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Assistant Teaching Professor in Economics

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Department: College of Business
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Business, Economics

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The College of Business at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor in Economics. The position requires teaching undergraduate economic courses and significant involvement with teaching and student focused service, including program coordination, curriculum development, and student recruitment and retention efforts. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in Applied Environmental Economics and must be able to teach a wide variety of courses, including Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, Mathematical Economics, Principles of Economics, and Economic Decision Analysis. A PhD in Economics is desirable but exceptional candidates with a master’s degree and candidates near completion of their PhD will be considered.

Required Statement: Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Must be able to teach a diverse portfolio of undergraduate economic courses, including Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics, and large sections of Principles of Economics and Economic Decision Analysis.

Must be significantly involved with teaching and student focused service at the university, college, and program levels. This includes program coordination, curriculum development, and contributing to activities that support the mission of growing the program, such as mentoring students, participating in recruitment activities, advising student organizations, and engaging with alumni and industry.

Must contribute to the life and culture of the college and program by engaging students inside and outside of the classroom.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Master’s degree in economics or a related field

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

One year of teaching economics courses at the college level.

A record of pedagogical achievement and teaching excellence (corresponding to rank and experience), which could include innovative teaching strategies, curriculum development, and creativity relevant to instruction.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Ph.D. in Economics or a related field.
Two or more years of teaching undergraduate economics courses.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Expertise in Applied Environmental Economics.

Must be able to teach a variety of classes, including Principles of Economics, Economic Decision Analysis, Mathematical Economics, and Environmental Economics.

A record of service activities (corresponding to rank and experience), which may include professional service, community service, university service, or student-oriented service.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Teaching experience in at least one of the following areas is desired:

  • Environmental Economics
  • Economic Decision Analysis
  • Energy Economics
  • Mathematical Economics

Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applications are to be submitted online at

For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by December 5, 2023.  

Applicants will need to upload the following documents:
● Cover Letter that describes ongoing teaching interests and service activities
● Curriculum Vitae
● A list of References specific to teaching abilities and experience
● A one-page summary statement describing teaching experience and philosophy.
● A one-page summary statement discussing teaching effectiveness and teaching evaluations across courses and modalities.

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter along with an explanation of how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.

Additional Information

For more information on the College of Business, please visit,

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. 

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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