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Spencer Family Professorship in Economics - Associate/Full Professor, Tenured

McMaster University

Department of Economics


McMaster University

Tenured Faculty Position

Spencer Family Professorship in Economics

McMaster University, Department of Economics

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

Position Description:

McMaster University’s Department of Economics, part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, invites applications from advanced Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Full Professors for the Spencer Family Professorship, a position commencing July 1, 2023 (start date is flexible). Appointment will be with tenure, at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor. The Professorship holder will be expected to contribute significantly to the body of scholarship in the Department of Economics through teaching and research at McMaster University in the area of applied and empirical microeconomics with a preference for research relating to the Canadian experience. The Professorship comes with a research allowance of $40,000 per year.

The successful applicant must demonstrate a compelling vision for both continuing and further developing McMaster’s longstanding strength in the area of applied and empirical microeconomics research and graduate training as well as carrying on and enhancing McMaster University’s Strategic Research mission.

The Professorship holder will be expected to maintain an outstanding program of research, to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to supervise and cultivate an intellectual community of graduate students working in this area, to help sustain the collegial atmosphere within the Department, and to help realize the Department’s and the University’s commitment to the goals of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. McMaster has a vision to achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence as a student-centred, research-intensive university. McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences comprises over 130 faculty members advancing education and research in collaboration with one or more of the Faculty’s 13 schools, departments and program areas. Its disciplines are preparing societal leaders to respond to economic, political and cultural shifts in Canada and abroad. Discover more about the Faculty of Social Sciences and the City of Hamilton.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

Vaccination Policy Statement

The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all employees, students, volunteers and visitors. In accordance with the University’s Vaccination Policy-COVID-19 Requirements for Employees and Students (the “Vaccination Policy”), effective October 18, 2021 for all McMaster community members, including employees, accessing a McMaster campus or facility in person are required to be fully vaccinated or to have received an exemption from the University for a valid human rights ground. This is a term and condition of employment. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health organizations to define fully vaccinated status. Further information is available at the following link: https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/vaccination-mandate/. More information on the University’s Health and Safety framework is available online at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/resources/covid19/.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. The survey will be sent to applicants in a separate communication. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey Statement of Collection for more information. Additional inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to [email protected]

How to apply:

Applications should include an application letter, a curriculum vitae, research papers (including a job market paper), a short research summary, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three confidential letters of reference, guiding referees to comment on your:

• demonstrated scholarly excellence in the area of applied and empirical microeconomics;

• demonstrated ability to successfully teach graduate and undergraduate students and supervise graduate students;

• ability to work in a collaborative environment; and

• contributions to university, professional and/or community service.

Applicants are required to include a statement describing any contributions made or planned in relation to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion or inclusive excellence in teaching, learning, research or service within post-secondary, community-based and other professional settings (2-page maximum). Applications will only be accepted on-line at EconJobMarket, www.econjobmarket.org.

The Department will begin reviewing applications on October 15th, 2022. The position will remain open until it is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but July 1, 2023 is preferred. All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. First-round interviews will be done remotely and will begin no earlier than November.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada's reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants' status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or other aspects of their current citizenship; however, all application letters must therefore include one of the following statements: “I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada”; or “I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at [email protected] to communicate accommodation needs.


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