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Instructor, Academic Programs

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: CALS Academic Programs
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Academic Programs (CALSAP) at Virginia Tech invites candidates for an academic year, non-tenure track, instructor position.

The Academic Programs Office within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences serves the needs of a diverse undergraduate student population within the college. We seek a team member to become part of the teaching team of several courses within college Pathways for General Education creativity arts area and college-wide minors: Civic Agriculture and Food Systems and Global Food Security and Health. The instructor will join a team of faculty who teach college courses in the Pathways for general education arts and design category. The instructor will be part of a team to design and integrate new curriculum for these Pathways for general education minors. The successful candidate will partner with other faculty in college to design and implement bridge experiential learning experiences.

This is a nine-month, full-time position with a renewable two-year contract and the opportunity for promotion (for more information on the Instructor ranks, see The candidate will advance the instructional mission of CALS and departments by teaching undergraduate level courses that are Pathways or part of CALS minors and providing administrative assistance with experiential learning opportunities. This position involves engaging in administrative management of academic college level minor degree programs, as well as curricular development and course transformations, adopting innovative and incorporating inclusive pedagogical practices. The college 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 candidate will be expected to serve on departmental, college, or university committees as a contributing member of the broader university community.

Interested candidates should provide:
1) a cover letter
2) a curriculum vitae
3) names and contact information for three references
4) a Teaching Statement that describes: your teaching pedagogical approaches; your philosophy about learning and how that is reflected in your teaching; and future ideas or plans for pedagogical experimentation or innovation
5) a Diversity Statement that describes: your experience engaging with students of diverse backgrounds and/or fostering diverse perspectives; and how you would approach creating an inclusive learning environment in the classroom, laboratory and/or broader university community.

The anticipated start date is January 10, 2023.

Required Qualifications

• M.S. in agriculture, food systems, human nutrition, or another similar discipline
• Experience teaching food related content at the undergraduate level
• Excellent communication skills
• Demonstrated management skills of an undergraduate or graduate program

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience teaching food 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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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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