Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Applied Economics – Cluster Hire


The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a fulltime, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with a teaching and research focus on the economics of water resources. This position is part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative that aims to further build the vibrant community of water scholars at UW-Madison. There is also the option of co-appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The Nelson Institute is an interdisciplinary division of the University with faculty from across campus involved in interdisciplinary educational research, teaching, and outreach. The Institute administers the campus’ Master’s in Water Resources Management, among numerous other programs. The position is an academic (nine-month) faculty appointment. View further information regarding the cluster initiative. Tenure home will be determined at time of hire.

Principal Duties

The successful candidate will conduct research and teach undergraduate and graduate courses (current teaching load is two courses per year) and serve as an advisor to graduate and undergraduate students. We seek an economist with the quantitative and empirical skills needed to contribute to the Department’s core missions in applied economics, who is also interested in contributing to multidisciplinary programs in water science. This position carries a commitment to the three functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank. In addition, the person hired will actively contribute to the cluster through research, teaching, and interaction with the Water@UW community.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Institutional Statement on Diversity

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

Degree and Area of Specialization

  • PhD in economics, agricultural economics, or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated excellence in applied economics.
  • Commitment to develop an academic program on the economics of water resources.

Additional Information

Please contact Professor Corbett Grainger at with position related questions.

  • UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
  • We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
  • A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus’ interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are core values of Agricultural and Applied Economics department students, staff, and faculty. We are committed to building and cultivating a community built on these values and expect our faculty to be active participants in this ongoing process. Successful candidates will demonstrate how they will contribute to and support a climate of diversity and inclusion in our department through their research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service. All applicants will include a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of their application package. This statement may include such items as diversity, equity, and inclusion activities candidates have participated in or led, classroom and teaching practices, and/or personal and lived experiences, but is in no way limited to this list. Please limit this statement to no more than one page.

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