Lecturer of Urban Agriculture
Requisition Number FAC - 201000000229
Job Title Lecturer of Urban Agriculture
As a young university in a growing sector of Dallas, UNTD is committed to academic excellence, community engagement, and student success. Founded in 2000, UNT Dallas has grown from 230 to 3,500 students and is projected to reach 16,000 by 2030. UNT Dallas is part of the University of North Texas System, which also includes UNT Denton and the UNT Health Sciences Center. The UNT Dallas College of Law, located on the UNT System's downtown campus, began instruction in Fall 2014. The university is fully committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body. For more information about UNT Dallas, please visit our website at http://www.unt.edu/dallas.
The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position in Agriculture, beginning Fall 2017. The successful candidate will be expected to achieve excellence in teaching and to lead development of the emerging urban agriculture program at UNT Dallas. As a part of this urban agriculture initiative, UNT Dallas has partnered with El Centro College, Dallas, TX, to develop a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree that includes undergraduate agricultural training and advances students' STEM skills. This effort is being supported at UNTD by a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Education.
We are particularly interested in student-centric, innovative, and energetic candidates who can help lead the development of UNTD's urban agriculture program through program development, student recruitment, and community outreach. This new faculty member will provide leadership in developing service and experiential learning opportunities, academic and community partnerships, and internships in nonprofit and for-profit sectors throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. We seek an experienced academic leader who can contribute to the Urban Agriculture program by teaching a range of courses in their area of academic and professional expertise, including such topics as plant and soil science, agriculture education, horticulture, landscaping, nutrition, and urban agriculture. This new faculty member will also be responsible for developing online courses; a student Urban Agriculture Club; and collaborative relationships with community gardeners and other urban agriculture entities.
UNT Dallas offers faculty the unique opportunity to help shape the character of a 21st century, learner-focused, urban comprehensive university. Our goal is to offer undergraduate and graduate level training that enhances our students' lives, helps them succeed in the workplace, and makes a difference in their communities.
Responsibilities: Expectations for Lecturers at UNTD include excellent teaching and service, resulting in contributions equivalent to a four-course load each semester. This workload expectation can be fulfilled through a combination of teaching, high quality service, and program development. Faculty are also expected to participate in such service activities as curriculum development, online course development, student recruiting and advising, program assessment, project development, program leadership, coordinating service learning, and committee leadership.
The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.
The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:
- M.S. in Agriculture or other closely related field
- Evidence or demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching a range of agriculture courses in the candidate's area of expertise
- Experience or demonstrated potential for developing collaborative community partnerships
- Experience or demonstrated potential in building, maintaining, and supervising a broad-based student internship program
- Evidence or demonstrated potential for excellence in community service
- Evidence or demonstrated potential for leadership in academic program development
- Demonstrated effective written, verbal, and team-building communication skills
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
- Experience in developing urban agriculture programs and curricula.
- Experience in developing applied educational projects in STEM fields.
- Experience in working with community college instructors and students.
- Evidence or demonstrated potential for developing and implementing service learning and experiential learning programs.
- Experience in building and supervising student organizations.
- Experience in professional agriculture, such as farming, extension services, and landscaping.
- Ph.D. in Agriculture or other closely related field.
Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions
Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.
Driving University Vehicle? No
Substitution of Experience/Education No
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit CV; letter of application outlining the applicant's interest, qualifications, and experience for the position; contact information for three professional references; and unofficial graduate transcripts to http://unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com/. For additional information visit http://unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com or contact Ms. Michelle Baptiste at Michelle.Baptiste@untdallas.edu, or by calling 972-338-1501. Questions can also be directed to Dr. Glenda Balas, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at 972-338-1526 or Glenda.Balas@unt.edu. Statement of teaching interests and teaching philosophy may also be requested. Skype interviews of semi-finalists may be conducted. Finalists will be required to present a job talk and teaching demonstration.
For best consideration, applications should be received by October 30, 2017.
Position will remain open until filled.
Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
University of North Texas at Dallas is an AA/ADA/EOE
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