Faculty Position in Food Systems

The Evergreen State College seeks a faculty member with expertise in sustainable food systems and food justice. Applicants must be able to teach topics related to food sovereignty and food security through the lens of food/agricultural policy, production, distribution, trade or consumption at the local, regional and global level. The successful applicant should have a demonstrated ability to teach food and agricultural policy in a historical context. In addition, the successful candidate must have experience in community food advocacy. 

The preferred candidate would have experience teaching from more than one disciplinary perspective; teaching diverse and under-represented populations; and demonstrable experience in pursuing innovative teaching practices. Candidates with a documented understanding of and experience with the barriers, challenges, and benefits of developing a functional, locally focused food system is highly desirable.

Faculty at Evergreen are expected to teach undergraduates at all levels. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to developing interdisciplinary curricula with faculty colleagues.  We are particularly interested in applicants committed to developing the capacity for undergraduate students to link theory to practice. Evergreen's curricular structure facilitates project-based undergraduate research, as well as internships with public and private organizations, including local and state agencies and tribes. Candidates who will support and develop these opportunities in collaboration with the Center for Community Based Learning and Action are highly desirable.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree) plus practical experience working with community food advocacy or a Master’s degree plus a minimum of five (5) years of experience with NGOs, non-profit organizations and/or government agencies on issues of food justice, community food advocacy/food sovereignty or related fields (2 of the 5 years must be post-master’s degree);
  • Ability to teach topics related to food sovereignty and food security through the lens of food/agricultural policy, production, distribution, trade or consumption at the local, regional and/or global level;
  • Ability to teach food and agriculture policy in a historical context;
  • College level teaching experience;
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching at all levels;
  • Strong interest in contributing to a curriculum that emphasizes connecting theory to practice.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Desire to continue community food advocacy work with undergraduate students;
  • Experience teaching more than one discipline;
  • Experience in working with diverse and underrepresented populations;
  • Experience in pursuing innovative and engaging teaching strategies;
  • The ability to support students’ development of writing and quantitative reasoning skills;
  • Has the understanding of and experience dealing with the barriers and challenges of developing a functional, locally focused food system.

To apply, please enter the following information via our online application:

  • Contact Information
  • Work Experience
  • Affirmative Action
Submit the following items as email attachment(s) to: facultyhiring@evergreen.edu
  • Curriculum vitae; 
  • Letter of application that expresses your vision of innovative approaches to teaching in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and inquiry-based setting;
  • 1-2 page statement of your teaching philosophy and practice. Please focus specifically on your understanding and experience of interdisciplinary study and what you believe should distinguish a liberal arts education today; 
  • 1-2 page statement of your multicultural experience and/or practice
  • Examples of scholarly work (research papers or reviews); 
  • Three current letters of reference from professional colleagues (letters of reference may be submitted via regular mail or email (facultyhiring@evergreen.edu); and
  • Optional: Student evaluations and/or letters of support from current and/or former students.

NEW DATE : Review of complete applications begins on March 21, 2014 We will continue to accept application materials until finalists are selected.

The College reserves the right to extend searches or not offer positions advertised. As a condition of employment, persons hired must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of contract start date.  All position offers are contingent on funding. Persons with disabilities can receive accommodations in the hiring process by contacting the Faculty Hiring Coordinator. The Evergreen State College is an equal opportunity employer.

The successful candidate is eligible for continuing appointment based on the guidelines set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Recognizing cultural diversity as a defining characteristic of the 21st century, the college has intensified its efforts to become a multicultural institution.  Substantive experience in working across cultural differences is therefore highly desirable for all positions.  Committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action, Evergreen is working to build a diverse, broadly trained faculty.  We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose race, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or physical disability will contribute to our diversity.