Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems
College of Arts and Sciences
Position: Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems
Stetson University seeks an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems. This full-time, nine-month, tenure-track appointment, beginning August 2021, is for a dynamic teacher and active scholar with enthusiasm for teaching a variety of undergraduate classes within food studies and systems, as well as contributing to other interdisciplinary programs across the University. Specializations in the following areas will be given preference: Food Justice, Food and Agricultural Education, Food Policy, and scientific or technical expertise in urban or innovative food production systems.
This position requires a Ph.D. (awarded by August 2021) in a food system-related field, an active scholarly agenda, and demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates in both general and specialized areas of food systems with a variety of effective teaching methodologies. We seek a colleague who is actively engaged in sustainability and food system research that allows for the inclusion of undergraduate student collaborators, enthusiastic about interdisciplinary approaches, eager to contribute to a liberal arts-based program and a broader community of undergraduates, and committed to engaging students from diverse backgrounds. We also seek faculty who wish to explore the relationships among disciplines with shared interests in food studies (sustainability, policy, science, culture, communication, education, etc.), and whose scholarly work includes outreach to the local community. We encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and/or experience in diverse learning environments to apply.
The teacher-scholar model at Stetson requires that tenure-track faculty teach three courses each semester complemented with quality scholarship and service. A typical rotation of courses will include (1) Introduction to Food Studies, (2) Practicum for Food Production, (3) courses with a focus on race, class, and gender in the food system, and other courses based on program needs. In addition to supporting students in the program, teaching assignments may include courses for the University’s General Education Curriculum, including First-Year Seminars and Junior Seminars. Other responsibilities include participation in mentoring student research and student advising. Candidates should demonstrate a passion for the highest quality of teaching, combined with the ability to produce rigorous peer-reviewed academic scholarship. Scholarly activity leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals and service to the Program, Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the University, and the profession are required.
For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship and our support for faculty development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website: http://www.stetson.edu/provost.
The Sustainable Food Systems program (https://www.stetson.edu/other/academics/undergraduate/sustainable-food-systems.php) is an interdisciplinary program, with contributions from over six disciplines at the university. The program was established in 2018 and offers a five-course minor to students of any major. The program is led by a Program Director, with guidance from a Program Committee. This position is a dedicated faculty line for the SFS program, with the faculty member housed in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies (https://www.stetson.edu/other/academics/media/ug_environmental-science-and-studies.pdf)). Exciting developments in the near future for the SFS program include construction of the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation, which will house a teaching kitchen and will feature an adjacent community garden.
College of Arts and Sciences:
Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences (http://www.stetson.edu/portal/artsci/) is the largest and most diverse of the University’s colleges and schools; it includes the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, and creative arts. With nineteen academic departments and nine interdisciplinary programs, the College is the liberal arts core of the University. A great strength of the College is its faculty of approximately 140 full-time teacher-scholars. The College offers 31 undergraduate majors and 34 undergraduate minors; six graduate degrees are offered in Education, Counselor Education, and Creative Writing. Every undergraduate major requires a senior research project, giving students the opportunity to design and carry out independent research under faculty mentorship. Our academic programs are shaped by the values of social justice and civic responsibility. All of our courses and programs of study promote engaged learning, whereby students create connections between the classroom or lab and the local, regional, and global community. The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to live significant lives, to interact with and positively affect the world around them.
Founded in 1883, Stetson University (http://www.stetson.edu) is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,300 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. The University’s graduate programs include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing. Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.
DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.
Salary: Salary is competitive.
Starting Date: August 11, 2021
Applicants should supply the following materials for initial consideration: 1) cover letter detailing how the applicant’s professional accomplishments and experiences meet the requirements of the position; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) transcripts (copies acceptable for screening); 4) teaching statement and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer observation letters); 5) research statement and sample of scholarly writing, 6) and confidential letters of recommendation from three professional references (at least one of which should be able to address teaching ability). In the cover letter, candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
All information may be submitted electronically to Dr. Schuwerk, Search Committee Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively application materials may be mailed to
Dr. Tara Schuwerk, Search Committee Co-Chair
Sustainable Food Systems
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8377
DeLand, FL 32723
Review of applications will begin on December 7, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.
Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.