Assistant Prof Food Systems

Position Announcement

Research Assistant Professor

The Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation

Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education

Virginia Tech

The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education (ALCE), in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Virginia Tech, invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor with a focus on interdisciplinary and community-based food systems research. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track position with full benefits and the opportunity for promotion. The position will support the Virginia Tech (VT) Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation, which is housed in CALS as an Extension and outreach center with community-based programming, research, and teaching aims and activity. The Center was established in 2019 to address food system issues and complexities at the nexus of food, agriculture, and society from a critical praxis perspective. Through its community-based and participatory work, the Center asserts the importance of epistemic justice and inclusion by valuing and uplifting diverse forms of knowledge and ways of knowing. As such, we encourage those committed to the promotion of justice and equity as core values in their scholarship to apply.

As a member of the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation core team, the Research Assistant Professor would contribute to leading the Center’s community-based research program by conducting interdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship from a sustainable food systems lens. This position will be an excellent opportunity to work as a scholar-practitioner interested in addressing pressing societal challenges and food system issues, especially relevant to Virginia, Central Appalachia, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Research faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in research and make significant contributions to community outreach and education. Demonstrated responsibilities would include action-oriented inquiry, authoring and contributing to peer-reviewed publications and reports, developing and publishing white papers and policy briefs, generating external funding, and contributing to experiential learning opportunities and food systems coursework with students and community-partners. The successful candidate will build on the VT Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation’s reputation as a land-grant university center that embraces critical ideas and community-engaged approaches to generate and promote creative solutions and possibilities for an equitable food system.

For a full position description and information to apply, please visit:  www.research-assistant-professor-the-center-for-food-systems-and-community-transformation

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