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Assistant Professor of Endowed Chair in Sustainability Studies

Hood College
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Hood College's Department of Biology seeks an accomplished and highly motivated teacher-scholar to serve as the inaugural Aramark/Maryland Endowed Chair of Sustainability Studies.

Under the general direction of the Biology Department Chair, this full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level begins August 1, 2022.

The College’s new major in sustainability studies launched in the fall of 2020 in response to growing regional demand for sustainability professionals to help guide agribusiness in Central Maryland. To lead this highly interdisciplinary program, we seek a broadly-trained system scientist with training or experience in incorporating aspects of the food-water-energy sustainability nexus and systems thinking into their pedagogical approach. We aim to fill our new endowed chair position with a faculty member that can address nexus-related local issues in their research and involve both undergraduate and graduate students in finding answers to agribusiness challenges that will allow the Maryland farming industry to adapt and grow in future decades.

The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to teaching and the liberal arts; ongoing scholarly research in sustainable food systems, agribusiness or a closely related area; and commitment to service in the department, college, and community.

The candidate must also engage in recruitment efforts designed to attract talented students to the college, and actively seek partnerships that support the program’s mission and provide high-impact applied learning opportunities for students.

Based on their expertise and interests, the successful candidate is expected to teach, as well as actively mentor, and conduct research with students. The candidate is required to dedicate 20% of their time working in partnership with regional organizations, businesses, and institutions associated with sustainability studies especially those involved in the operation of local food systems.

Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate coursework in sustainability studies, especially focusing on sustainable food systems and food security. Other teaching responsibilities will include elective course(s) in their area of expertise at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Resources from the endowment are available annually to support the candidate’s research efforts.

We seek a candidate with a strong commitment in a liberal arts setting, who is passionate about high-impact learning experiences, and who values diversity, equity and inclusion in all that they do.  Candidates must have strong organizational skills and proven ability to work collaboratively across academic disciplines.

Education and/or Experience

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or an advanced degree with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience; postdoctoral work and teaching experience are strongly preferred. Additionally, experience in the application of GIS or dynamic modeling to food system issues is preferred.

Please visit for more details, including a full description of the position. 

To Apply

We invite qualified candidates to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts and should arrange for three letters of recommendation for submission to

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States.  EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592.  For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit





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