Tenure Track or Tenured Faculty Position 
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University invites applications for an Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor with a specialization in sustainable food systems. We seek candidates from the social sciences with a focused line of research on food system development and evolution. Applicant’s background should bridge the nexus of food, community development, and sustainability, and ideally would have an analytical background in social-ecological systems. We are particularly interested in candidates studying food systems within a U.S. context that possess mixed-methods research skills or systems modeling ability.  We are also interested in candidates who work across disciplines with a record of interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-supported research program. Candidates may be appointed at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Appointment at the full professor level may be possible for a candidate with an exceptional research record in the specified areas of expertise. 


This position is partially funded by Indiana University Bloomington’s Emerging Areas of Research initiative (, which underwrites the Sustainable Food Systems Science (SFSS) program. The SFSS team seeks to understand sustainable food system development by studying the leverage points used to build more resilient and sustainable food systems. The candidate will join a growing, interdisciplinary community of colleagues across the University, with opportunities for joining research projects in the United States (Indiana, New York, New Mexico), Brazil, Italy, Madagascar, Norway, and Zambia. The candidate will contribute to SPEA’s developing food systems research and curriculum.


Minimum educational qualifications include a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., sociology, economics, community development, public policy and affairs, geography, anthropology) and evidence of a developed research program. The successful applicant is expected to start August 1, 2019, and to have completed the Ph.D. by that date. 


We are especially interested in applicants with a record of successful teaching and mentoring of students from all backgrounds (including first-generation college students, low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, etc.) and an interest in contributing to SPEA’s programs, curricular offerings, and research portfolio in ways that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion; applicants are encouraged to address these topics in the letter of application.


SPEA-Bloomington is a world leader in public affairs education, and is among the largest schools of public administration and public policy in the United States with 34,000 alumni around the world. In the 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” reported by U.S. News & World Report, SPEA-Bloomington ranks first, making it the nation's highest-ranked professional graduate program in public affairs. Five of its specialty programs are ranked in the top-five listings.


To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by October 31, 2018, however, the search will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement, up to three papers, and contact information of three references electronically to Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to Dr. James Farmer ([log in to unmask]). 


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Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.



James Farmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University