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Senior/Master Lecturer, Food Sustainability, School of Earth & Environment

Apply now Job no: 495735
Work type: Regular Full-Time
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Categories: Faculty - School of Earth and Environment

The School of Earth & Environment seeks to hire a full-time Senior/Master Lecturer with expertise in sustainable food systems. The successful candidate will assist the development and direct the implementation of our forthcoming bachelor’s degree program in Sustainable Food Systems, which will focus on innovation, equity, and regenerative practices for growing, processing, and distributing responsibly produced, healthful food. This non-tenure-track teaching position begins during the 2021-22 academic year and includes reassigned instructional time for developing, implementing, and coordinating the undergraduate degree in Sustainable Food Systems.  The curriculum – grounded in the processes, infrastructure and policies involved in feeding a population – will be designed with the goal of preparing students for careers that facilitate healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food that is equitably accessible to all eaters.  The initial program would encourage students to live, work and learn together for a year within a “Food Village;” an on-campus residential community with dedicated land and a greenhouse for growing, classroom space, and a teaching kitchen.  Enrolled students in the village will have coordinated course schedules, allowing for the academic experience to be enhanced by the community itself, as well as the opportunities for field trips and hands-on food production and preparation. 

The position will be offered as a renewable, multi-year 12-month contract, with benefits. Additionally, the lecturer will be expected to contribute to the academic life of the school and university, developing courses and curricula, participating in faculty governance, and engaging in a broad range of service activities. Successful candidates should have a background that blends both academic and professional and research experience working within sustainable food systems.  We welcome applications from candidates with a broad range of backgrounds, including experience in sustainable agricultural production, community food security, culinary arts, food distribution and processing, food systems planning, and food policy.

The School of Earth & Environment includes the departments of Environmental Science, Geology, and Geography, Planning, & Sustainability and is closely associated with the Edelman Fossil Park & Museum. Visit to learn more. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to join an energetic faculty within the School, and across colleges and schools at Rowan, committed to providing students with an outstanding education, maintaining traditions of collegiality, civic engagement, and community outreach. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a discipline relevant to sustainable food systems.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential.
  • Irrespective of field, a general knowledge of the climate and biodiversity crises and a deep commitment to making positive change towards a sustainable Anthropocene.
  • A dedication to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the school, university, and broader community.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D.
  • Professional experience in the food system, in addition to an advanced degree.

The application must be submitted through our online application system and include a cover letter including a description of subject and technical expertise, teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references. Applications received by will receive priority consideration. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Eddie Guerra,, School of Earth & Environment.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the university will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position. 

Review of applications will begin on December 3, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. 


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