May 31, 2018

Instructor in Sustainable Food Systems

University of Colorado Boulder

Instructor in Sustainable Food Systems

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 July 2018. This is a twelve-month  appointment.

MENV is an innovative, transdisciplinary graduate degree program that sits within CU Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program, and 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.

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:
o One SFS specialization course in global food systems (development, trade, or policy), food economics, food business, or analytic methods relating to food; and
o 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:
o Evaluating all specialization courses for both academic quality and job market relevance, and modifying and improving the specialization where necessary;
o Academic advising and mentoring of SFS specialization students throughout their time in the program;
o Supporting the MENV program through participation in a variety of administrative activities, including student recruitment.
3. Engaging in professional practice.
o Demonstrate leadership in, and show evidence of professional practice;
o Develop and facilitate relationships with external organizations;
o Demonstrate impact in professional practice and with external communities.
4. Serving as an MENV Capstone Advisor.
o 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.

Ph.D. or J.D. in an environmentally-related field. We will also consider a candidate with a Master’s degree if the candidate possesses significant professional experience. Preferred qualifications include two or more years of teaching experience in an environmentally- or food-related field. 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.

Application materials should include a letter of interest that includes a description of teaching or professional experience in sustainable food systems, a CV, a description of classes that the candidate would propose teaching, and the names and contact information for three references. The letter of interest should also include a description of how the candidate will support and encourage a diverse and inclusive learning environment that includes mentorship, and classroom,
professional, and project-based learning.

Questions about the position and applications materials should be submitted to Ben Webster, MENV Associate Director.

Review of applications will begin on June 6, 2018, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Masters of the Environment program:
The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder 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. More information here:

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.

University of Colorado:
The University of Colorado Boulder is the state’s flagship university and a Tier 1 research institution. CU Boulder is the only school in the Rocky Mountain region recognized by the prestigious Association of American Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research universities. MENV students are able to reach their full potential at CU Boulder through the countless academic opportunities we offer, as well as through our established industry partnerships along the Front Range. The MENV graduate program is housed in the new Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC). Located on the university’s East Campus in Boulder, SEEC brings together more than a dozen programs and external partners under one roof.

Boulder, Colorado:
In addition to living in one of the most spectacular natural settings in the country, CU Boulder MENV students are embedded in a scientific, entrepreneurial and environmental ecosystem that is unrivaled anywhere in the world. Boulder has earned countless accolades and awards for the quality of life it offers residents. Examples include number one college town in America (American Inst. for Economic Research – 2017), healthiest city in America (Niche – 2016), most educated city in the U.S. (Forbes – 2016), most active city in the U.S. (Trulia – 2016), number one economy in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report – 2017), and number one place for entrepreneurs (Livability – 2016). The region also has the most federal employees due to the number of government labs and agencies.

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