The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) at MSU invites applications for an Outreach / Teaching Specialist who will provide leadership and assistance necessary to foster the development of school based agriculture, food and natural resource education (AFNRE) in the state of Michigan. This specialist’s work will reflect the Michigan Dept of Education’s (MDE) program standards for AFNRE, the mission statements of the MSU College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CANR) and the CSUS Dept.
It is anticipated that the assignment for this annual year position will be approximately 50% MDE State Supervisor duties/50% CSUS teaching and outreach.
Duties: Responsibilities will include (but limited to):
- In cooperation with the Michigan Department of Education, serve as the State Supervisor for school based AFNR education in Michigan with the specified duties (see attached Appendix A);
- Work with the CSUS faculty/staff team advancing the school based AFNR education program;
- Teach courses in the field of AFNR education, including, but not limited to, courses during MSU/CSUS/AFNRE students’ internship (student teaching) year;
- Assist the CSUS Undergraduate Affairs and Curriculum Committee in implementing AFNRE student recruitment and retention as well as support CSUS student organizations and educational activities;
- Assist the AFNR education team and its partners with teacher in-service/professional development, volunteer training, youth events, and other activities (e.g., FFA, 4-H), when available;
- Participate in professional development activities in order to maintain effectiveness, to maintain a disciplinary competence in an educational role, and to communicate with stakeholders;
- Other duties as assigned.
This is a fixed-term faculty position, 12-month basis, 100% time appointment, with recurring funds. This is not a tenure track position, but is within the academic specialist system. If the candidate is reappointed after two 3-year probationary periods, he/she may receive continuing appointment status as an Academic Specialist.
Appendix A. Services to be provided to MDE include: develop, review and approve new programs; advise local districts on curriculum development issues; prepare and implement a professional development plan for AFNR teachers; serve as a liaison to the MAAE and to the MHTA; serve as a liaison with business, industry, and state departments; disseminate information to teachers and administrators; disseminate information and provide in-service support for teachers; develop funding proposals related to AFNR initiatives; provide input to State Plan and other policy setting processes; review and monitor added cost funding issues and respond to questions. Disseminate information to AFNR programs; participate in professional development activities at the state and national level; participate in MDE and OCTE staff meetings; participate in MDE scheduled Career and Technical Education administrator meetings; update, distribute and monitor AFNRE programmatic guidelines and standards at the secondary level; coordinate with MDE and resolve teacher certification issues; interpret and answer questions regarding risk management; aid in the development and implementation of State and National education plan; advise MSU AFNR TE Program and secondary AFNR programs on curriculum development initiatives; disseminate information and provide in-service support for teachers regarding educational changes; respond to teacher and administrator questions concerning issues and/or problems related to AFNR programming, administration, and funding; evaluate current AFNR secondary programs and provide technical assistance through the TRAC process; fulfill the role of the State FFA Advisor based on Public Law 740; other duties as assigned related to secondary AFNR programs Applicants will be evaluated for the following criteria: minimum requirements include a Master’s Degree in agriculture, food and natural resources education or equivalent; demonstrated leadership experience in education programming; at least 10 years of successful secondary teaching experience in AFNR or related field; tenured within a school system or career technical education center; experience working as a mentor teacher with interns is preferred; ability to work effectively and collegially, and to work both independently and collaboratively; ability to think creatively and be open to new ideas, current research and best practices in AFNR education; willingness to foster positive change and inclusivity; and a proven commitment to support and implement programs that foster and sustain diversity within AFNR education; demonstrated interpersonal, communication and technology competencies to work effectively with diverse stakeholders in AFNR education, including teacher organizations, AFNR groups/agencies, and colleagues in CANR and the MSU College of Education; ability to work and travel to some evening and weekend events and conferences.