Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
The Masters of the Environment (MENV) graduate program, within the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program, seeks a full-time non-tenure-track faculty for the Sustainable Food Systems track.
The successful candidate will possess significant academic as well as professional experience in sustainable agriculture and food systems, with an emphasis on agroecology and equity-enhancing approaches to food production and distribution. The candidate will have a nuanced, systems-oriented understanding of the perils and potential associated with the ways that humans satisfy their needs for food, fiber, and other agricultural products. MENV is especially interested in candidates with expertise at one or more of the following intersections: (i) agriculture, climate, land and natural resource management; (ii) food systems, urban planning and resilience; (iii) the food-water-energy nexus; (iv) food production and environment/public health; or (v) food production, supply chains & circular economy. We are also especially interested in candidates who have academic or professional experience related to resilience, social change, diversity and inclusiveness.
Candidates with significant experience in professional activity and research or creative work, a record of teaching, and a passion for student mentoring are encouraged to apply. We seek candidates who will support and encourage a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive learning environment. Since MENV is a professional graduate program, we value a variety of accomplishments and qualities in a candidate, including publications, professional experience, interpersonal skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit befitting a young and vibrant program. They will also be expected to contribute toward program efforts to address dimensions of underserved communities, justice and equity, and race, gender, and/or class influence as it relates to sustainable food systems. Criteria for appointment and subsequent advancement will include the originality and impact of the faculty member’s work. Personal qualities should include a spirit of collaboration, a passion for learning and the requisite humility that is required when working in an emergent field with creative, professional students. Strong interpersonal skills and self-directedness are a must for this team-based program with a startup mindset.
MENV is an innovative, transdisciplinary graduate degree program that sits within CU Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program, and is distinct from thesis-based graduate programs in its focus on preparing students for professional environmental and sustainability careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The program is cohort-based, accelerated, and intensive, including both demanding coursework and a year-long group capstone project with an external partner organization. In addition to a core curriculum focused on leadership, systems thinking, and environmental science, students in the program must choose a subject-matter specialization track. These include environmental and natural resources policy, urban resilience and sustainability, renewable and sustainable energy, sustainability and the outdoor industry, and sustainable food systems.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
Masters of the Environment program: The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program in the University of Colorado Boulder’ Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to address complex environmental challenges. The MENV program prepares students to become leaders in a wide range of careers in the environment, energy, natural resources, food systems, urban resilience and sustainability. Through our comprehensive approach to professional education, MENV students receive a graduate degree from one of the world’s top universities in environmental and natural sciences, while simultaneously gaining valuable professional experience with an external partner organization. The Masters of the Environment Graduate Program values diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. More information here: www.colorado.edu/menv
Environmental Studies Program: The Environmental Studies (ENVS) program at CU-Boulder is a hub for facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration in environment and sustainability. The program nurtures interdisciplinary academic training for undergraduate and graduate students, provides guidance for students with career aspirations in environment and sustainability venues, promotes diverse professional education experiences, fosters fundamental and applied research, forms meaningful connections with communities beyond the university, and integrates innovative, interdisciplinary programs unified by the themes of environmental research. ENVS offers both research-based and professional graduate programs.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
This position is comprised of a nine-month academic year non-tenure track appointment and a summer appointment. The position includes a mix of the following four primary responsibilities:
1. Teaching. The candidate will teach both in-person, as well as online professional graduate courses;
2. Serving as the faculty lead for Sustainable Food Systems Specialization. This will include overseeing the curriculum and SFS faculty (full-time and adjunct), as well as advising students.
3. Serving as an MENV Capstone Advisor. The faculty member will advise MENV student teams in capstone projects (akin to externships).
4. This position may also include: Engaging in research or creative work related to professional practice. This involves a) demonstrating a deep understanding of professional practices in sustainable food systems b) developing, facilitating relationships with, and serving as a resource to external organizations; c) demonstrating impact and innovation within professional practice; and d) engaging in research and thought leadership in food systems.
What We Can Offer
We can offer a competitive salary in the range of $65,000 - $75,000 commensurate with experience.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .
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What We Require
- A PhD, a master’s degree, or other terminal degree.
- Academic and/or professional background with an emphasis on agriculture, food systems, food studies, or a related discipline.
- Candidates must also have at least a year of experience in teaching or curriculum delivery in higher education or for a professional audience.
- Candidates must have at least one year of professional experience related to one or more of the five intersections identified above.
What You Will Need
- Ability to contribute toward program efforts to address dimensions of underserved communities, justice and equity, and race, gender, and/or class influence as it relates to the outdoor industry.
- Personal qualities should include a spirit of collaboration, a passion for learning and the requisite humility that is required when working in an emergent field with creative, professional students.
- Strong interpersonal skills and self-directedness are a must for this team-based program with a startup mindset.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Two or more years of higher education teaching experience.
- Three or more years of professional experience directly related to one or more of the five intersections identified above.
- Evidence of engaging diverse communities and creating strong partnerships.
- Experience in creating innovative learning experiences.
- Demonstrated experience of teaching, developing curriculum for professional or higher education learning, extension, and/or facilitation and technical assistance.
- A passion for student mentoring.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
1. Cover Letter, which includes a thorough description of teaching and professional experience in food systems with a focus on sustainability, regeneration, resilience and/or equity in agriculture and food systems. The cover letter should also include a description of how the candidate will support and encourage a diverse and inclusive learning environment that includes mentorship, classroom, professional, and experiential and project-based learning.
2. Current Curriculum Vitae.
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Description of four classes the candidate would propose teaching.
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.
Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2020; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
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