Assistant / Associate Professor of Economics
Work type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois
Title: Assistant / Associate Professor of Economics
Division Name: Academic Affairs
College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Campus Location: Normal, IL
The Department of Economics at Illinois State University invites applications for one tenure-track assistant or associate professor to begin August 16, 2024. We are seeking qualified candidates in Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, and/or Regulatory Economics.
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in various areas, including introductory courses in principles of microeconomics, elective courses in environmental economics and energy economics, and graduate-level courses in the Electricity, Natural Gas, and Telecommunications Economics (ENGTE) sequence.
A successful candidate will be expected to support recruitment into the economics major and supervise student research. We are particularly interested in applicants with a demonstrated interest in mentoring first-generation students and those from other traditionally under-represented groups. A successful candidate will pursue scholarly activities, including publishing in high-quality academic journals and submitting external grants (as relevant to their field), as well as provide service to the Department, College, University, profession, and community.
Candidates will have the opportunity to actively engage with the Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies (IRPS), a non-profit organization that performs research on regulatory economics and the regulated industries, organizes conferences to educate and outreach to the regulatory community in the Midwest, and supports graduate students in the Electricity, Natural Gas, and Telecommunications Economics sequence. The Institute is jointly funded by the University and membership dues from external organizations (current membership includes Ameren, Commonwealth Edison, Constellation, Illinois American Water, MISO, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, PJM Interconnection). The Institute provides a critical link between Illinois State University and the telecommunications, electric power, and natural gas industries, and it directly supports the graduate program through graduate assistant positions, internship placements, state-level workshops, grants for faculty-student coauthored research projects, and connecting students, academics, regulators, consumer advocates, and the industry.
The Department emphasizes excellence in innovative instruction and research. Candidates looking for a balanced experience for great teaching and strong research are especially encouraged to apply.
The Department of Economics has built a strong reputation for scholarly work, with faculty members undertaking empirical research in their respective fields of expertise: labor economics, macroeconomics, industrial organization, economic development, applied econometrics, health economics, economics of education, international trade, and financial economics. The Department expects faculty to be actively engaged with the profession through publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and book chapters, presentations in academic conferences and in invited (external) seminars, refereeing for academic journals, and submission and receipt of competitive external grant funding. Faculty members have been consistently productive, averaging 2.5 publications, 2.3 presentations, and 7.2 referee reports per faculty per year between 2014 and 2022.
The Department offers B.A./B.S. degrees in two sequences (General Economics and Managerial Economics) and one minor in the discipline. The Department offers STEM-designated M.A./M.S. in Applied Economics degree, with five sequences; a general sequence that trains students in quantitative and applied economic skills across different fields (i.e., economic development, health economics, international economics, labor economics, public finance) and four specialized sequences in applied economics (Electricity, Natural Gas, and Telecommunications Economics; Applied Community and Economic Development; Financial Economics; Quantitative Economics).
The Department has approximately 90 undergraduate students, 40 graduate students, 9 tenure-track, and 4 non-tenure-track faculty members.
The Department hosts the Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies (IRPS), which functions administratively under an Executive Director who oversees a Director of Outreach and a Director of Research. The Department is also a co-sponsor of the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, which provides internships and assistantships for students in the Applied Community and Economic Development sequence.
Illinois State University
Illinois State University http://www.illinoisstate.edu, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan, Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also, visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (http://illinoisstate.edu/pointsofpride/).
Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and citizens’ high educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located one block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (http://visitbn.org/).
Salary Rate / Pay Rate
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
1) Candidates will have a Ph.D. in Economics, or a related field, by August 16, 2024.
2) Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.
Proposed Starting Date
August 16, 2024
Required Applicant Documents
1) Letter of application,
2) Curriculum vitae,
3) Statement of teaching philosophy and, when applicable, teaching evaluations,
4) Research statement,
5) Job market paper,
6) Statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and
7) Names and contact details of three references.
Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"
Special Instructions for Applicants
For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2023.
Review of applications will begin immediately after and continue until the position is filled.
Contact Information for Applicants
Important Information for Applicants
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