Grand Valley State University: Meijer Honors College / Environmental Studies
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Assistant Professor. Grand Valley State University invites applications for an interdisciplinary tenure-track position in sustainable food systems beginning Fall 2014. This position will be housed primarily in the Frederik Meijer Honors College with a joint appointment in the Environmental Studies (ENS) program. A Ph.D., completed by time of appointment, in a discipline or area related to sustainable food systems is required, as is evidence of teaching effectiveness that includes engagement in experiential teaching and learning (e.g., service-learning, field work, etc.), a record of ongoing scholarly activity relevant to the position, and practical experience in sustainable food production. The successful candidate will teach an Honors College foundational interdisciplinary sequence, the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and other courses. Opportunities will be available to develop new courses, work with the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project, participate in the new certification program in Sustainable Food Systems, and contribute to the development of the Honors College and ENS programs. Preference will be given to teacher-scholars who have a natural science background, are eager to work in interdisciplinary teams, teach innovative courses that utilize problem-based and/or high-impact pedagogies, collaborate with and supervise undergraduate research, write grants, and have experience in community outreach and small farm management.
Applicants should submit application materials online at www.gvsujobs.org. Please include a CV and cover letter. The letter should explain how the candidate would fulfill the expectations of the job and emphasize the integration of teaching, scholarship, and experiential activities. Three letters of recommendation must be sent directly to Robyn Toth, Office Coordinator, Meijer Honors College, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401. Review of applications will begin January 5, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. (This is a revised review date.) Contact Prof. Kelly A. Parker firstname.lastname@example.org, Search Committee Co-Chair, for more information. In a continuing effort to diversity our campus community, we actively encourage applications from people of color, women, veterans, people of diverse sexual identities/orientations, and others who may contribute
positively to the diversification of ideas and perspectives. GVSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information and resources about diversity at GVSU, see the website of our VP for Inclusion and Equity at www.gvsu.edu/inclusion.
The Meijer Honors College offers an alternative, interdisciplinary undergraduate general education program which encourages active learning. Courses generally have 25 students or fewer, and are often team-taught. Faculty teach six courses per year, advise and mentor students, maintain an active record of research and publication, and participate actively in service to Honors and the university. We value social justice and encourage service learning. More information: www.gvsu.edu/honors.
The Environmental Studies minor is designed to provide a broad interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues for students in any major. The 21 credit program includes an array of courses from socio-cultural, physical and life sciences, and economic and political disciplines and is guided by an interdisciplinary faculty advisory board. More information: www.gvsu.edu/ens.
The Sustainable Agriculture Project is a collaboration between students, faculty, and staff to experience sustainable agriculture on the Allendale campus. The project began with a group of students in 2008 and has expanded in the past few years to include a variety of different initiatives, including collaboration with the student Farm Club and with faculty teaching courses. We are passionate about sustainable food systems while learning about organic farming practices. More information: www.gvsu.edu/sustainableagproject.
Grand Valley State University serves 24,000 students and is recognized as one of the most sustainable universities in the United States. The 1,280 acre Allendale campus is located in the vibrant, growing Grand Rapids metropolitan area, with the Lake Michigan shoreline to the west. There are additional campuses in the City of Grand Rapids, Holland, and several regional centers.
Required Qualifications and Education:
· Ph.D. in a discipline or area related to sustainable food systems completed by time of appointment
· Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including experiential teaching and learning
· Record of ongoing scholarly activity relevant to the position
· Practical experience in sustainable food production
· Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
· Demonstrated ability to use innovative pedagogies, such as problem-based and/or high impact practices
· Experience in collaborating with and supervising undergraduate research
· Grant-writing experience
· Experience in community outreach, such as collaborating with local food professionals
· Experience with small farm management and production