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Assistant Professor-TAS/Three Year Term/Cannabis and Plant-Based Wellness Operations

Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI 49855
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Job no: 493865
Work type: Faculty and Librarians
Location: Marquette, MI 49855
Categories: Faculty-College of Technology and Occupational Sciences

Position Title: Assistant Professor-TAS/Three Year Term/Cannabis and Plant-Based Wellness OperationsDepartment:Tech & Occuptnl Sciences, ColTerm of Assignment:termTerm End Date, If Applicable: FLSA Status: Exempt = not eligible for overtimeWork Schedule: Salary: Travel:Less than 10%Brief Statement of DutiesBrief Statement of Duties:Develop and teach undergraduate courses and serve as the program coordinator for the Cannabis and Plant-Based Wellness Operations program. Topics include (but are not limited to): cannabis fundamentals, dispensary operations, dispensary regulations, fundamentals of natural wellness, applied natural wellness retail, and plant wellness customer service. Courses will be entirely online at the 100 and 200 level with a possibility of development and delivery of 300 and 400 level curricula.

Additional duties include student advising, career placement assistance, course and curriculum development, committee assignments, coordination with alumni and potential industry donors, applied research or other scholarly activities, membership in professional organizations, and application of technology in a learning environment. Collaboration with other programs (e.g., Indoor Agriculture, Controlled Environment Agriculture) is expected.

The position is campus-based (remote considered).Minimum QualificationsRequired Education:Master's DegreeDiscipline / Degree Area: Required Specialized Training/Certifications: Required Minimum Work Experience:Experience teaching plant-based wellness (credit-bearing or non-credit).
Two years full-time equivalent work in a cannabis or plant wellness retail setting.
Equivalent of 1 year full-time experience teaching online at the post-secondary level.Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Attributes Required for Satisfactory Performance of the Position Duties:-Understanding of plant properties, uses, and effects.
-Working knowledge of plant biology.
-Understanding of legal issues related to cannabis and other medicinal plants.
-Teaching and/or training experience at the university level.
-Ability to develop new curriculum, write proposals, work on grants, etc.
-Diplomatic, cooperative, and able to work well with various stakeholders.
-Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
-Understanding of the unique retail aspects of holistic and plant-based wellness, including cannabis.
-Knowledge of customer service best practices as they relate to cannabis and other wellness plants.
-Understanding of online course design and delivery.Additional Desirable QualificationsAdditional Desirable Qualifications:-Graduate degree in plant-related discipline (e.g., plant biology, horticulture), environmental science, business, or related discipline.
-Experience managing a budget, program development and revisions, and program coordination.
-Entrepreneurial business experience.
-Experience in holistic and plant-based wellness industries, including cannabis.
-Work and/or experience with indoor growing systems and associated technologies.
-Doctorate or other terminal degree.
-Ability to perform duties on campus.OtherSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Applicant materials will include the faculty application, cover letter, CV, and unofficial transcripts.Contact Information:
John Centko, Chair - [email protected]Equal Employment Opportunity:NMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, and is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of its employees.

Advertised: Jun 09 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 08 2022 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University, located in Marquette, Michigan, is a dynamic four-year, public, comprehensive university that has grown its reputation based on its award-winning leadership programs, cutting-edge technology initiatives and nationally recognized academic programs.

Northern Michigan has a population of about 7,900 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers over 170 degree programs, including 25 graduate programs. More than 75 percent of NMU's 300-plus full-time faculty members have doctorates or the highest degree in their fields, and a hallmark of the NMU experience is that full-time faculty members teach at all levels - freshmen through graduate courses. NMU’s 1,100 employees view helping students succeed as not only a university priority, but a personal goal.


Northern Michigan University’s distinctive academic and career programs are nurtured by exceptional teaching and extensive opportunities for scholarship, creativity and engagement. Our supportive, connected community empowers students, graduates, faculty and staff to contribute to a diverse and sustainable world.


Northern Michigan University promotes an active environment to foster strong minds and bodies, inspires innovation and inclusion through community engagement, and develops leaders capable of local and global impact.

Working at NMU

Northern Michigan University prides itself on the knowledge, skills and real-world experiences that faculty and staff bring to campus. This process begins with attracting and selecting quality candidates. Our faculty, staff, and student employees have always combined to form a very special community here at Northern. One that works together with a common goal in mind: to provide a quality education and supportive environment for our students.

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Diversity Statement: Northern Michigan University strives to be an inclusive community where differences are recognized as assets of the institution, respected attributes of the person and a valuable part of the university experience.

Inclusion is one of Northern’s seven core values. The inclusion value states: Northern is a safe and welcoming place. We aspire to learn from and encourage each other as global citizens, neighbors, colleagues and family. We desire to be a role model in embracing all types of diversity and diverse points of view, engaging in civil society and governance, protecting human rights and promoting social justice.

Our other core values include community, rigor, environment, connection, opportunity and innovation.

The NMU President’s Committee on Diversity is represented by 25 students, faculty and staff. The committee is charged with the six following tasks:

1) To create and implement action plans to promote diversity within the framework of the university’s mission and strategic plan.
2) To identify, evaluate, and respond to diversity issues.
3) To identify, plan, and support activities that will encourage, promote, and recognize diversity on campus.
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5) To direct the President’s attention to issues regarding diversity on campus and in the surrounding communities.
6) To submit a report that enumerates and evaluates the Committee’s activities and makes recommendations, including recommendations regarding resource allocation, to the President by June 1 each year.

There are many Northern Michigan University units and departments that work to cultivate diversity efforts. These departments include the President’s Office, Equal Opportunity Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Student Enrichment, Multicultural Education and Resources Center, Center for Native American Studies, and International Programs.

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