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University of Massachusetts Amherst Lecturer in Sustainable Food & Farming in Amherst, Massachusetts

Lecturer in Sustainable Food & Farming

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Work type:Faculty Part Time/Adjunct

Location:UMass Amherst

Department:Stockbridge Sch of Agriculture



About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Non-tenure-track Lecturer position (50% FTE) in the area of Animal Husbandry, Sustainable Food and Farming. This position is 25% teaching and 25% farm management, academic advising and managing appropriate independent studies. To begin teaching on September 1, 2020. Initial one year contract which may be renewable.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching two classes directly related to small farm husbandry (STOCKSCH 269 Small Farm Husbandry; Pigs and Poultry & STOCKSCH 268 Small Farm Husbandry: Cows, Sheep and Goats for Meat Production).

  • Manage animals at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center (management of the mobile poultry processing unit & slaughter).

  • Organization of Marketing.

  • Managing the budget, training, management of student staff.

  • Compliance with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and other agencies, boards, departments and committees as required.

  • Educating the community regarding the various aspects of animal agriculture.

  • Recruit and advise students in the area of livestock management and small farm husbandry.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

  • Help promote Stockbridge School of Agriculture’s academic programs within the UMass community and at outside conferences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master of Science degree in sustainable agriculture or a related field.

  • Knowledge of sustainability issues is required, as well as strong communication and teaching skills.

  • Experience teaching within higher education institutions.

  • At least 5 years’ experience managing a diversified livestock operation.

  • Able to develop and execute new programs, develop syllabi that align with Stockbridge School of Agriculture learning objectives, and initiate new classes within the academic setting.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift 50 – 75 pounds

  • Balancing

  • Pulling/Pushing

  • Repetitive movement

  • Standing/working on a farm in all weather conditions

  • Bending, Reaching

Work Schedule

  • Nine month Academic Schedule

Salary Information

  • $28,000 - $32,000

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and advising philosophy, samples of representative course syllabi, contact information for three professional references and a cover letter describing qualifications and fit for this position. Apply by March 9, 2020 in order to ensure priority consideration.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.(

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised:Feb 11 2020Eastern Standard Time

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