The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
(ALCE), in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at
Virginia Tech, invites applications for a Research Assistant
Professor with a focus on interdisciplinary and community-based
food systems research. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track
position with full benefits and the opportunity for promotion. The
position will support the Virginia Tech (VT) Center for Food
Systems and Community Transformation, which is a
community-outreach-oriented center in the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences with extension, research, and teaching aims and
activity. The Center was established in 2019 to address food system
issues and complexities at the nexus of food, agriculture, and
society from a critical praxis perspective. Through its
community-based and participatory work, the Center asserts the
importance of epistemic justice and inclusion by valuing and
uplifting diverse forms of knowledge and ways of knowing for a more
socially just and sustainable food system in Virginia and beyond.
As such, we encourage those committed to the promotion of justice
and equity as core values in their scholarship to apply.
As a member of the Center for Food Systems and Community
Transformation core team, the Research Assistant Professor would
contribute to leading the Center’s community-based research program
by conducting interdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship
focused on food systems change and community transformation. This
position will be an excellent opportunity to work as a
scholar-practitioner interested in addressing pressing societal
challenges and food system issues, especially relevant to Virginia,
Central Appalachia, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Research faculty
are expected to demonstrate excellence in research and make
significant contributions to community outreach and education.
Demonstrated responsibilities would include authoring and
contributing to peer-reviewed publications and reports, developing
and publishing white papers and policy briefs, generating external
funding, and contributing to experiential learning opportunities
and food systems coursework with undergraduate and graduate
students. The successful candidate will build on the Center for
Food Systems and Community Transformation’s reputation as a leading
land-grant university center that embraces critical ideas and
community-engaged approaches to generate and promote creative
solutions and possibilities for a more equitable food system.
• Earned Ph.D. in food systems, agroecology, community and regional
planning, sociology, geography, agricultural and/or extension
education, community development, public policy, or in a field
closely aligned with food systems or food studies with emphasis on
community engagement, food justice, food sovereignty, food
politics, or food policy.
• Experience in addressing critical and timely food system issues
at local, regional, national, and/or global scales.
• Skill and experience in conducting research focused on social
change theories, critical theories, critical praxis,
community-based research, participatory research, action research,
and/or citizen science.
• Experience working with multiple research methodologies, success
in applying for externally funded research grants, and publishing
findings in scholarly and community-engaged outlets.
• Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and
public speaking skills.
• Ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of
University faculty, staff, students, and community
• Ability to collaborate and build extension and research
partnerships with both statewide and national scholars and
practitioners at academic, community-based, non-profit, and
governmental institutions or organizations.
• Commitment to fostering and promoting justice, equity, and
inclusion as demonstrated by professional experience.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
necessary for teaching and mentoring students.
• Ability to travel and valid restriction-free U.S. driver's
• Experience in project management at an academic, government, or
• Experience teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level.
• Knowledge of food system history and current trends that are
relevant to Virginia, Central Appalachia, Mid-Atlantic region,
and/or the southern United States.
• Experience in program evaluation and evaluation
• Intercultural skills or cross-cultural community development
experience working in the United States or internationally.
• Experience presenting and disseminating information accessible to
Commensurate with Experience
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
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February 24, 2023