Faculty of Sustainable Food Systems Position, Sterling College, VT

Sterling College and the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems invite applications for a full-time faculty position beginning in August 2017. The College seeks candidates  who have a deep commitment to liberal arts undergraduate teaching and Sterling’s mission of environmental stewardship. Teaching opportunities may include several of the following classes in the Sustainable Food Systems major—Exploring Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems; Food Policy; Economics of Food Systems; Landscape, Food and Culture; Security, Sovereignty and Justice in World Food Systems; Food, Mind and Identity; and/or other courses consistent with the applicant’s expertise and the needs of the program. 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 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 in both species and genetics, increase socioeconomic viability, support community and individual wellness, and build the practical skill and critical thinking capacities of our students. A successful candidate will participate as a member of the RFC team, provide expertise connected to the vision of the center that pertains to the Sterling Kitchen, and collaborate with the Faculty and Staff in the RFC to thoughtfully integrate the sustainable agriculture and food systems curriculum.

This position also advises students, supports students through senior capstone projects and independent studies; leads our teaching residency program with NYU’s Food Studies program; 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.

Candidates must hold an advanced degree in Food Systems or a related field, with a terminal degree desired, and must demonstrate previous teaching experience. The search committee is currently reviewing applications; however, the position is open until filled.

Applicants must send the following electronically: cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy limited to 1 page, and contact information for three references. Later in the process applicant will be asked to provide proof of terminal degree.

Candidate 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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