Online Instructor - Sustainable Food and Agriculture

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Closing date
Jul 15, 2033

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Online Instructor - Sustainable Food and Agriculture
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF06649

Course Description
This course examines the concepts, practices, and policies of sustainable food and agriculture. Students begin by surveying the environmental, economic, and social foundations of the field in the U.S. and globally. Topics include a systems approach to sustainable agriculture; the relationship of farming to water, energy, air, and soil; field crops and animal production practices in sustainable agriculture; sustainable horticulture; organic agriculture; sustainable seafood and aquaculture; economic, social, and political context of sustainable food and agriculture; and sustainability in the culinary arts. The course also considers the impacts of agricultural industrialization and potential opportunities for the future of sustainable agriculture, including identifying practical tools, measuring performance, and reviewing best practices. Guest speakers and field trips are scheduled in the public and private sectors.

The course is 11 weeks long, with 3 hours of instruction per week.
General Job Description
After nearly a century in operation, UCLA Extension ranks as the largest and most respected continuing education provider in the state of California. UCLA Extension serves an important outreach vehicle for its home campus, UCLA, and supports the dynamic and continually changing regional workforce in the Los Angeles area as well as the needs of international organizations and communities. Our mission is to provide knowledge and connections for people to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Instructor Duties
  • First-time Extension instructors: participate in paid Canvas (learning management system) and online pedagogy training course. In-person courses require an online component.
  • Develop or update course syllabus to meet campus approval requirements, in consultation with the UCLA Extension Program Director.
  • Prepare course materials and design online activities and learning assessments appropriate to the subject matter. By University of California policy, ownership of the rights to Course Materials, including copyright, resides with their originator/author.
  • Communicate with Program Director, Program Manager, Program Representatives, and Online Course Managers in a timely manner.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner.
  • Employ culturally competent teaching methodologies responsive to Extension's diverse student population.
  • Complete mandatory trainings administered by Campus Human Resources and required by the University of California.
  • Post final student grades in a timely manner no later than two weeks after course end date.
  • Respond to student inquiries about final grades and consult with Program Director as needed.
  • Allow students to review their final exams or papers for up to thirteen weeks following the last class session if final exams or papers are not returned with comments.
  • Deliver course via the Canvas Learning Management System when applicable.
  • Actively engage with students online during the course when applicable.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution and at least five years of relevant work experience
  • College-level teaching experience preferred
  • Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance preferred
  • Commitment to the highest level of academic standards and integrity
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) the use of instructional technology and online teaching tools
  • Active affiliation and participation in relevant professional associations

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Working at University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively quick and easy.

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