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Job Detail: Faculty Vacancies

About Sterling College:

Sterling College is a private, environmental college focused on the human relationship with the natural world and a place where what you do every day really matters.

Today, Sterling College is an accredited four-year institution and America’s leading voice in Environmental Stewardship, educating students from all over the world in the science, philosophy, and skills of environmental sustainability. We offer five environmentally focused undergraduate majors and a self-designed major in the context of an ecology-inspired education. Our mission is to prepare coming generations in the “whys” and “hows” of personal and professional environmental stewardship.

Sterling is also proud to serve as a beacon for environmental education and campus sustainability. Sterling College was one of the first colleges in the country to have a farm. We were the third college in the nation, and the first in Vermont, to divest our endowment from fossil fuel investments, and we have received a STARS Gold Rating in recognition of our sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

 

Position Summary:

Sterling College is conducting searches to identify seven new colleagues to join its faculty. The College seeks to make one or more appointments as early as May 2021 and to have all faculty in place by September 2021. The faculty positions include Fiber Arts, Outdoor Education, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Woodworking, 

 

Position Responsibilities:

Fiber Arts, Craftsbury Common, Vermont (part-time)

Sterling College seeks a part-time fiber artist candidate who can teach introductory fiber based classes, maintain our fiber studio space, mentor students in individual projects, and is rooted in the specifics of local ecosystems. The experience of candidates should include: experience as an educator and practitioner in fiber arts, connections with a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and expertise including fiber arts technical skills such as weaving and natural dyeing, and the intersection between fiber and sustainable agriculture. The successful hire will have access to the studio space for any complementary personal and professional needs beyond the responsibilities of this part-time position, as mutually agreed upon by the Dean of Academics. In addition, opportunities to teach and develop programs for Professional Studies may expand this part-time role.

Outdoor Education, Craftsbury Common, Vermont (two positions; full-time)

Sterling College seeks two candidates who can support further growth in experiential and outdoor education within the major and the curriculum as a whole. The experience and expertise of these new faculty could include: educational pedagogy, urban-based outdoor education, expeditionary skills, therapeutic or adaptive recreation, public teaching licensure, nature-based mentoring, wilderness medicine instruction, business management and program administration, and outdoor technical skills.

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Craftsbury Common, Vermont (full-time)

Sterling College seeks a candidate with experience and expertise in draft animal power and one or more of the following areas: animal-based agroecology, sustainable livestock production, integrated grazing systems, vertebrate biology, pasture or range ecology, and whole farm planning. The candidate will be expected to 1 teach courses in the areas listed above, as well as contribute to the foundational curriculum of the college. In addition, this candidate would provide curricular oversight in the draft animal power systems minor.

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Craftsbury Common, Vermont (full-time)

Sterling College seeks a candidate with experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: farm and food policy, community food security, sustainable diets or human nutrition, entrepreneurialism and/or non-profit management or small business management. The candidate will be expected to teach courses in the areas listed above, as well as contribute to the foundational curriculum of the college. Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Port Royal, Kentucky (full-time) Sterling College seeks to complement existing areas of faculty expertise and to strengthen its focus on sustainable livestock husbandry in its Wendell Berry Farming Program. The College seeks candidates with experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: animal-based agroecology, sustainable livestock production, integrated grazing systems, pasture or range ecology, appropriate technology. The candidate will be expected to teach courses in these areas, and additional courses in their areas of interests.

Woodworking, Craftsbury Common, Vermont (part-time) Sterling College seeks a woodworking candidate who can teach introductory wood based classes, maintain our woodworking studio, mentor students in individual projects, and is rooted in the specifics of local ecosystems. The experience and expertise of candidates should include: experience as an educator and practitioner in woodworking, and connections with a broad range of artists and craftspeople. Sample course topic areas include, but are not limited to, machine woodworking, hand tools and green woodworking, and timber framing.

The successful hire will have access to the studio space for any complementary personal and professional needs beyond the responsibilities of this part-time position, as mutually agreed upon by the Dean of Academics. In addition, opportunities to teach and develop programs for Professional Studies may expand this part-time role.


Position Qualifications:

Having relevant teaching experience, subject matter expertise, and advanced academic credentials and/or substantial practitioner experience in fields related to these searches is essential. Sterling encourages applications from candidates who have professionally demonstrated a commitment to interdisciplinary, experiential, outdoor-oriented, hands-on learning through study and work as well as our ecological thinking and action mission, and a commitment to pedagogy that integrates multicultural perspectives in the curriculum and promotes inclusion in the classroom. The College is committed to in-person instruction, but experience and familiarity using online tools will be seen as a strength. Faculty responsibilities include academic advising and service on committees or councils, and contributing to the foundational curriculum of the college, including A Sense of Place, our longstanding student orientation program. Sterling is one of nine federally designated work colleges. As such, these new faculty members will also serve as work program supervisors.

 

Wage, Timing, and Additional Information:

Sterling College offers competitive compensation and benefits in vibrant rural communities in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (1.5 hours from Burlington) and in Henry County, Kentucky (45 minutes from Louisville). Salary will be commensurate with experience.


To Apply:

The Dean of Academics and the Search Committee will begin to review candidates on December 1, 2020. Candidates who have submitted materials prior to December 7, 2020 will receive full consideration and the searches will continue until successful appointments have been made.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and details of three references to Caitlin Miller, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of Faculty Search (caitlin.miller@sterlingcollege.edu).

Outdoor Education applicants should also send an Outdoor Resume or Experience Log.

About the job

Location Craftsbury Common, Vermont
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 26 November 2020

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Phone (802) 586-7711 x 111
Website https://sterlingcollege.edu/
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Street PO Box 72
City Craftsbury Common
District Vermont
Zip 05827
Country United States