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The Department of Economics at the University of Connecticut ( invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Economics.  This position is one of six positions in a cluster hire currently being conducted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the area of Social Aspects of Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities. The cluster hire involves one position in each of the following departments: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Geography, Human Development and Family Sciences, and Sociology.

Faculty hired as part of the cluster will have opportunities to collaborate within and across departments in the cluster, as well as opportunities for connections to other research-intensive centers and institutes across the University, including the Health Disparities Institute, the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), the Human Rights Institute, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.  The College is also home to a vibrant collective of Institutes and Programs engaged in anti-racism scholarship, area studies, and intersectional struggles against oppression, including Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, El Instituto, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  This hiring initiative builds on the investment of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in research, teaching, and outreach focused on health disparities, including an earlier cluster hire that brought several exciting scholars to UConn.

The successful candidates will exhibit a genuine, demonstrated interest in scholarship on Social Aspects of Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities. Candidates are expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high-quality publications in top-tier venues, externally funded research, and mentoring of graduate students. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will highlight a commitment to equity and be expected to: broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement multiple perspectives as the foundation of a rich learning experience; integrate diverse experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and/or provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse populations and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree (or equivalent foreign degree) completed in Economics or another related field by position start date.
  2. Teaching experience or demonstrated capacity to teach courses with documentation of a commitment to teaching.
  3. A strong record of scholarly productivity in the area of Social Aspects of Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities.
  4. The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the Department and College.
  5. Effective communication skills (both written and oral).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated history of or potential for external research funding.
  2. Experience teaching courses relevant to health disparities.
  3. Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching and/or mentoring a diverse student population.
  4. Ability to engage productively with faculty across disciplines.

Appointment Terms

The cluster hire positions are full-time, 9-month, tenure track positions with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidates’ academic appointments will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience as well as disciplinary norms.

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