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Collegiate Assistant Professor

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Food Science and Technology
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The Department of Food Science & Technology at Virginia Tech seeks candidates for a Collegiate Assistant Professor position. The Food Science & Technology Department is a dynamic, collaborative, community of scientist educators that currently includes 26 faculty (14 Tenure-track) with a set of unique and diverse skills. Our undergraduate program currently serves 80 majors. Additionally, the department offers courses that serve non-majors across the life sciences as well as approximately 30 on campus graduate students and 11 graduate students that are part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Online Master’s in Agriculture & Life Science program.

This is a nine-month, full-time, non-tenure track position with a renewable three-year contract and the opportunity for promotion (for more information on the Collegiate Professor ranks, see The candidate will advance the instructional mission of the department by teaching courses, engaging in curricular development and course transformations, adopting innovative and inclusive pedagogical practices, and enhancing undergraduate research and/or outreach opportunities. The Food Science & Technology Department is committed to creating an inclusive environment that promotes the success of a diverse student body and is actively engaged in efforts to build inclusive educational practices within the curriculum; thus, candidates with experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The position responsibilities also include a scholarly component, which may involve scholarship of teaching and learning or Food Science related research by undergraduates. The candidate will be expected to serve on departmental, college, or university committees as a contributing member of the department and the broader university community.

Required Qualifications

● Ph.D. in Food Science or another similar discipline.
● Experience teaching food science or food science related content at the undergraduate level
● Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience teaching Food Science & Technology related courses using diverse teaching platforms (laboratory, hands-on learning, synchronous online instruction, asynchronous online instruction).
• Familiarity with contemporary practices in higher education pedagogy (e.g., active learning, project-based learning, flipped learning, enhancing inclusivity).
• Experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students from underrepresented groups.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

Interested candidates should provide:
1) a cover letter
2) a curriculum vitae
3) names and contact information for three references
4) a Teaching Statement (two pages max) that describes: your teaching experience/history including evaluations or other metrics, pedagogical approaches used; your philosophies about learning and how that is reflected in your teaching; how student learning and/or teaching effectiveness were assessed; and future ideas or plans for pedagogical experimentation or innovation
5) a Diversity Statement (two pages max) that describes: your experience engaging with students of diverse backgrounds (e.g., students from underrepresented groups, first-generation college students, etc.) and/or fostering diverse perspectives; what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and how that is incorporated in your teaching, research and/or service; and how you would approach creating an inclusive learning environment in the classroom, laboratory and/or broader university community.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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