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James and Mary Pinchot Fellow in Sustainability Studies at Yale University

Description: Yale University is accepting applications from emerging scholars and early career faculty for appointment as the James and Mary Pinchot Fellow in Sustainability Studies. The Pinchot Fellow will be expected to assist with the mentoring of PhD, Masters and undergraduate students, as well as teach one seminar course per year in an area of sustainability studies. Otherwise, the Fellow will have the opportunity to pursue independent research. The Fellow will display early promise of excellence in research focused on issues of broad environmental significance using perspectives from the humanities, social sciences or biological/physical sciences. We are especially interested in scholars who demonstrate a commitment to excellence through diversity and who would contribute to the diversification of the field of environmental and sustainability studies.


Length of Fellowship: The appointment is available for up to three years. It will be held in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, but the Fellow will have opportunities to interact with faculty, students, and leadership across the University. Interest in collaborating with other faculty in a strongly interdisciplinary School, as well as with faculty working in cognate departments within Yale College, would be advantageous.


Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in a related field and will show evidence of exceptional ability in both research and teaching. Personal experience of communities that are underrepresented in the academy, and the capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, would be an asset.


Application Instructions:Please upload: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vita, 3) statement of research, 4) statement of teaching interests, and 5) names and contact information of four references via Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2015 and continue until the Fellowship is awarded. 


Prior to applying, candidates should explore the School’s website ( and consider how their expertise can complement existing strengths within the School and more broadly at Yale.  


For more information about the position, contact Assistant Dean Angela Kuhne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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Volunteer Surveyor of Healthy Food Access in Metro Detroit

Looking for a volunteer surveyor to join a team interested in access to food, healthy environments, and public health to help map nutritional food access in Metro Detroit's grocery stores.

HELP survey healthy food access in Metro Detroit this summer!

The goal of this project is to create a comprehensive map of Metro Detroit (10 counties!) food stores with accurate measures of the quality and availability of fresh foods or healthy food options as defined by the NEMS survey in order to create a base of knowledge to improve the regional food system. 


·NEMS certified

·Can commit 10-15 hours a week (or whatever amount, contact us!)

·Passionate about food systems and access to healthy foods

·Learn more. . .

Questions? Contact Alex B. Hill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Indy Hunger Network Cooking Education AmeriCorps VISTA

Organization description


The Indy Hunger Network (IHN) is a coalition of anti-hunger organizations in Indianapolis. Its mission is to create a sustainable system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need. 

IHN works to:

- Foster collaboration and build on the capabilities of the major food-providing community organizations

- Identify opportunities to make the food system work better for hungry people

- Establish projects to make improvements

- Monitor health of overall food system

- Create awareness of hunger and how to address it


VISTA members placed at IHN work directly with the Board President and will develop partnerships with non-profit and government entities to expand access to healthy food. Members are integral to the entire project development process, working to research, develop, plan, implement and evaluate nutrition assistance. VISTA members will gain extensive valuable experience in community development and public health, working with a variety of partners. 

Member Duties.  

The VISTA will help complete a community-based cooking education program in a half dozen sites. This pilot will then serve as the basis for expanding the program to dozens of sites city wide. Elements of the project include:

1) Working with community partners to complete and evaluate the pilot phase

2) Supporting outreach to faith communities and others to recruit additional sites

3) Working as part of a team to develop and implement a plan for full scale implementation of program

4) Assisting with attainment of grant funding to support full scale implementation

5) Deploying and coordinating a team of volunteers to organize and manage the effort at multiple sides

6) Monitoring progress and learning from experiences gained.


While all projects provide opportunity to work collaboratively with food assistance professionals, a great amount of time is spent working independently. The VISTA must be self-motivated, disciplined, exhibit strong communication skills and be a creative thinker.


To Apply 

Applications will be accepted through the AmeriCorps application service until June 16 or when the position is filled:


This position is a one-year commitment beginning in August 2015, and will include a Pre-Service Orientation.


Read more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program here.

Review the benefits associated with VISTA service here.


UMSFP 2015 Annual Report

Wondering what UMSFP and our member groups have been up to for the past year? Read all about it in our Annual Report!

It's an exciting time to be part of the  sustainable food scene here at UM, and our member groups have accomplished so many things this past year. You're sure to be inspired by the great work they do!

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