Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture Position, Sterling College, Vermont

Sterling College and the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems invite applications for a full-­time faculty position in Sustainable Agriculture, beginning August 2017. Teaching opportunities will include several of the following classes in the Sustainable Agriculture major: Permaculture; Agroecology;  Agroforestry; Restoration Agriculture; Livestock Systems; Whole Farm Planning; Animal Science; the Integrated Farming Practicum (in the summer) and /or other courses consistent with the applicant’s expertise and the needs of the program.The College seeks candidates who have a deep commitment to liberal arts undergraduate teaching and Sterling’s mission of environmental stewardship. The Sterling College curriculum is based on experiential learning and the applicant is expected to use teaching methods that engage students in hands-on learning as well as analytical thinking.

The Rian Fried Center (RFC) is the instructional laboratory for an interdisciplinary, experiential and place-based curriculum that integrates the kitchen, farm, and forest.  The RFC serves to model food and education systems grounded in ecological principles that enhance nutrient recycling, support biodiversity, increase socioeconomic viability, support community and individual wellness, and build the practical skill and critical thinking capacities of our students. A successful candidate will collaborate with the faculty and staff in the RFC to thoughtfully integrate the sustainable agriculture and food systems curriculum.

This position advises students, supports students through senior capstone projects and independent studies; supervises students in the College’s work program and supports the design and curriculum of the School of the New American Farmstead continuing education program. A successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to work within a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment and teach approximately 18 – 21 credits per year.

In addition, a successful candidate must hold an advanced degree in an agricultural science or a closely related field, with a terminal degree preferred by the date of employment. Other important skills include significant practical experience, and a strong background in teaching. The search committee is currently reviewing applications; however, the position is open until filled.

Applicants should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one page statement of your personal teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Later in the process, applicants will be asked to provide proof of terminal degree.

Application materials should be addressed to Dr. Charlotte Rosendahl, Search Committee Chair, and sent to Ms. Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President at ​klavin@sterlingcollege.edu​.


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