• Ph.D. in agricultural, natural resource or environmental communication, journalism, or closely related field. Applications from ABD candidates will be considered as long as they can document that they will have completed all degree requirements by the starting date of this position.
• Demonstrated competence in written and oral communication skills used in agricultural, food and natural resources communication/journalism.
• Demonstrated potential to develop a strong record in teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students with diverse academic goals. This might include traditional classroom instruction as well as teaching with alternative delivery methods (e.g., web-based, hybrid).
• Evidence of using agricultural, food, natural resources, and environmental sciences as a context for teaching and discovery in the field of communication.
• Experience in strategic communication or related fields in private, public or government sector settings.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in interdisciplinary settings and engagement with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
• Excellence in teaching and advising post-secondary and adult learners.
• Demonstrated excellence in using social media and distance delivery instructional technologies in teaching.
• Demonstrated commitment to support engagement with diverse cultures and perspectives and to provide culturally infused curricula and pedagogies
About the Job
Teaching Assistant Professor - Agricultural, Food and Natural Resource Communication
Located in the Division of Applied Economics and Agricultural Education, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota, this is a 9-month, non-tenure track Teaching Assistant Professor position. This position will develop and teach innovative and effective courses within the Agricultural Communication and Marketing (ACM) undergraduate program. Emphasis will be on the delivery of core courses for the ACM major and on advising students and student groups. Expectations include the development and delivery of new courses. This position is a full-time, 9-month annually renewable appointment. Promotional opportunities exist within an established teaching track. Candidates will be expected to teach a minimum of 12 credits per year, with the typical load being 5 courses per year.
This position includes responsibilities for teaching, advising, and service related to Agricultural, Food and Natural Resource Communication programs consistent with the mission of CFANS and the Division of Applied Economics and Agricultural Education. Specific responsibilities include:
a) Teaching and Advising (95%): Exemplary teaching of existing courses and visionary leadership for new courses in the Agricultural Communication and Marketing (ACM) major. Developing innovative strategies to leverage complementary educational resources with others, including within CFANS, Extension, the broader University (e.g., Journalism and Mass Communications) and regional communication firms and agribusinesses. Provide leadership in development of new communication courses consistent with the mission of CFANS. These courses will be designed to deliver communications in an agricultural and natural resources context to students in diverse majors across the college. Courses include current courses in persuasive and media writing, and principles of agricultural and environmental communication. New courses to be developed could include campaign development and management, social and emerging media technologies in agriculture and natural resources, current issues in agriculture, and agricultural publications. Advising of undergraduate students in Agricultural Communications and Marketing.
b) Service (5%): Participate in the activities of relevant professional organizations. Participate in committees and organizations to advance the academic mission of our programs. Advise undergraduatestudent clubs (e.g., ACT chapter, FFA CDE).