The Institute for Food Laws and Regulations at Michigan State University invites applications for an Academic Specialist - Teacher - Fixed Term to teach the online food law courses. This position is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure appointment at the level of academic specialist (teaching). This is a one-year appointment with a possibility of renewal, subject to funding and needs. The position is open until filled. The position starts in the summer 2024 semester (May 1, 2024).
The Academic Specialist is expected to present an outstanding educational experience for students using a combination of online readings, recorded lectures, exercises, discussions, and assessments. The instructor is also responsible for being available to students to answer questions by course email and in written discussion forums. In addition, the instructor will enter the students’ grades through the online course sites.
The courses are taught completely via the Internet. 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.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities - Teach the undergraduate course in United States food law, FSC 421, in the summer semester, two graduate-level food law courses in the fall semester, and two graduate-level food law in the spring semester. - Prepare and deliver recorded course lectures. - Develop reading assignments, exercises, and assessments. Lead discussion and respond to student questions. - Make continuous course improvement. - Update course materials as needed (syllabus, readings, lectures, exercises, and assessments). - Grade assignments, quizzes, and exams. Enter grading records on the course website. - Assist with other projects supporting the IFLR, such as public speaking and promotion.
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.
Other -Advanced degree in law (J.D), a related
- Experience with the application of food law. Knowledge equivalent to that would be acquired by completing a master’s degree in food law. - Ability to deliver a graduate-level college course in food law. - One to three years of relevant online teaching experience contributing toward the candidate’s ability to perform the expected teaching duties. - Strong writing, research, and communication skills. - A strong commitment to student education and well-being. - Keen interest in teaching food law. - An excellent academic record. - Proficiency in using electronic media, such as presentation software.
- Experience developing and teaching courses. - Skill with online graduate-level education. - Experience working in an academic setting. - Experience with a major learning management system, such as D2L. - Knowledge of best practices in education. - Ability to work independently with little direction. - Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to organize and prioritize work and tasks effectively and efficiently.
Required Application Materials
- A letter of interest - Curriculum vita - Statement of teaching philosophy - Names and email addresses of three references
All application documents must be assembled and submitted as a single PDF file.
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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.
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