University of Colorado-Boulder

Instructor and Specialization Lead in Sustainable Food Systems

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Posted On: Friday, 1st June 2018
Category: Education
Location: Boulder, CO 80309
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

If your ideal job search terms include “Boulder”, “Sustainable Food Systems”, and “Graduate teaching” then you may be interested to know that we’re hiring! 

Come work with us at the Masters of the Environment, CU Boulder Graduate Program! We are seeking an instructor in Sustainable Food Systems. We seek a candidate to teach in the MENV Program, lead the specialization, make substantive creative contributions to professional service, as well as perform a variety of advising and administrative responsibilities. We are looking for a person who wants to join a graduate program that is breaking new ground with education delivery and project-based learning, who would like to mentor a community of intellectually curious graduate students who are committed to careers in food systems, the environment, and sustainability, and who is engaged in innovative professional practice.

 

Masters of the Environment program: The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to address complex environmental challenges. The MENV program prepares students to become leaders in a wide range of careers in the environment, energy, natural resources and sustainability. Through our comprehensive approach to professional education, MENV students receive a graduate degree from one of the world’s top universities in environmental and natural sciences, while simultaneously gaining valuable professional experience with an external client organization. MENV is an innovative, transdisciplinary graduate degree program that is distinct from research-based graduate programs in its focus on preparing students for professional environmental and sustainability careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  The program is cohort-based, accelerated, and intensive, including both demanding coursework and a year-long group capstone project with an external partner organization. In addition to a core curriculum focused on leadership, systems thinking, and ethics, students in the program must choose one of four subject-matter specializations: environmental policy, sustainability planning and management, renewable and sustainable energy, and sustainable food systems. More information here: www.colorado.edu/menv.  

 

Environmental Studies Program: The Environmental Studies (ENVS) program at CU-Boulder is a hub for facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration in environment and sustainability. The program nurtures interdisciplinary academic training for undergraduate and graduate students, provides guidance for students with career aspirations in environment and sustainability venues, promotes diverse professional education experiences, fosters fundamental and applied research, forms meaningful connections with communities beyond the university, and integrates innovative, interdisciplinary programs unified by the themes of environmental research. ENVS offers both research-based and professional graduate programs.  

 

Overview of Job Duties: 

The Masters of the Environment (MENV) program, within the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program, seeks a full-time non-tenure-track Instructor and Specialization Lead for the Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) track, to begin in August 2018. This full-time position is comprised of a nine-month academic year Instructor appointment and a three-month summer appointment that includes advising, administrative duties, and research/professional service.

 We seek a candidate to teach in the MENV Program, lead the Sustainable Food Systems specialization, make substantive creative contributions to professional service, as well as perform a variety of advising and administrative responsibilities.  The successful candidate will possess significant practical experience in highlighting and addressing challenges to food systems.  The position includes the following four primary responsibilities:  

1) Instructing three professional graduate courses per year, related to sustainable food systems. These will include:  a) One SFS specialization course in global food systems (development, trade, or policy), food economics, food business, or analytic methods relating to food; and b) Two additional courses that the instructor will develop based upon her or his field of expertise and program needs.  

2) Serving as the faculty lead for the 12-credit (4 courses) SFS specialization. This involves:  a) Evaluating all specialization courses for both academic quality and job market relevance, and modifying and improving the specialization where necessary; b) Academic advising and mentoring of SFS specialization students throughout their time in the program;  c) Supporting the MENV program through participation in a variety of administrative activities, including student recruitment.  

3) Engaging in professional practice. a) Demonstrate leadership in, and show evidence of professional practice; b) Develop and facilitate relationships with external organizations; c) Demonstrate impact in professional practice and with external communities. 

4) Serving as an MENV Capstone Advisor.  The incumbent will advise MENV students in capstone projects. These student capstone projects will focus on food, but will not be limited to this area. 

Candidates with a significant professional background in the food sector, a record of teaching, and a passion for student mentoring are encouraged to apply. Similarly, candidates whose work emphasizes social justice concerns in food systems and policy are highly encouraged to apply.  Since MENV is a professional program, we value a variety of accomplishments and qualities in a candidate, including publications, professional experience, exceptional interpersonal skills, and an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit befitting a young and vibrant program. Candidates will be expected to make substantive creative contributions in teaching and the profession, and their work will be expected to be consistent with the stated mission of the MENV Program. Less emphasis will be placed on scholarly publications and a formal research record, while, on the other hand, candidates will be expected to achieve outstanding work at the level of professional engagement, practice, and innovation. Criteria for appointment and subsequent advancement will include evaluation of the impact of the incumbent’s work in the community of their peers as well as those they serve in their practice; impact will be measured in ways beyond scholarly publication and be demonstrated primarily through its influence.  

The MENV Program is looking for a candidate who wants to join a graduate program that is breaking new ground with education delivery and project-based learning, who would like to mentor a community of intellectually curious graduate students who are committed to careers in the environment and sustainability, and who is engaged in innovative professional practice. Since MENV is a professional graduate degree program, we value a variety of accomplishments and qualities in a candidate, including publications, professional experience, exceptional interpersonal skills, and an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit befitting a young and vibrant program.  

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at:adacoordinator@colorado.edu.

The University of Colorado is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment and excellent benefits.   
 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: 

Ph.D. or J.D. in food law and policy, or an environmentally-related field with an emphasis towards food systems.  We will also consider a candidate with a Master’s degree if the candidate possesses significant professional experience in food systems. 

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with outstanding teaching and facilitation skills and a passion for student mentoring are especially encouraged to apply, as are candidates whose work has been in corporate or non-profit positions. Candidates whose work emphasizes social justice concerns in food systems and policy are highly encouraged to apply. 

   

To Apply: Visit website here.

Review of applications will begin on June 18, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at cucareershelp@cu.eduAll other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below 

Application Materials Instructions: To apply, please submit the materials listed below in PDF format to this posting with the noted naming convention: 1. Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications (LastName_FirstName_Cover.pdf). 2. Current Curriculum Vitae (LastName_FirstName_CV.pdf). 3. List of References, minimum of three individuals who may be contacted, upon review of your application, to submit written letters of reference (LastName_FirstName_References.pdf). 4. Statement of Professional or Research Experience in Sustainable Food Systems (LastName_FirstName_Research). 5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Experience to include a description of how the candidate will incorporate mentorship, professional and project-based learning, and how the candidate will support and encourage an inclusive learning environment. (LastName_FirstName_Teaching). 6. Description of 3 Proposed Classes (at least 1 course in food systems) (LastName_FirstName_Classes). 

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