AFEE Members,

I participated as an external reviewer of The College of Idaho’s Political Economy department a few years ago and was impressed with what I found. They don’t have political science and economics majors. They instead have a truly unified department of political economy. They also have a distinctive undergraduate curriculum that requires student to complete at least one academic major and two minors in areas where the student does not have a major.  As their web site explains, "PEAK challenges you to achieve literacy in each of four academic areas, or "Peaks" — the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and a professional field.”  This position would be a good fit for a broadly-educated pluralist/heterodox economist who wants to focus on undergraduate teaching and do research.



Tenure-Track Professor of Political Economy OR International Political Economy

The College of Idaho’s Department of Political Economy invites applications for a tenure-track entry- level faculty position that will commence in Fall 2020.

The Department approaches political economy in a broad theoretical manner similar to early modern thinkers such as John Locke, Adam Smith, and Karl Marx. We emphasize the intricate relationship between economics and politics and reject the push for narrow specialization and an overemphasis on formal models. We are open to approaches including public policy analysis, historical institutionalism, heterodox economics, behavioral economics, area studies, and research methods that emphasize the analysis of real-world data. We grant significant autonomy to faculty members to design their own lower and upper division courses that support the department’s political economy approach and vision. Professional development support for research, conference travel, and sabbatical leave is available.

The Department offers two related majors: Political Economy and International Political Economy. The successful candidate will EITHER primarily serve the Political Economy major focusing on domestic political economy and policy-making in the United States, OR primarily serve the International Political Economy major focusing on the global economy, international relations, development, and comparative political economy. The department also offers minors supporting the College of Idaho’s PEAK curriculum. The teaching load is 3-3 with an additional course taught during each January term.

Successful candidates will have an active research agenda while demonstrating a passion for teaching in the liberal arts tradition. They will join a student-centered department where teaching and mentoring are valued as the highest priority. Such mentorship has recently led students in the department to Marshall, Truman, and Rhodes scholarships as well as to national recognition of departmental faculty for teaching excellence.

A Ph.D. is required in Political Economy, Political Science, International Political Economy, International Relations, Economics (heterodox), Behavioral Economics, or other related fields. Courses to be taught include introductory courses in the field and advanced courses based on the candidate’s expertise. Advanced ABD applicants will be considered.

Applications must include letter of interest, CV, statement demonstrating a passion for teaching in the liberal arts tradition, sample syllabi, recent course evaluations, and at least three letters of recommendation.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States as of the expected hire date and throughout the date of the contract without sponsorship from The College of Idaho.

Application review will begin October 14, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please submit application materials via email to [log in to unmask] with subject ‘Political Economy Search.’

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Reynold F. Nesiba, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Augustana University
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57197
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