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Auckland University of Technology Senior Lecturer Gastronomy (Equiv to Junior Associate)Edit

Auckland University of Technology's (AUT) School of Hospitality and Tourism in the Faculty of Culture and Society is seeking to make an appointment in Gastronomy at the Senior Lecturer level. The preferred applicant will be expected to take an active role in teaching at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop new postgraduate papers in the Masters in Gastronomy (subject to approval). There is also increasing demand for postgraduate supervision in areas relating to gastronomy. Participation in community and business outreach relevant to the tourism field will be encouraged as will involvement with the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (

The successful applicant will possess a PhD in a relevant discipline. Experience in teaching is essential, and an emerging record of publications would be an advantage. Good interpersonal skills and an interest in building strategic alliances within the University and with the outside community will also be valued.

Enquiries of an academic nature may be made to John Kelly, HOD (Culinary Arts) at  or on 09-921-9999 ext. 8457.

Anticipated Start Date: Monday 2nd March 2015

Job Reference: 29489 

Closing Date: Friday 28th November 2014, 5.00 PM.

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Postdoctoral Fellows Program (Due Oct. 1)Edit

Postdoctoral Fellows Program: Food Systems Resilience to Climate Change

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning early January 2015 that will be a part of a new SESYNC–USDA collaboration to catalyze data-driven research on food systems resilience to climate change. SESYNC seeks applications from PhD-level researchers with an interest in and/or prior research experience with data-driven analytical and/or modeling approaches to synthesize existing climate, socio-economic, demographic, and environmental data to address pressing questions related to food/agro-ecological systems resilience to climate change. The SESYNC postdoctoral fellow will also lead the planning, organization, and management of the new SESYNC–USDA “Data to Motivate Synthesis” Program.

This new program will provide a unique opportunity for 25 early career scholars to co-develop research projects through a series of data exploration workshops with the cyberinfrastructure support needed to understand and predict food systems resilience under a changing climate

We welcome applications from PhD-level researchers with experience using data-driven analytical and/or modeling approaches to address pressing questions related to food/agro-ecological systems resilience to climate change. Successful applicants will also demonstrate experience with and/or interest in research project/program management and supporting collaborative interdisciplinary team research among early career researchers. Applicants should have experience visualizing and analyzing complex datasets and possess basic computational skills including database and metadata creation and management and R or similar statistical and data processing software. Experience with geospatial tools (e.g., ArcGIS) and analysis is a plus.

  • Phone interviews scheduled for the week of Oct. 27-31
  • In-person interview scheduled Oct. 28 for Nov. 3

University of Michigan Assistant Professor in Sustainable Food Systems (due Oct. 1)Edit

The position focuses broadly on social science aspects of sustainability in the food system from production to consumption, with either an international or a domestic focus. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to conduct high-impact research within the context of sustainable food systems. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to topics such as alternative food systems, community-supported agriculture, emergency food systems, industrial food systems, sustainability and resilience of agroecosystems; ecosystem services within agricultural landscapes; urban farming; freshwater or seafood aquaculture; environmental considerations associated with urban gardens and local food systems versus regional or international scale food distribution systems; the links between agriculture and food sovereignty or food security; water or nutrient concerns related to agriculture; supply chains; or value chains. Applicants’ substantive training and expertise may be in any field relevant to food systems, including business, economics, sociology, rural sociology, human geography, political ecology, political science, public policy, urban planning, natural resources, sustainability science, agriculture, and related disciplines.
In addition to disciplinary depth, we seek candidates with experience, skills, and interest in integrating knowledge from multiple domains. Candidates should consequently possess the broad interests, skills, and temperament to interact effectively and build collaborations with other researchers, within SNRE and elsewhere.

  • initial Skype interviews held with 11 candidates (Week of Dec 3, 2014)
  • Folks invited for Interviews (Dec 22, 2014)

Boston University (MA) - Assistant Professor GastronomyEdit

Humanities/Gastronomy: Title: Assistant Professor of Gastronomy. Position Description: Boston University's Metropolitan College seeks a dynamic and creative faculty to lead its nationally recognized graduate program in Gastronomy ( starting July 1, 2015. Founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin the MLA in Gastronomy is a multidisciplinary program that encompasses the arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences, while providing opportunities for professional concentrations in the history of food and culture, food policy, communications, and business. Responsibilities: Serve as the faculty coordinator for the program, teach and develop curriculum for the program's graduate courses, serve on committees, assume departmental and college administrative responsibilities, and pursue scholarly activities. In addition to teaching, research and service to the college, program coordinator duties include recruiting, advising, and mentoring students and new faculty, as well as collaborating with other university departments to coordinate the liberal arts curriculum. The ideal candidate must have a record of effective graduate -level teaching and of scholarly work in the field of food studies. This is a full-time non-tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a 2-5 years renewable contract. Position Requirements: The successful candidate must hold a terminal degree in a humanities or a social science discipline and be qualified to teach graduate courses in food studies. Salary: Commensurate with experience. Application: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference, preferably via email. The committee will review applications as they are submitted, with the intention to complete the search by February 1, 2015. Send applications to: Barbara Rotger, Program Manager, Boston University, Metropolitan College, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 111, Boston, MA 02215, Boston University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. - See more at:

- campus visits scheduled

- Any updates? (April 8, 2015)

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