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The University of Virginia’s Department of Economics of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences invites applications for the newly established James H. and Elizabeth W. Wright Jefferson Scholars Foundation Distinguished Professorship at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (the position is with tenure; the distinguished professorship is a five year renewable term). We are interested in candidates working in labor economics who demonstrate excellence in the application of cutting-edge methods to questions across subfields such as the economics of education, aging, immigration, crime, search models, inequality, race or discrimination. Applicants should be established national and international leaders in the field, with highly influential publications along with an outstanding record of teaching undergraduates and advising Ph.D. students in their research.

We seek candidates dedicated to our mission and passionate about teaching in a world-class institution. Candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and provide service to the Department, professional organizations, the university, and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation by serving on Foundation selection committees, attending Foundation events, and helping the Jefferson Scholars Foundation recruit Scholars and Fellows.

The Department aims to recruit faculty dedicated to building and extending a top-tier research portfolio, including developing external funding to support research endeavors. The Department of Economics is eager to attract ambitious scholars eager to work together and build on the intellectually vibrant community for economists at the University.

We encourage applications of racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, individuals who identify with LGBTQ+ communities, individuals from lower-income backgrounds, and/or first-generation college graduates.

Review of applications will begin October 24, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

The anticipated appointment start date will be Fall 2023.

To Apply

** Please note: All candidates must apply online. Paper and emailed applications will not be considered.**
** Please note all required documents must be uploaded in the ‘Resume’ box**
**Applications that do not have all required documentation will not receive full consideration**

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0040510.
Complete an application online with the following documents:
• Cover letter of application describing (a) areas of research and teaching interest (b) potential research collaborations; (c) your demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or working with diverse populations (not to exceed three single spaced pages).
• Current curriculum vitae;
• The recently published paper or a working paper that is currently under review or ready for submission; and
• Contact information for four references (**Note: we will not reach out to references without your prior approval**).

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Melanie Sponaugle, Faculty Search Advisor at Questions about this position should be directed to Leora Friedberg at

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Education: Ph.D. or terminal degree.
Experience: Three years

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