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Resource Economics - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Resource Economics
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region. 


Job Description

The Department of Resource Economics invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position, expected to start on September 1, 2022.  Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.  Applicants should have a research focus in the area of Health Economics.  Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses in Microeconomics, Econometrics, Managerial Economics, and/or Health Economics.  This position is intended to add to the growing Health Economics research area within the Department.  The new hire is expected to develop a nationally recognized research agenda and to become a core member of the new field of Health Economics within the Department.  A wide range of interdisciplinary research opportunities are available across the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, including through the Computational Social Sciences Initiative and the Institute for Social Science Research.



Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Agricultural/Resource/Applied Economics, Economics, Econometrics or a related field as of September 1, 2022.  Applicants with an Applied Microeconomics and Applied Econometrics research focus, specifically in the area of Health Economics will be given preference. Research complementarities with the department’s other focus areas will also be considered.


Additional Information

The Department of Resource Economics has approximately 20 faculty, 400 undergraduate majors, and 25 graduate students.  We place special emphasis on high quality research, faculty-student interaction, and cooperation among faculty.  We share a fundamental commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.

The University is part of the 5-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.  The five local colleges anchor a series of townships surrounded by rural farms and contribute to excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities.  Additionally, we are 90 miles from Boston, 160 miles from New York City, and 45 miles from the nearest international airport (in Hartford, CT).


Applicant Instructions

Applicants are required to apply through the UMass online application system, unless unable to do so.


Applicants should submit:

  1. A letter of interest addressed to Professor John Spraggon, Chair, Department of Resource Economics, Stockbridge Hall, 80 Campus Center Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01002 USA
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. One recent research paper
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  5. Names and contact information for three references who are willing to submit letters upon request, through the UMass online applicant tracking system


In addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses: the candidate’s skills, experiences and commitment to teaching and mentoring diverse and historically underrepresented student populations; professional service that assists in achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity; and how the candidate’s past or future research addresses fundamental questions important to a diverse and global society.


Review of the applications will begin on November 22, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.  We will be conducting preliminary interviews remotely in early January 2022.  Inquiries should be sent to



The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.


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