Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri

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Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology – Food Policy Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS), College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), and Truman School of Public Affairs

University of Missouri


The Department of Rural Sociology in the Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS), and Truman School of Public Affairs, jointly seek applications and nominations for a tenure-track assistant professor position (tenure home in Rural Sociology) to support their research and teaching programs. The focus of the position is on food policy, from local to global scales. Candidates should demonstrate how their interests complement the general emphasis areas: in Rural Sociology on sustainable development, food and agriculture, organization/communities, consumption, and natural resources/environment, and in the Truman School on public policy and management. Applicants must demonstrate potential to contribute to scholarship and a research trajectory suitable for garnering extramural support, and are expected to publish in high quality journals relevant to their emphasis areas, sustainable development and public policy. We encourage applicants who work at the intersections of basic and applied interdisciplinary research and can participate in domestic and/or international programs to improve food security, health, and well-being.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Offer high quality courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Publish in high quality journals in the social sciences.
  • Attract external funds to support their research program.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Advise graduate students in Masters and PhD programs.
  • Serve on department/division, college and university committees.

Required qualifications:

  •  A PhD in sociology, rural sociology, or any other relevant social science discipline.
  • Evidence of effective scholarship.
  • Evidence of potential for teaching excellence and commitment to teaching.
  • Evidence of the ability to develop strong research and teaching programs that complement existing faculty interests.
  • Potential to secure extramural funding in support of a research and scholarship program.
  • Commitment to a collaborative approach.

There is considerable potential for research and applied analysis of food policy at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. This position is uniquely situated to create an interdisciplinary program whose point of departure is a focus on food policy, and its relationships to food security, health, sustainability, and other issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential to engage in research, teaching and translational outreach on the diverse linkages between food policy and human well-being. The addition of a faculty member in the Department of Rural Sociology with expertise in food policy will add to existing faculty strength in areas of food security, sustainable agriculture, and community development. The Truman School is looking to complement current strengths in social policy, education policy and health policy.

The Department of Rural Sociology is part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS), an interdisciplinary division which includes multiple social, behavioral and economic science departments, as well as nationally recognized policy and applied research centers including the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), Community Policy Analysis Center (CPAC), the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) and the Office for Social and Economic Development Analysis (OSEDA). The Department of Rural Sociology works closely with community development extension state and regional specialists, some of whom hold faculty appointments in the department, and with Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension. An additional extension program centered in the department is Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture.

Rural Sociology offers an undergraduate minor and three graduate degrees. The Professional Master of Science degree is the principal Masters degree; this program is designed to prepare students for positions in the public and private sectors in policy analysis. The Master of Science degree prepares students for doctoral training. The Doctor of Philosophy, with its focus on sustainable development, is primarily a research degree intended for those who plan to pursue a career in academic institutions, public- or private-sector organizations in research and/or planning, administrative leadership positions, non-profit organizations, or as a consultant in specialized research or policy analysis.

The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs offers two graduate degree programs (MPA and Ph.D.) and five graduate certificates. All are designed to prepare graduates for professional careers in public affairs. The Truman School provides an interdisciplinary intellectual environment and currently employs more than twenty faculty and houses numerous research centers and institutes including the Institute for Public Policy, the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), and the Community Policy Analysis Center.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE – Applicants should provide: an application letter highlighting key areas of strength in the applicants background and summarizing the applicants fit with the position; current CV; contact information for at least four professional references; examples of scholarly work (eg, publications, papers presented at professional meetings); experience related to teaching (eg, courses taught, statement of teaching philosophy, summary of student evaluations, course outlines).

Go to to submit an application. Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Dr. Sandy Rikoon, Chair, Search Committee Food Policy position, 121 Gentry Hall, Department of Rural Sociology, Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211,, 573-882-0861.Screening of applications will begin October 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Official transcripts will be required for any candidate offered the position. The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To request ADA accommodations, please contact our ADA coordinator.