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Assistant/Associate Professor in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Dalhousie University

We are seeking outstanding candidates with a demonstrated track record of expertise related to food security and sustainable agriculture. The position could begin as early as September 2021 or as late as January 2022, with some flexibility.

Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture are priority areas and critical research themes of Dalhousie University and the Faculty of Agriculture. These themes link to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #2, Ending hunger, Enhancing food security, Improved nutrition, Sustainable agriculture. The position is also relevant to UN SDG goals #1, Ending poverty; #3, Health and Well-being; #8, Decent work and economic growth; #12, Responsible consumption and production; #14, Life under water; and #15, Life on land (UN SDG (Home | Sustainable Development (

It is recognized that Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture are inter-related but discrete concepts, and as such, expertise in one or the other would be welcomed while also expecting that the successful candidate would acquire expertise in the other broad area. For example, areas of expertise in food security are broadly defined to include, among other areas, Indigenous concepts of food and nutrition security, food deserts and household food insecurity, food safety, and community food security. Areas of expertise in sustainable agriculture may focus on food sovereignty, livelihoods strategies, sustainable diets, food systems analyses, fair trade and co-operative systems, enhancements to food production practices, innovations with food and the bio-economy, and the impacts of gender and climate change on farming systems. These broad areas of food security and sustainable agriculture could be applied to the Global North and/or the Global South as well as their intersections.

Methodological approaches are open but could include applied and community-based research, ethnographic field studies in agricultural systems, interdisciplinary studies in food and nutrition security or sustainable food systems.

The successful candidate will be evaluated on their potential to become an international leader in the fields of food security and sustainable agriculture and will be expected to develop a strong externally funded, internationally recognized research program for training graduate and undergraduate students. The candidate will be a multidisciplinary researcher with demonstrated potential to collaborate across departments and build research networks within the Faculty of Agriculture. We seek a team-player and team-builder who can forge synergies within and among academia, government research institutions, industry, civic outreach to local communities, and other stakeholders within and beyond the Atlantic Region. This role requires a clear, stimulating, and compelling communicator who can inspire students, support Faculty initiatives, serve on Faculty committees, and participate in growing the reputation of the Faculty and University.
The successful applicant must:

Hold PhD, at or near completion, with research experience in food security, sustainable agriculture, or closely related disciplines such as applied ecology, agroecology, rural development and planning, environmental sciences, interdisciplinary studies that demonstrate links among agriculture, environment, health, economics, equity, and society;

Demonstrate ability to publish in peer reviewed journals, book chapters or other scholarly work;

Demonstrate experience in, or potential to, teach effectively at an undergraduate level and graduate level;

Demonstrate potential to become an international leader in their field, and potential to acquire research funding through grant-writing, develop a strong externally funded program including Tri-Council funding (;

Demonstrate a willingness to engage in enriching the diversity culture in teaching, research and service; and

Demonstrate a lived experience and worldview that foster critical perspectives and cultural contributions.

Desirable assets include:

Demonstration of professional development related to teaching;

Experience teaching to international students;

Ability to guide and work with graduate students;

Demonstration of engaging in social learning, changing systems, or civic engagement;

Demonstration of leadership and collaboration; and

Applied experience in food security and sustainable agriculture also could be valuable to this role.

A complete application package for this position must include:
• A cover letter summarizing qualifications and experience related to this position, particularly self-identification with one or more of the priority groups (2 pages maximum).

• A detailed CV.
• A prospective research plan which includes your approach to EDI* (3 page maximum).
• A statement on teaching interests, experience, and philosophy which includes your approach to EDI* (2 page maximum)
• Two recent publications related to food security and sustainable agriculture or closely related disciplines.

• Names, addresses and emails of three references (applicants selected for further consideration will be notified before referees are contacted).

EDI: A statement relating to how equity, diversity, and inclusivity will be integrated and promoted within your teaching and research (up to 2 paragraphs in each of your teaching and research statements).

The Faculty of Agriculture ( is on the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, located in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Faculty offers technical, undergraduate, and graduate (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) programs in agriculture, aquaculture, environment, and related life and social science disciplines, and is home to approximately 1,000 students and 50+ professors, including current and past Canada Research Chairs. Dalhousie University is the leading graduate and research university of Atlantic Canada, with more than 18,500 students, including 3,500 in graduate programs, from 115 countries.
The Department of Business and Social Sciences is home to a vibrant team of social scientists and others plus instructors focused on three broad academic or scholarly areas, including Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics and Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department has a rich tradition and long history of providing service to industry and communities, made possible through research and various outreach/extension initiatives. For more information visit

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. In keeping with the principles of employment equity and Dalhousie’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is restricted to candidates who self-identify in one or more of the following groups: Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. (See for definitions of these groups.) All such qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates in order to ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at:

For further information regarding this position, or to request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, please contact the Co-chair of the selection committee, Dr. Kathleen Kevany, Faculty of Agriculture:

Review of applications will begin in June 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Open Date 04/28/2021
Close Date 06/01/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2. Cover Letter
3. Teaching Statement
4. Research Statement
5. List of referees
6. Sample Publication(s)