Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics

Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics
Colorado State University

Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics Colorado State University

Title and Specialization:

Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Specialization in Natural Resource Economics

JEL Classifications:

Q2 Renewable Resources and Conservation
Q3 Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
Q4 Energy
C6 Mathematical Methods; Programming Models: Mathematical and Simulation Modeling

Location and administrative home:

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Description of Responsibilities:

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is seeking an Assistant Professor in Natural Resource Economics. The successful applicant will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in natural resource economics, quantitative methods, and economic theory. The individual will also advise graduate students, conduct applied research and contribute to interdisciplinary efforts related to natural resource issues in Colorado. The incumbent will contribute resource economic analysis to the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences’ Strategic Initiatives. Publication in highly ranked refereed journals and other outlets, securing external funding, and service to the University, profession, and society are expected. Prior to the tenure decision, the incumbent will develop and lead a widely recognized applied research program on issues of importance to Colorado and the profession. The initial appointment will have responsibilities weighted approximately 40% teaching, 50% research, and 10% service.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in applied economics or a closely related field. The degree must be completed by Aug 1, 2013.
  • Specialization in natural resource economics.
  • Command of the theory and methods in the field of natural resource economics including, but not limited to, appropriate modeling of the utilization of natural resources, dynamic optimization techniques and practices, and institutional dimensions of these problems.
  • Demonstrated quality research productivity.
  • Demonstrated ability or interest in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Ability and interest to participate in teaching, research and outreach relevant to Colorado resource issues such as land use, forestry, minerals, energy, water, recreation, tourism and wildlife.
  • Willingness and ability to contribute to one or more of the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences Strategic Initiatives.
  • Willingness and ability to secure contract and grant funding.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Facility with quantitative methods in environmental economics, including non-market valuation and benefit-cost analysis, and their application to real world economic decisions and policies.
  • Ability and interest to participate in teaching, research and outreach related to geographic information systems (GIS) and/or spatial econometric techniques in applied economic analysis.
  • A supporting field or specialization in (International, Regional, or Community) Development Economics or Public Finance/Policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to disseminate applied research results to traditional and non-traditional audiences, including local, state and federal technical staff, elected officials and private industry.
  • Professional experience in the private sector or public sector outside of education.

Effective Date:

The position is available as an annual 9-month tenure track appointment beginning August 12, 2013.


Competitive and based upon professional credentials and experience.

Application deadline:

Applications received by November 9, 2012 are guaranteed full consideration. Applications received after that date will be accepted until the position is filled. Once the search committee has identified semi-finalists, departmental faculty will have access to their application materials. We will interview short-listed candidates at the ASSA meetings 4-5 January, 2013, in San Diego.


All interested persons are encouraged to apply. Please submit: a letter of application, a copy of your (unofficial) graduate transcripts, a one-page research agenda (5 yr time horizon), any evidence of teaching performance, and a Curriculum Vitae. In a separate file, please send one representative research paper. Electronic submissions are preferred. In addition, please have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Chair, Search Committee
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523-1172

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