The Economics Department at Colgate University invites applications for two tenure-stream positions beginning fall semester 2020. We have teaching needs in economic development and gender economics; preference will be given to candidates whose research interests are in either of these areas. We expect to hire at the Assistant Professor level, but outstanding candidates will be considered at the Associate or Full Professor level. The job advertisement is available at Academic Jobs Online. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019. The information below describes our university, department, and required application materials.

About Us

Colgate is a liberal arts university that seeks a faculty of high quality teacher-scholars. Nearly all of our approximately 2,800 students are undergraduates. Since we do not have a business school, economics is one of the most popular majors at Colgate.

The Economics Department's teaching efforts are exclusively devoted to undergraduate education. Department classes are small. We cap Introduction to Economics sections at 35 students; Intermediate Micro and Macro at 25; and most electives at 18-20. All economics graduates complete a capstone seminar course. Seminars are usually limited to 12 students, each of whom is expected to write a senior thesis that engages with recent economics literature and employs economic theory and/or econometrics. 

We also expect our faculty to be productive scholars of high quality. The Department believes it is reasonable to expect junior faculty to demonstrate the ability to publish in top field journals in their areas of expertise and/or good general-interest economics journals. The university recently announced increased support for scholarship including enhanced startup packages for new hires beginning in the 2020/21 academic year. 

The economics department is large relative to our liberal arts peers. We have 20 tenure-stream lines, many of which are filled by teacher-scholars who are at the early stages of their professional careers. For the 2019/2020 academic year, our tenure-stream faculty is comprised of:

  • Full Professors In or Entering Phased Retirement (2)
  • Non-Retiring Full Professors (7)
  • Associate Professors (2)
  • Assistant Professors (9)
  • Open Positions (2)

Typical Teaching Load

Junior faculty typically teach five courses per year. The economics department seeks to keep the number of unique course preps low in the hope that this will grant faculty more time to devote to high quality scholarship. Recent practice has been to assign junior faculty three total course preps through the first three years at Colgate. Beginning with new hires for the 2020/21 academic year, faculty who successfully pass third-year review will receive two semesters (4 courses) of leave at full pay.

  • An economics professor’s typical five-course load for the year might include:
  • Two sections of a foundational economics course (Introduction to Economics, Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Statistics, or Econometrics).
  • Two sections of an elective. Note that we have particular teaching needs in economic development and gender economics.
  • One additional course. This might be a seminar, a second elective, or a non-economics course contribution to the university.

Application Materials

Job candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness, and a sample of recent scholarship through All applications should speak directly to the candidate’s ability to work effectively with students across a wide range of identities and backgrounds.

Teaching Experience and Effectiveness

The department is looking for evidence that candidates have thought carefully about teaching and are committed to being successful teachers and scholars at a primarily undergraduate institution. A statement describing teaching philosophy, student evaluations of teaching, and other materials can be useful in providing this evidence. 

Sample of Recent Scholarship

The department seeks candidates who will produce high quality scholarship. Candidates can signal their scholarly potential by providing a recent journal publication, a working paper under submission at an academic journal, or a paper nearing completion that will be submitted to a journal soon. The department will accept candidates’ solo-authored or co-authored work.

Ability to Work Effectively with Students across a Wide Range of Identities and Backgrounds

Colgate is committed to providing a supportive environment where students from diverse backgrounds can thrive. Diversity includes not only race and ethnicity, but also socioeconomic status, gender identity, and all the other things that make our students unique. Candidates should discuss their ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds. They may do so in the letter of interest (cover letter), a separate diversity statement, or some other area in the application materials.

Location and Other Nearby Employment Opportunities

Colgate is located in idyllic Hamilton, NY -- a rural village near the geographic center of New York state. The region is home to several colleges and universities. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at  

Hamilton’s closest commercial airport is in Syracuse, about a one hour drive away. Hamilton is within a 4-5 hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Montreal.


Please direct further questions to the department chair (Bob Turner,; development search chair (Chad Sparber,; or gender search chair (Nicole Simpson,