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Director, Political Economy Research Institute, Tenure-Track Faculty

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To Apply: Submit online application, providing all required information, and include all required document attachments to be considered as an applicant to the posting. If you need assistance in applying please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128. If you have position specific questions, please contact Dr. David Foote at

Posting Information

Posting Information

Position Number 821010
Requisition Number F216
Job Title Director, Political Economy Research Institute, Tenure-Track Faculty
Department College of Business
College Business
University Expectations

Excellence in teaching, research/creative activities, and service is expected for all positions. MTSU seeks candidates committed to using integrative technologies in teaching.

Job Description

The Political Economy Research Institute at Middle Tennessee State University invites applications for the position of Director. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track position at the Associate or Professor rank. Tenure upon appointment possible. The position begins as early as November 1, 2017.

MTSU is an R3 institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation (Doctoral University—Moderate Research Activity), with over 22,000 students, located in Murfreesboro, 35 miles southeast of Nashville, the Tennessee state capital. The university offers, through eight colleges and 39 academic departments, baccalaureate instruction in the liberal and fine arts, the sciences, education, business, media and entertainment, and a variety of other fields. Graduate programs are offered at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. MTSU is a vibrant institution with a commitment to diversity, valuing excellence in teaching and fostering initiatives in research and public service. Murfreesboro, one of the 10th fastest growing cities in America, is part of a dynamic region offering a varied economic base, a high quality of life, a cost of living that is below the national average, and easy access to many cultural and recreational attractions.

Established in late 2016, the Political Economy Research Institute is a joint venture between the Jennings A. Jones College of Business ( and the University Honors College ( The mission of the institute is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in research that will further the understanding of free market business and economic principles, as well as their impact on regional, national, and international financial conditions and the well-being of society. The Director’s position will be the first hired for the new institute.

The Institute will be housed in the Department of Economics and Finance in the Jones College. The department offers BBA degrees in economics and finance, an MA in Economics, an MS in Finance, and a PhD in Economics. The department also provides support for the MBA program.

The primary area of research/teaching interest desired for the Director is economics, with particular emphasis on public choice theory.

The Director should be an accomplished leader in the academic community. Through teaching, research, service and administration, the Director will provide leadership to the Political Economy Research Institute and energize the campus by attracting national attention to MTSU.

The Director will:
• Engage in innovative, engaged teaching, particularly in the University Honors College;
• Facilitate cutting-edge research that is publishable in major scholarly journals with the potential to impact public policy decisions;
• Organize and host workshops/conferences that attract top scholars studying in areas relevant to the institute;
• Assist in the supervision and evaluation of honors theses;
• Recruit students and faculty for research opportunities funded by the institute;
• Collaborate with educational and professional colleagues in political economy and related fields to foster a stronger connection between these disciplines and MTSU;
• Administer the institute’s budget, human resources, and relationships with other internal and external stakeholders;
• Follow university processes in hiring in order to staff the institute.
• Promote the institute’s activities, in cooperation with the Office of Marketing and Communications, to create a strong national reputation for the institute;
• Collaborate with development personnel and the Office of Research in fundraising, developing grant proposals, and undertaking outreach efforts;
• Provide leadership to help the University fulfill its goals and commitments to quality and to maintaining a student-centered environment.

Required Education

A doctoral degree in economics or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment.

Required Related Experience
Required License/Registration/Certification


Other Desirable

Applicants with experience as a director or associate/assistant director of a major research center will receive special consideration.

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience. Additionally, MTSU provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:

  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings programs that include your choice of two plans as well as three deferred compensation savings plans
  • An Employee Assistance Program
  • Educational Assistance Programs
  • Sick leave
  • Optional or voluntary benefits, including a flexible spending account, long-term disability, long-term care insurance, and cancer and intensive care insurance
Job Open Date 08/24/2017
Job Review Date for Optimal Consideration 10/02/2017
Is this position Grant Funded? Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

To Apply: Submit online application, providing all required information, and include all required document attachments to be considered as an applicant to the posting.

If you need assistance in applying please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Dr. David Foote at

Additional Information

If selected for an on-campus interview, applicants should then request official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees be sent directly to the academic department prior to the interview.

Likewise, you will be required to provide names and contact information for three recommenders (external to MTSU) during your application to the posting. If you are approved for the candidate pool, our online hiring system will automatically generate solicitation for these letters using contact information you provided. The letters must be current and specific to the job posting and may not be provided from a general dossier.

Applications received by posted Review Date will receive full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Employment Information

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Job Category Faculty - Tenure Track
Job Type Full Time
Academic Resources

Reference Letters

Reference Letters

Accept References Yes
Minimum Requests 3
Maximum Requests 5
Last Day a Reference Provider Can Submit Reference 04/30/2018
Special Instructions to Reference Provider

Recommendation letters should be submitted via a uniquely assigned link and per the instructions included in the solicitation letter that will be automatically generated if/when the recommendations are required. Generic letters stored on a third party site will not be accepted.

Letters should be addressed to:
Dr. David Foote
Associate Dean
Jones College of Business
Middle Tennessee State University

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a sexual offender or violent sexual offender as defined by T.C.A. 40-39-202?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • MTSU Jobs
    • State Office of Employment Services
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Friend/Employee
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research/Creative Activities
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Other Document 2