The Institute for Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR) in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 12-month fixed-term Academic Specialist with 0% research, 85% teaching and 15% administration. The position's start date is anticipated to be July 1, 2023.
This position, reporting to the IFLR Director, will assist with IFLR management, oversee IFLR instructors, and teach online food law courses. This full-time position will be responsible for the following:
Supervise part-time instructors and management of guest lecturers.
Assist with course evaluations. Ensure high-quality instruction and educational materials that meet the needs of IFLR students.
Develop, maintain, and teach four or more online courses each year. Courses will be determined based on background and IFLR needs but might include USDA FSIS law, the FSVP rule and food import law, Codex Alimentarius, the law of produce safety, and food regulatory affairs.
Teach a minimum of 40 3-credit IFLR students per year.
Cultivate and maintain relationships with IFLR partners (Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, MSU College of Law, Online Master’s in Food Safety) to ensure coordination of resources and provision of appropriate courses.
Promote IFLR and draw students to IFLR courses. Represent IFLR at conferences, workshops, and trade shows.
Ongoing assessment to support continuous improvements in the program and the quality of courses delivered. Assist with budget development and planning. Assist with the strategic vision and leadership for IFLR.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Doctorate -J.D. (or an equivalent in a closely related
J.D. (or an equivalent in a closely related field).
Demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality instruction.
Expertise in food law.
Advanced understanding of delivering online education.
Demonstrated effective service to an organization or institution.
Demonstrated ability to recruit or attract new clients/students.
Demonstrated leadership in the field of food law.
Demonstrated ability to lead, coordinate, and supervise the work of colleagues.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
Demonstrated initiative and willingness to learn and take on new challenges.
Understanding of the best evidence-based educational practices.
Experience teaching graduate-level classes.
Experience teaching online courses.
One to three years of related and progressively more responsible work experience in planning and management.
Required Application Materials
1-page teaching statement
A list of three references
All four of the above must be submitted as a single PDF.
The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/
For consideration, submit your application online at http://careers.msu.edu. Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes a statement that highlights how your experiences align with the position; b) a current curriculum vitae; c) a statement of your teaching philosophy that highlights your alignment with our desired qualifications (2‐page maximum); and d) contact information for three professional references. All three must be part of a single PDF when submitted with an application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Review of Applications: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 6, 2023, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee: Andrea Besley, Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remote Work Statement
MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is part of the leading Land Grant University, Michigan State University. FSHN has strong programs in food and health and is committed to linking food, the environment, and human health. Its highly collaborative and productive faculty provide a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion.
Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water and the environment. MSU enjoys a park‐like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of >500,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at https://worklife.msu.edu/dual-career. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at http://worklife.msu.edu/ .
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view FSHN norms at https://www.canr.msu.edu/fshn/about.
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