Assistant or Associate Professor, Economics

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Economics at the University of Denver (DU) currently has seven tenure-line faculty, three teaching-line faculty, and in recent years between one and two visiting teaching faculty. It is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ( As reflected in both their instructions and research, our faculty have a somewhat broader view of what economics is about than is found in the average Economics program in the US. We encourage students not to take in received knowledge as the truth but to examine it critically. The Department thus offers a curriculum that emphasizes the understanding of the workings of the social apparatus which governs the production and distribution of goods and services, and of how economic theories have developed over time to address various topics covered in Economics. We present alternative perspectives on the historical and present-day relevance of our material, employing more primary sources and larger reading assignments than one finds in the typical US economics curriculum. Our approach lends itself quite readily to emphasizing the importance of writing and critical thinking, instead of merely mechanically acquiring quantitative skills.

Position Summary

The Department of Economics will seek to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor starting September 2022. We are seeking a heterodox economist doing research in the areas of economic development and / or international trade, with a focus on gender in either area. Candidates must show promise of distinction in research and publications in these fields and must also show promise of excellent teaching ability in the areas they offer, as well as in our introductory courses “Economics: A Critical Introduction” (ECON 1020) and/or “Introduction to Micro- and Macroeconomics” (ECON 1030). Teaching these courses requires familiarity with economic history, the history of economic thought, philosophy of social science, and heterodox as well as mainstream perspectives on economic theory and policy. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically diverse populations. The teaching load is five courses spread over three quarters.

Essential Functions

  • Teach five 4-hour courses per year over three 10-week quarters (autumn, winter and spring) that reflect the candidate’s areas of specialization in economic development and / or international trader, with a specific focus on gender, and which reflect a knowledge of general Economics commensurate with someone who has studied the subject at the doctoral level. The courses will range from undergraduate to graduate (MA) level and may include courses contributing to DU’s General Education curriculum.
  • Supervise some MA theses, and advise both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Conduct economic research, at least some results of which have to be publishable in refereed journals, or in of books or monographs. The primary research areas should be economic development and / or international trade, with a focus on gender in either area.
  • Serve as a good academic citizen within the Department, the Economics profession, DU and the community beyond by serving on various committees or community panels or forums.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Candidates should be conducting research in economic development and / or international trade, with a focus on gender in either area. Preference will be given to candidates whose work is informed by the history of economic thought. Candidates are expected to contribute to the compositional and/or intellectual diversity of our department, and to the advancement of Inclusive Excellence through teaching, research and service.

Required Qualifications

For Assistant Professor position:

  • At least ABD in Economics or a related discipline at the time of application. If ABD, the candidate will be employed as instructor until the Ph.D. degree is completed no later than August 2022.
  • At least 20 hours per week in one quarter (10 weeks)/semester (15 weeks) experience in teaching Economics at the college level, including experience acquired as a teaching assistant with at least a half teaching position.
  • Evidence of an emerging research agenda on economic development and / or international trade with a focus on gender that shows promise for some scholarly publications.

For Associate Professor position:

  • Ph.D. in Economics or a related discipline.
  • At least three 9-month academic years of full-time teaching experience at the college level.
  • Evidence of an established research agenda and scholarly publications in the areas of economic development and / or international trade with a focus on gender.

Preferred Qualifications

For Assistant Professor position:

  • Ph.D. in Economics or a related discipline.
  • Experience in teaching economics as an instructor (rather than a teaching assistant) at the college level.
  • Evidence of a research agenda on economic development and / or international trade with a focus on gender that has resulted in some scholarly publication(s).

For Associate Professor position:

  • Other relevant degrees and/or certificates.
  • Evidence of a well-established research agenda on economic development and / or international trade with a focus on gender that has resulted in scholarly publications in refereed journals, or in the forms of books or monographs.
  • Evidence of funding and grants for scholarly research.
  • Evidence of experience in directed student learning activities such as supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate level theses or dissertations.

Application Deadline
Applications received by November 21st, 2021 will receive best consideration. Applications received after this date may not be reviewed. 

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for an Assistant Professor is $75,000-$85,000. The salary range for a new or recent Associate Professor (expected fewer than 5 years at rank) is $92,000-$97,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter
3. Job Market Paper
4. Research Statement outlining candidate’s research program
5. Teaching Statement covering both teaching philosophy and experience
6. Statement on the candidate’s connection to and knowledge of heterodox economics, and how that connection is reflected in their scholarly work and teaching
7. Statement on how the candidate supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through their scholarly work and teaching
8. References will be contacted at point of application submission to upload letter of recommendation via a link provided by the system

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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