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Term Faculty Position in Production and Operations Management/Business Analytics - University of Minnesota Duluth

  • 1.  Term Faculty Position in Production and Operations Management/Business Analytics - University of Minnesota Duluth

    Posted 14 days ago
    Edited by Wenqing Zhang 14 days ago

    University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)
    Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE)
    Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track, Term Faculty Position Announcement
    Production and Operations Management (POM)

    JOB TITLE: Assistant Professor, if the candidate has a Ph.D.; Instructor if ABD

    APPOINTMENT START DATE: Appointment begins August 23, 2021; classes begin August 30, 2021 

    APPLICATION REVIEW DATE: Review of complete applications will begin on March 8, 2021, and continue until the position is filled 

    JOB DESCRIPTION: Full-Time, 9-month, non-tenure track position in the Department of Management Studies in the area of Production and Operations Management/Business Analytics (POM/BA).


    The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, term faculty position in the area of Production and Operations Management (POM) at the Instructor/Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2021. The individual hired for this position will be responsible for teaching required and elective courses. The school's current teaching needs are in the area of POM and related areas. Currently, the teaching load is seven sections (21 credits) per academic year.  Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach courses in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Business Analytics (BA). Responsibilities also include advising undergraduate students, working with student organizations and engaging in service activities with colleagues, the department, School, campus, community and professional organizations. 

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    The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) is AACSB-International accredited and housed in a state-of-the-art building.  Approximately 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled in the school's programs.  There are currently 50+ full-time faculty members in four academic departments: Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management Studies, and Marketing. The School offers the Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and MBA degrees. Regional outreach is accomplished primarily through activities of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Additional information about the School and its programs can be found at LSBE's website at

    Duluth, with a population of approximately 85,000 people, is located at the head of beautiful Lake Superior. As a major shipping port, over 1,000 vessels from around the world pass under its iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, annually. As a popular tourist destination, Duluth is visited by 3.5 million people annually, accounting for a $780 million economic impact. Duluth is also the hub for healthcare with two of the largest healthcare systems in Northern Minnesota and is home to a thriving aviation industry. More information about Duluth can be found at



    1. A minimum of a Master's degree or Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics, Management Information Systems or an equivalent program from an accredited institution with substantive coursework in Operations Management, or be ABD from an AACSB-International accredited institution or a major national university.
    2. If the applicant has a Master's degree and is not ABD or Ph.D., the applicant must have relevant work experience that demonstrates active involvement in Operations/Analytics since the time of the Master's degree completion.  
    3. Must meet conditions for one of the four 2013 AACSB faculty qualifications [Scholarly Academic (SA), Practice Academic (PA), Scholarly Practitioner (SP), or Instructional Practitioner (IP)] as defined by LSBE (see
    4. Applicants must have experience in either training/public speaking within an organized setting or teaching at least one university-level course as instructor or teaching assistant.
    5. Demonstrated evidence of effective written communication skills needed for successful teaching.


    1. Ph.D. in Operations Management or Supply Chain Management from an AACSB-International accredited institution. 
    2. Demonstrated ability to teach Introductory Production and Operations Management and MIS/Analytics elective courses at the undergraduate level to a diverse group of students.
    3. Related practitioner experience in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, or Business Analytics in Operations Management areas consistent with the courses to be taught. 
    4. Successful collegiate teaching in Operations Management or Supply Chain Management, including courses in MIS and Business Analytics.  
    5. Demonstrated ability to use a variety of teaching methods in a classroom with a diverse group of students.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to and search for job opening 339121. 

    Applications must include the following documents as attachments: (1) cover letter (2) current curriculum vitae/resume (3) official or unofficial transcripts (4) teaching evaluations completed by students (applications that are missing any one of the first three documents may not be reviewed). Attachment #4 is optional.

    Important: Attachments (1) and (2) are uploaded during the application. Attachments (3) and (4) will need to be uploaded after submitting the application, under the My Job Applications (please do not miss this step in the application process).  

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota-Duluth by the start date. Final candidates may be asked to provide additional information.  The Screening Committee will begin its review of complete applications March 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

    Xin Liang, Chair-Screening Committee
    Department of Management Studies, Labovitz School of Business and Economics
    365F LSBE, 1318 Kirby Drive
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Phone: 218-726-6962; Fax: 218-726-7578

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at 612-624-3316.

    Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes is prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds, and University vehicles.

    If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact UM Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.

    We welcome and encourage individuals from underrepresented groups and US military veterans to apply.

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    Wenqing Zhang
    Associate Professor
    University of Minnesota Duluth
    Duluth MN