The AFP is looking for a graduate student to work in southwest Virginia.  The position comes with an assistantship at Virginia Tech, and will begin in January 2014.  Visit www.appalachianfoodshedproject.org/va.shtml for more information on how to apply.  Letters of Interest and CV’s are due by December 1st, 2013Applications to the Graduate School are due January 1st, 2014.

Please forward this announcement to prospective Master’s or Ph.D. students interested in community food security. We are seeking a high quality applicant beginning in January 2014 for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) on a community-based research project on community food security in Appalachia Virginia. Awards are available beginning in January 2014 spring semester. Funding is available for 4 semesters; it includes a stipend and tuition remission.

The GRA’s primary responsibility will be to contribute to the AFP’s community food security assessment, with a specific focus on the coalition efforts in southwest Virginia. The GRA will also play a significant role in carrying out the project’s outreach and community engagement plan in southwest Virginia, and across the three-state region. The GRA will be supervised by the AFP Project Director in the Horticulture Department, although they could have a different academic home department depending on their interests.

A strong candidate for this GRA position will have experience in community development processes and/or food systems work, in addition to knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Preferred academic backgrounds for this GRA position include horticulture, agriculture education and extension, community development, food systems, sociology, or human nutrition.

Please send a letter of interest with a resume or curriculum vita to Susan Clark (sfclark@vt.edu) by December 1, 2013. The review process will begin shortly thereafter and successful applications will be notified.

Please contact Nikki D’Adamo-Damery (nikkid11@vt.edu) or Susan Clark (sfclark@vt.edu) for more information about the project.

To be considered for the GRA students need to be accepted into the Graduate School; graduate school applications are due by January 1st. For more information about applying to graduate school visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/admissions/applying/index.html.