Lecturer Position Open in Sustainable Food and Farming

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:

UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Job Description:

The Sustainable Food & Farming Program (https://stockbridge.cns.umass.edu/SFF-BS) of the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture invites applicants for the Lecturer position in Sustainable Food & Farming.  The lecturer will provide leadership in the area of community-based agricultural education for Bachelor of Science students interested in this career path in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.  The initial appointment will be for one year.  Renewal contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance. The position is a 12-month calendar-year appointment with salary commensurate with experience, designed as 75% teaching and 25% advising and recruitment.  Specifically the position requires teaching two classes directly related to community-based agricultural education (Agricultural Leadership and Community-based Education I and II) as well as two classes which assist students on their career path (Introduction to the Sustainable Food & Farming Major, and Capstone in Sustainable Food & Farming).   Two additional classes will be required in areas related to Sustainable Food & Farming, with at least one being a large General Education class for non-majors.  Workshops and classes will be offered during the summer months in topics related to Sustainable Food & Farming at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center.  Finally, the successful candidate will help recruit and advise students in the area of community-based agricultural education into the Sustainable Food & Farming Major.

We seek an outstanding candidate with leadership, facilitation, 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 and the College of Natural Sciences 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 fields of sustainable food and farming and community-based agricultural education.  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 study and maintain a working knowledge of best practices with regard to teaching community-based agricultural education focused on sustainable food and farming.


The minimum academic qualification for the position is a Masters degree in agricultural education, sustainability science, or a related field.  A Bachelor of Science degree in sustainable agriculture or a related field is preferred.  Knowledge of sustainable food and farming is required, as well as strong communication skills, the ability to work independently, to be a team leader, and to work as team member.  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.

Additional Information:

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.

Application Instructions:

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 21, 2015 and expect the candidate to be available to begin teaching in January, 2016.

To apply, go to the UMass Human Resources Webpage.


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