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Job Posting -- UVM Extension Assistant Professor of Community and Economic Development

The University of Vermont is hiring an Extension Assistant Professor of Community and Economic Development. Details below and online at University of Vermont Employment Opportunities | Extension Assistant Professor ( Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is recruiting for an exciting career opportunity as an Extension Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will join us in growing and building our research and programming capacity in Community and Economic Development.

This is a union represented 12-month position, with a base appointment of 0.80 FTE with the opportunity to increase to 1.0 FTE through grants. This role will focus on conducting applied research, education, and outreach with local communities, leaders, and entrepreneurs, resulting in social, environmental, and economic benefit to stakeholders.

The disciplinary emphasis is open and could focus on one or two of the following topics, not listed in order of preference: business viability, community engagement, entrepreneurship, fostering welcoming communities, housing development, land use planning, outdoor recreation, public infrastructure financing, risk management, rural migration, social and economic justice, tourism, workforce development, and other programmatic emphases.

We are especially interested in candidates who can grow and lead a statewide extension program based on sustaining and strengthening Vermont communities with an emphasis on southwestern Vermont (Bennington and Rutland Counties).

The successful candidate will provide educational outreach, technical assistance, and program leadership that builds citizens’ capacity to identify goals and develop systems to implement those goals. We specifically desire an emphasis on addressing the experiences of underrepresented individuals. The position requires technical expertise in program development, implementation, and evaluation. The position requires expertise in applied research and outreach program management, as well as the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.


Build collaborations with stakeholders such as farmers, entrepreneurs, local government officials, educators, state and federal agency partners, regulators, and legislators to make community-level improvements to Vermont’s communities.

Facilitate community, organizational or regional conversations related to program initiatives.

Contribute to the mission of the University of Vermont through collaborative associations with faculty colleagues located in multiple colleges and schools.

Conduct research, outreach, and scholarly activities that lead to presentations, publications (peer-reviewed and non-academic), and educational materials.

Obtain extramural funding to support an applied research program that addresses demonstrated needs of Vermonters; share research findings through outreach activities.

Interpret research findings and develop research-based solutions to grow and sustain the components of strong, viable rural communities.

Develop and lead outreach efforts based on identified needs, create/adapt research-based curricula; design and deliver educational programming, evaluate impacts on participants.

Collaborate with UVM Extension faculty and staff who work in related program areas.

Participate in faculty government, professional organizations and/or public and community agencies.

Applicants must hold a terminal degree in an appropriate field at the time of hire. All candidates must apply online at, Position 013361 and must attach to their application a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and three statements that articulate their philosophy regarding Extension teaching, scholarship, and diversity. Applicants are also required to list three references with contact information. Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Openness, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Innovation, and Justice. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground. To learn more about Our Common Ground please visit:

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any category legally protected by federal or state law.

Feel free to reach out to the committee chair, Chris Callahan at, or to if you have questions.

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