Monmouth College: Food Security Initiative – Three Faculty Positions

 Monmouth College 

Food Security Initiative – Three Faculty Positions

Monmouth College, a selective, private, residential liberal arts college is creating an interdisciplinary emphasis in Food Security, conducting tenure-track searches in Anthropology, Biology, and Economics at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. Individuals with a background in Anthropology, Biology, or Economics and a strong interest in issues related to the production, uses, and/or accessibility of food are invited to apply.  An important element of the work of the Food Security Faculty is an understanding of the special role that the American Heartland can play in the emerging global economy.  The successful applicants will help create an innovative model for liberal arts education by fostering the integration of knowledge in service of the important issues facing our world.  Monmouth’s curricular focus on integrated learning is reinforced by a modern academic building that was designed to foster interactions across disciplines.

Located in the welcoming community of Monmouth, Illinois, the college is a member of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest.  Following the adoption and implementation of a groundbreaking interdisciplinary general education curriculum and the finalization of a bold strategic plan, the college is now prepared to move confidently forward as an innovator among liberal arts colleges in the use of coordinated hiring for programmatic initiatives, the first one devoted to Food Security. 

The successful candidate will be committed to undergraduate teaching excellence, to teaching and research focused upon food security, scholarship, academic advising, and the College’s liberal arts mission.  Candidates must show enthusiasm for interdisciplinary teaching and for participating in general education, including Monmouth’s Integrated Studies Curriculum.

 Anthropology – The successful candidate will possess expertise in the field of food studies (local and global food cultures, food and inequality, food networks).  Potential courses include Introduction to Anthropology, Anthropology of Food/Food Cultures, an area Anthropology course, or other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Biology – The successful candidate will possess expertise to work at the intersection of global food production and human nutrition, health and wellness.  Potential courses include genetics, molecular/cellular biology, nutrition, microbiology, anatomy/physiology, developmental biology, plant pathology or other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

 Economics – Candidates will utilize economic analysis in courses related to food production and distribution.  Potential courses include agricultural economics, logistics, and public policy analysis.  Candidates will also be expected to teach some of the following courses: principles of economics, intermediate economic theory or upper level elective courses in business or economics. 

Review of applications will begin mid – in January 2014 and continue until position is filled. Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, research statement, and three letters of recommendation by e-mail to: Dr. David Timmerman, Dean of the Faculty, Monmouth College at  The candidate’s teaching and research statements should give particular attention to working on Food Security with the other members of the triad as well as other Monmouth College faculty members who will join the effort.

Monmouth College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to diversity and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

David Timmerman
Dean of the Faculty
Academic Affairs
+1 309-457-2325 office
Monmouth College
700 East Broadway
Monmouth IL 61462-1998

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