The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in Food Studies at the rank of assistant or associate professor to begin in August 2017. The position will be based in one of the following units of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, with possibilities for joint appointment: Anthropology, Communication, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Geography and Development, or Sociology (see sbs.arizona.edu for information on these units).
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 12, 2016. The position will be open until filled.
We seek candidates who specialize in the critical examination of food and society in cultural, historical, geographic, political, social, and/or environmental context and with a commitment to working with communities on food issues. Research areas of interest might include: regional food studies; food justice; food policy; globalization of food systems and food commodities; food security and consumption; indigenous, ethnic, and traditional foods studies; sustainable food systems; food ethics, values, or rights; or community, urban, or trans-border food and agricultural connections. Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic about interdisciplinary research and collaborations across the college and with other colleges of the university and about the potential for collaboration with local and regional communities. The successful candidate should have experience in, or show commitment to, community food advocacy at the local, regional, and/or global level, and experience or commitment to working with diverse and underrepresented populations.
The successful applicant will join a vibrant and exciting group of scholars, students, and community members who are interested in food studies including a new Center for Regional Food Studies (http://foodstudies.arizona.edu/). Ongoing university-wide collaborations focus on foodways of the Southwestern U.S. and border region; global climate change and food systems; the nexus of water, food, and energy; and food studies as part of area, ethnic and gender studies, agricultural extension and education, and health and international development. University of Arizona students work across the campus and the community in projects that promote composting, support community and school gardens, and advocate for food justice. The Tucson region hosts numerous food organizations and events such as an innovative Community Food Bank, Native Seed/Search, the Southwest Folk Alliance, and groups working on food issues with refugees and migrants, the city, tribes, schools, farm groups, and restaurants. The city was recently named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy—the first in the U.S.—within the Creative Cities Network in recognition of its long history of farmed landscapes, cultural food heritage, and innovations in local food activities and food security.
The successful candidate will develop and maintain an active, vibrant, and recognized research program and will typically teach two courses per semester the undergraduate and graduate levels. Mentoring and advising students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, is expected, as is a willingness to teach and advise a planned undergraduate degree in Food Studies. The faculty member will also participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service, and will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity and inclusion, and expanding collaborations with community, government, and business partners.
In the cover letter, candidates should address their experiences with and commitment to diverse communities.
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