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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems – Canada Research Chair
Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Areas of expertise appropriate for this CRC include (but are not limited to) agroecology and cropping/farm systems, field and protected vegetable crop production, agricultural economics, and farm business management. Applications must be received by June 30, 2014.
Assistant/Associate Professor in Food Systems (Tenure Track)
The University of Vermont seeks candidates to join us in building our capacity to understand the interconnected aspects of the modern food system and to develop creative models for sustainable food systems.
Candidates should have a demonstrated record of collaborative, transdisciplinary work and a desire to engage with colleagues across UVM colleges and departments. Anticipated start date is within the 2014–2015 academic year, subject to negotiation.
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Sustainable Agriculture Undergraduate Degree Programs:
A Land-Grant University Mission
by Krista L. Jacobsena,*, Kim L. Niewolnyb, Michelle S. Schroeder-Morenoc, Mark Van Hornd, Alison H. Harmone, Yolanda H. Chen Fanslowf, Mark A. Williamsg, and Damian Parrh
http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2012.023.004, pp. 13–26
There has been considerable growth in the number undergraduate degree programs in sustainable agriculture (SA) in universities and colleges across the country in the past 25 years. As a subset of this national trend, land-grant universities (LGUs) are emerging as catalysts in innovative SA program development, in part due to the LGU tripartite mission of education, extension, and research. This mission compels LGUs to develop undergraduate degree offerings to engage student, faculty, and community stakeholders who are increasingly interested in SA. In this article, which is an outcome of a gathering of faculty, staff and students from SA programs at LGUs at a workshop prior to the 4th National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference in August 2011, we discuss the justification for SA programming at LGUs, the emergence of SA major and minor degrees at 11 LGUs to date, the common successes and challenges of current SA programs, strategies for improving existing SA programming, and systematic approaches for expanding SA education impact across institutional lines. We also introduce several additional topic-based articles that resulted from workshop dialogue that appear in this issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, including civic engagement efforts in SA education through community-university partnerships, a critical documentation of the implicit inclusion of values into SA education, and efforts to internationalize SA curriculum.
Keywords: experiential education, Higher Education Challenge Grant, interdisciplinary education, land-grant universities, sustainable agriculture education
Note: This paper is the introductory paper of four submitted by Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) members at land-grant universities who met in August 2011 prior to the National SAEA Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, to discuss the state of sustainable agriculture programs at their institutions.
a,* Corresponding author: Krista L. Jacobsen, N-310C Agricultural Sciences North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546 USA; +1-859-257-3921;
b 282 Litton Reaves Hall, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA; + 1-540-231-5784;
h http://sustainableaged.org/ ;
Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.
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