. Cherie Maestas, Director Public Policy Program at cmaestas@uncc.edu with questions about the position. Review of files will begin December 6 and continue until the position is filled.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of

all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all

underrepresented groups. The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their

highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.

Assistant Professor of Economic Geography – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Economic Geography. We seek a quantitatively oriented Economic Geographer with research related to the impact of global processes on urban economic growth and the environment. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence and diversity. The position will begin August 12, 2019.

Required Qualifications: (1) a Ph.D. in geography, urban planning, or related field at the time of appointment; (2) a strong research and scholarly agenda; (3) expertise in applied quantitative methods; (4) prior success in obtaining, or the demonstrated potential to obtain, external funding; (5) a commitment to, and potential for, excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in a diverse classroom setting.

Desired Qualifications include: (1) evidence-based scholarship on globalization in urban settings; and (2) an understanding of the funding landscape of their disciplinary field and of interdisciplinary initiatives.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a robust and sustainable externally funded research program and to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful applicant is expected to actively engage in the academic community of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, demonstrate leadership through advising and mentoring students, and contribute service at the Departmental, College, University, community and professional levels.

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (http://www.geoearth.uncc.edu/) is a diverse community of social and physical scientists composed of over 30 faculty members and more than 100 graduate students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The Department’s mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge about the social and natural systems

of the earth and their interactions through scholarly research, teaching and service. The Department is committed to rigorous high-level research and excellence in teaching. The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geology, Environmental Studies, and Meteorology. At the graduate level, the Department offers an M.A. in Geography, a Ph.D. in Geography, and an M.S. in Earth Sciences. In addition, the department is a core participant in several interdisciplinary graduate programs on campus, including, Ph.D. programs in Public Policy (PPOL) and Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES), and the Master’s in Urban Design (MUD). The Department houses the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science (CAGIS), a Cartography Lab, as well as many Earth Sciences Labs.

UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing doctoral-granting urban university located in the largest metropolitan area between Washington DC, and Atlanta. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus. Over 29,000 culturally diverse students currently are enrolled at the University. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and military sciences, as well as 25 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 24 master’s degrees, 12 graduate certificates, and 32 undergraduate degrees.

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applications for women, minorities and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. Applications must be submitted electronically at http://jobs.uncc.edu (Position Number 006906) and include: (1) a letter of application; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) statement of current and future research; (4) a teaching and student mentoring statement; (5) A diversity statement reflecting on how the applicant integrates issues surrounding diversity into their teaching, research and/or services; (6) one to three representative writing examples or publications; and (7) the names and contact information of three references.

Please e-mail the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Robert Boyer (rboyer1@uncc.edu) with any additional clarifications or questions about the position or the required application materials. Our departmental website is http://www.geoearth.uncc.edu/.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.

Assistant/Associate Professor – Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant/Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) seeks to fill a position for an Assistant or Associate Professor in International Trade and Food Security.

This position is part of an initiative in the College of ACES to contribute to the improvement of global human and environmental health via the food system. We intend to dramatically strengthen and expand our capacity in this arena through a seven-position cluster hire focused on Food and Agricultural Systems for Global Health. Faculty hired into these positions will lead collegewide efforts in food security and global health, and participate in related campus priorities, including the Nutrition and Food Security theme of the campus strategic plan (blogs.illinois.edu/view/7831/601847), the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, among others.

Primary Duties include:

  • Develop a nationally prominent research program with publications in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and extramural funding
  • Contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching programs through teaching (generally two courses per year) and student advising
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address societal problems that require complex, multidisciplinary approaches

All candidates must hold a Ph.D. in agricultural/applied economics, economics, finance, or related field. Candidates should show potential for a strong research and teaching program in their area of specialization, and have completed their degree before the start date of the appointment. 

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 15, 2018. The search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified. Candidates may be interviewed before the closing date; however no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create a candidate profile at jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a sample of written work, a research statement, a teaching statement and three letters of reference. Applicants who are currently graduate students or post-doctoral fellows must also submit transcripts from graduate program(s). All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. Please contact Melissa Warmbier at mwarmbie@illinois.edu with questions.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

Job Announcement: Post-Doc in Agricultural Conservation Program Evaluation at University of Illinois

Job Announcement: Post-Doc in Agricultural Conservation Program Evaluation at University of Illinois

A two-year post-doctoral research associate position is available in the Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to use geocomputation and econometrics to measure the on-farm benefits and costs of conservation practice adoption using methods for causal inference and program evaluation. This will entail close collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and will be conducted in partnership with the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). It is expected that the postdoc will work in Washington, DC with one or both of these agencies for several cumulative weeks over the course of the project. The postdoc will be under the direct supervision of Professor Ben Gramig at UIUC, and will work with professors Gary Schnitkey (UIUC) and Seong Yun (Mississippi State University), as well as Dr. Laura Gentry (adjunct faculty UIUC; director of water quality research, Illinois Corn Growers Association).

The position offers a competitive base salary plus benefits, and includes annual funding to support the candidate’s professional development by attending conferences and presenting their own research. The Dept. of ACE at UIUC (ace.illinois.edu) provides a stimulating environment for research and professional development with leading agricultural and environmental economists on the faculty, multiple weekly seminar series spanning the full range of applied economics topics, hosts the annual Heartland Workshop in Environmental and Resource Economics (https://publish.illinois.edu/heartland/), and is a comprehensive tier I research university.

Scope of Work

  • Construct new data sets that combine weather and site resource information (i.e. soils) from publicly available data sources with USDA survey data that includes farm and operator characteristics, crop yields, input costs and conservation practice adoption
  • Estimate models for causal inference of the effect of conservation practice adoption (or a system of individual conservation practices) on crop yield and input costs
  • Construct maps and tabular statistics to summarize and report overall findings and differentiate region-specific findings about: (i) the sign and magnitude of the effect of adopting different practices on crop yield and input costs; and (ii) the rate of adoption of individual practices and systems of practices by crop or crop rotation
  • Calculate estimated yield and cost effect information for use in NRCS conservation practice payment scenarios
  • Fully document data acquisition, processing and storage consistent with reproducible research protocols, inclusive of programming code to implement econometric estimations
  • Synthesize the literature, and write data, methods and results for peer-reviewed journal publication
  • Co-author publications and present research at conferences and to funding agency to report findings

Required Qualifications

  • Earned PhD in agricultural economics, applied economics, economics or econometrics/statistics within the past 5 years
  • Demonstrated experience working with geospatial data to produce data sets suitable for econometric analysis, either directly inside a statistical/econometric package such as R or using a GIS in tandem with a software package for econometric analysis
  • Strong programming skills in R, python or a similar language
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills

Desired qualifications

  • Experience applying modern micro-econometric techniques to perform policy or program evaluation
  • Experience using R and/or GIS software for geospatial data processing and/or analysis
  • Familiarity with agricultural production and/or conservation practices
  • Knowledge of USDA conservation programs

To apply, email the following items to bgramig@illinois.edu with the subject POSTDOC:
(i) a cover letter explaining how your experience qualifies you and why you are interested in the position;
(ii) your CV including PhD degree date;
(iii) names and contact information for three (3) professional references; and
(iv) a professional writing sample that illustrates the required/desired qualifications for the position.

If you have experience developing and contributing programming codes and/or other related resources to CRAN, GitHub or another online data or software repository, please include this information in your CV or other application materials.

This position remains open until filled with an anticipated start date on or before January 2019.

Proof of doctoral degree is required to begin employment. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics – University of Kentucky

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Economics College of Agriculture, Food and Environment University of Kentucky

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics (Regional Economics and/or Community Economic Development)

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track position in the Regular Title Series with an approximate start date of August 1, 2019. The distribution of effort is approximately 65% research, 30% teaching, and 5% service. The candidate should have an interest in conducting policy-relevant research in regional economics, community economic development, or related fields such as health economics with a particular focus on rural areas of the United States.

The successful candidate is expected to: 1) develop a nationally recognized research program evidenced by publications in leading peer-reviewed scholarly journals; 2) successfully attract external funding to support research efforts, including funding of graduate students; 3) demonstrate a commitment to working with teams of researchers on interdisciplinary research problems including working with the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK); 4) direct MS and PhD student research; 5) contribute to the multi-functional, land-grant mission of the Department through outreach and engagement efforts with community stakeholders; and 6) exhibit excellence in classroom instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in agricultural economics, economics, or a closely related field with an emphasis on regional economics and/or community economic development. Other qualifications include the ability to conduct high-level independent research, direct graduate student research, and effectively teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are required as are strong quantitative skills. Spatial econometric skills are preferred, but not required.

LOCATION: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary and fringe benefits are competitive with those of other leading land-grant universities.

APPLICATION: Application can be made online at https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/203880 and requires a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, contact information for three references, and a job paper. Applications will be reviewed beginning December 7, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Department of Agricultural Economics please visit http://agecon.ca.uky.edu/.

The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity university. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and all interested and qualified people. The EEO

Coordinator is Tim West, S-105 Agricultural Science North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.

Contact:

Dr. Alison Davis
Search Committee Chair
Department of Agricultural Economics 411 C.E. Barnhart Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0276 859-257-7260
Alison.Davis@uky.edu

NARSC 2018 Conference App

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Faculty Position – UNC Charlotte

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Environmental Health.  For more information click here.

Faculty Position Openings at University of Nebraska Omaha

The University of Nebraska Omaha is hiring two faculty positions:

http://unomaha.peopleadmin.com/postings/7255

http://unomaha.peopleadmin.com/postings/6889

Assistant Professor – Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Urban Planning and Public Policy

Rutgers is looking to hire a tenure track faculty position in Urban Planning and Public Policy.  See link below.

https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/76029

Call For Abstracts – World Bank Annual Conference Land and Poverty

The World Bank is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 20th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty to be held March 25 – 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. The theme is “Catalyzing Innovation”. The Conference structure and priority themes can be found on the conference website.

Please submit by October 12, 2018 your abstract for oral presentation of an individual paper, poster, or MasterClass for the learning day on March 29.

Abstract submission is possible onlyvia Conftool. Kindly consult the guidelines on how to create a new user account, submit an abstract for an individual paper and submit an abstract for a poster.

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