Lecturer in Sustainable Food & Farming (Non-tenure Track)

University of Massachusetts Amherst in Massachusetts

Date Posted November 1, 2016
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Lecturer in Sustainable Food & Farming (Non-tenure Track)

Stockbridge School of Agriculture

University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Sustainable Food and Farming Program (https://stockbridge.cns.umass.edu/SFF-BS) of the University Of Massachusetts Stockbridge School Of Agriculture invites applicants for the 75% Lecturer position in Sustainable Food and Farming. The lecturer will contribute to the area of sustainable farming and marketing for Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science students interested in this career path in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. The position is a 9-month appointment with a starting salary of $40,000, designed as 50% teaching and 25% advising and program management.


The person in this position will teach four classes in support of the rapidly growing Sustainable Food and Farming major on campus, manage and serve as academic adviser for the Associate of Science degree, assist with recruitment for online and on-campus classes, assist students interested in opportunities to study abroad, and create a support system for student internships.


We seek an outstanding candidate with leadership, management, advising/mentoring, and teaching skills. The successful candidate will be expected to generate interest in food and farming classes within the Stockbridge School of Agriculture amongst current students as well as prospective students. The candidate will partner with other members of the faculty to advance the reputation of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture as a national and international leader in the field of sustainable food and farming. The candidate will help promote and communicate Stockbridge School of Agriculture's academic programs within the UMass community and at outside conferences. Finally, the candidate will explore and maintain a working knowledge of opportunities in international agriculture to be able to support students.


The minimum required academic qualification for the position is a Master’s degree in sustainable agriculture, agroecology, sustainability sciences, or a related field. A Bachelor of Science degree related to sustainability or environmental studies or a related field is preferred. Knowledge of sustainable food and farming is required, as well as teaching experience, strong communication skills, the ability to work independently, to be a team leader, and to work as team member. Experience farming and marketing and teaching online is preferred. The successful candidate must be able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and to work with shifting priorities and schedules. The successful candidate must be able to develop and execute new programs, develop syllabi, and initiate new classes within an academic setting.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and advising philosophy, samples of representative course syllabi, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing qualifications and fit for this position. We will begin to review applications on December 1, 2016, and expect the candidate to be available to begin teaching on September 2017.


To apply, please visit: https://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=78130


The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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