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The School of Food Science (SFS) and Washington State University (WSU) Mount Vernon Research Center serve the region’s growing food industry; much of this new growth is around the production of specialty foods and beverages. The School of Food Science is a unique joint venture integrating food science faculty and program and educational programs from the University of Idaho and Washington State University into a single unit. The synergy derived from joining resources bolsters SFS international impact and recognition. This specialist will have the opportunity to address the needs of industry, stakeholders, and communities across the state and nationally providing solutions through relevant and engaging teaching, technical support and outreach programs.
The successful candidate will:
• Teach the successful Cider School programs throughout the year.
• Teach courses in food production and processing in SFS using hybrid models and by distance. The successful candidate would be expected to collaborate with basic and applied scientists across the university and region to successfully build teaching program. S/he must be able to integrate teaching and outreach activities to meet the needs of the regional food industry.
• Produce outreach publications in the area of food processing and food entrepreneurship.
• Provide statewide leadership in food science through educational programs, publications and technical assistance to a diverse audience of stakeholders.
• Lead extension efforts in support of specialty food and beverage processing, and safety for the regional industry.
• Provide technical support for the cider and specialty foods industries in Western Washington.
• Collaborate with university colleagues, the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) and others, to develop and deliver extension and outreach efforts in food science, business development, agriculture, and resource management. Monitor impacts of these programs.
• Develop collaborative relationships with state and federal agencies and other organizations that develop or influence food policy.
• Extend the reach of WSU Extension by integrating distance technology into program delivery through web pages, electronic mailing, apps, multimedia technology, social media and other emerging technologies.
• Provide relevant professional development opportunities to county based faculty and staff.
• Build capacity to sustain and grow programs through stakeholder empowerment and/or leadership development.
• Masters or Ph.D. in Food Science or related field.
• Significant food industry experience.
• Experience in food related teaching or outreach in a professional or university setting.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity/willingness to engage diverse constituents in educational and research programs.
• Excellent verbal and written communication.
• Knowledge of current and emerging food and beverage issues.
• Capability to conduct programs that address food science issues.
• Knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies in a global environment.
• Knowledge about documenting program impacts and make timely reports as required.
• Leadership and teamwork to work collaboratively, independently and harmoniously with other people.
• Ability to use computer, smart devices, and web-based technologies.
• Ability to develop and carry out plans for fee-generating educational and outreach activities.
• Demonstrated success in the area of contracts, gifts or grant development.
• Seek opportunities to serve on state, regional and national committees to promote food and agriculture.
The School of Food Science is jointly administered by Washington State University and the University of Idaho, just 8 miles apart. Students can earn a B.S., M.S. (including on line option in MS Ag), and Ph.D. in Food Science, conduct research and complete internships securing leadership positions in a variety of careers. An online Certificate of Proficiency in Food Science is available to professionals interested in career advancement. The WSU Creamery, renowned for Cougar Gold ® cheese and Ferdinand’s ice cream, provides students with on-campus experiential learning and research opportunities, work experience, and financial support. Faculty research and extension help ensure a safe, nutritious, sustainable and economical food supply for the region while also enhancing food industry competitiveness in both national and international markets. Faculty and students work collaboratively from the WSU campus in Pullman, UI campus in Moscow, WSU Mount Vernon Research Center, WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, UI Food Technology Center in Caldwell, TechHelp in Boise, and WSU Wine Science Center in Tri-Cities. For more information, please visit: sfs.wsu.edu.
The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University includes 16 academic units, four research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities; enhances the sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the University’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe. To learn more about CAHNRS, please visit: cahnrs.wsu.edu.
The WSU-Mount Vernon Research Center is located in the Skagit Valley of northwestern Washington. This region is well known for its scenic beauty, the Cascade Mountain Range, and Puget Sound. The center’s mission is to serve the agricultural, horticultural, and natural resource science interests of the region through research and extension activities. The region is characterized by a mild marine climate, diverse small and mid-sized farming enterprises and close rural-urban interactions. The region is also noted for its food culture which includes local, sustainable and organic production and processing systems with a focus on value-added enterprises.
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WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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