The Department of Economics and Business at Southwestern University invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor of Economics positions beginning August 2024. Successful candidates will teach our Principles of Economics course, in our First-Year Seminar program, and offer upper-level courses in Economics that would have broad appeal to majors in Business and in Economics. Those may include but are not limited to International Economics, Environmental Economics, and Development. In addition, each candidate needs to speak to their interest in teaching either Intermediate Macroeconomics or Finance. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and a willingness to foster undergraduate research through supervising students on empirical projects as part of independent studies, honors and capstone projects. Candidates are also encouraged to demonstrate their experience or interest in connecting their research and teaching to other disciplines or to our existing interdisciplinary programs (Data Analytics, International Studies, Environmental Studies, Feminist Studies, and Race and Ethnicity Studies.) Our programs aim to develop skills in data analysis and, therefore, applicants should have an empirical research agenda using applied econometric methods. An active research program is critical. The typical teaching load is five courses per year. Campus-wide responsibilities include advising students and university service.

The Economics and Business Department and Southwestern University are committed to recruiting candidates who both excel in teaching and research/creative work and can best serve our diverse student population. As of the fall 2022 semester, 36% of students enrolled at Southwestern are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and we are committed to further increasing and supporting the diversity of our students, faculty and curriculum. The Department seeks candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to, and will take an active role in, enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the University, including fostering a sense of community and belonging for students. In your application materials, please include specific and detailed information about how you have worked to enhance diversity and inclusion through your teaching practices, research, and/or service experiences within the college or university setting.

To apply, candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio

  • a cover letter that speaks to their desire to teach in a liberal arts setting
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a job market paper
  • a brief statement of teaching philosophy including a statement of how you plan to engage a diverse student population
  • a list of courses you are interested in teaching
  • teaching evaluations, if available
  • a research statement including how undergraduates can be involved in your research
  • three confidential letters of reference (letter writers will receive an email allowing them to directly upload the letter into Interfolio); at least one of the reference letters should address teaching aptitude.

Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received before November 15. We will interview candidates starting on January 3 to coincide with the ASSA Annual Meeting.

Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) is a selective undergraduate residential liberal arts institution located in the greater Austin area. Established in 1840, Southwestern enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student–faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The university provides a highly interdisciplinary and holistic education that values high-impact learning experiences, such as study abroad, internships, and faculty-student research. A member of the recently formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, Southwestern is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia. Additional information about the university can be found at our website:

Southwestern University is committed to inclusive excellence that provides access and support, enables participation, and removes barriers so that all people within our community are empowered and can thrive in a campus that is welcoming and validating. Inclusion is the deliberate effort to create an environment in which people from all backgrounds - including but not limited to people of color (race, ethnicity, nationality), sex, sexual identity, gender identity, age, physical and mental disabilities, socioeconomic status, religion, immigrants, and the intersection of these identities - are not only included but welcomed, valued, respected, considered, and supported within our community. People from marginalized (i.e., devalued) and/or minoritized (i.e, underrepresented) groups are heard, seen, respected and accepted in all aspects of our community.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time appointment begins. Sponsorship for an employment-based visa may be an option depending upon university needs and the applicant’s qualifications.

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