Cornell University, Section of Horticulture

Position ID:Cornell-Section of Horticulture-VITLEC [#21360, WDR-00030352]
Position Title: Lecturer in Viticulture
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Viticulture / Horticulture
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/03/09, finished 2022/08/23)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Lecturer in Viticulture

Academic Year Appointment (9 month)

Start Date:  August 2022

School of Integrative Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY campus)


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University is located in the scenic Finger Lakes wine region of New York State, and its interdepartmental Viticulture and Enology (V&E) bachelor’s degree program is unique among U.S. schools east of the Rocky Mountains. The V&E major was established by CALS in 2008 to address the needs of the rapidly growing Eastern and Midwestern US grape and wine industries, including the approximately 350 wineries in New York. The V&E teaching program complements CALS’ long-standing reputation for excellence in research and extension on fermentation science, viticulture, and related fields. The program currently has about 30 undergraduates in the major and provides instruction to over 600 students per year across a range of survey and specialized courses.

The Section of Horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science in CALS welcomes applications for a Lecturer in Viticulture to instruct in the V&E program. The successful applicant will benefit from Cornell’s cutting-edge research and teaching resources; interactions with top faculty in viticulture, enology and other life sciences; teaching vineyards including plantings of V. vinifera, hybrid and native grapes; and new facilities for winemaking, brewing, distillation, and fruit wine production, housed in the recently renovated Stocking Hall Food Science Building.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  1. Teaching the viticulture portion of two currently existing introductory co-taught courses in viticulture & enology
  2. Develop and teach two (fall and spring) practical vineyard management courses for upper-level and graduate V&E students
  3. Teaching an International Viticulture course which may include student travel
  4. Updating and creating eCornell course content on viticulture
  5. Contributing to additional courses as needed
  6. Mentoring undergraduate V&E majors
  7. Advising MPS students, including supervising internships and capstone projects
  8. Participating in the V&E faculty steering committee that guides and coordinates teaching activities

Required Qualifications:

M.S. degree or its equivalent in viticulture or a closely related field and experience in vineyard management is required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree, experience in teaching, experience in vineyard management, and knowledge of other areas of plant science are preferred.


The initial appointment will be for three years and is renewable based upon available work, successful performance and continued funding. 


Negotiable and commensurate with experience.


This is a 9 month position, full benefits eligible.


Applicants should send a cover letter that addresses the requirements above; Curriculum Vitae; a concise statement of interest (including a description of their teaching philosophy, prior teaching experience, suggested elective course offerings) and a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion; full academic transcripts; and the names and contact information (e-mail, phone, and mailing address) for three individuals who could provide letters of reference to Academic Jobs Online.  Further questions can be directed to Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel ( Review of applications will begin April 11, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
134 Plant Science Building
236 Tower Road
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853