Saturday, November 21, 2015

College of the Atlantic: Faculty Position in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems

College of the Atlantic
Faculty Position Available in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems
Published November 14, 2015
Apply by December 15, 2015

The successful candidate will teach five courses per year that prepare students to explore social, cultural, political, ecological, and economic implications of food systems within the broad-based transdisciplinary curriculum of the College.

These courses should utilize a range of methodological approaches in the subject areas of sustainable agriculture, food systems, farm and food policy, and the political ecology of local and global food systems. Other topical areas of interest are: food justice, agrarian studies, rural-urban food security, and the emerging field of aquaculture.

Candidates must have a terminal degree and/or significant equivalent professional experience. The field of academic specialization is open. We encourage applicants from across the sciences, social sciences and humanities who are comfortable working collaboratively – with colleagues from different disciplinary traditions and on farms, with farmers. Our two organic farms ( provide both formal and informal teaching and learning opportunities for our students. The successful candidate must have a track record of excellent teaching, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching at all levels, the ability to teach across disciplines, and the capacity to engage students in projects both on and off campus. Advising and mentoring students, directing senior projects, supervising independent studies, and contributing to college governance and service are part of the responsibilities of faculty membership.

COA is an interdisciplinary college of approximately 350 students and 35 faculty – where theory is tied to practice. Faculty are not organized via departments and all students design their own major in Human Ecology (BA, MPhil).  The average class size is 13. Our educational approach integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and seeks to understand the relationships between humans and their built, natural, and social-cultural environments.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter that speaks to their unique qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae that includes contact information for three references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three relevant course descriptions in a single PDF file to by December 15, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Full-time faculty appointments are unranked and salaries are calculated according to earned degrees and years of relevant experience.

This is an endowed faculty chair.  College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer.  Applications are especially encouraged from persons who would enhance COA’s ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity.