Lecturer in Viticulture
Cornell University
134 Plant Science Building
236 Tower Road
Ithaca, NY 14853

Start Date: August 2018
Academic Year Appointment (9 month)

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, another 30 completing the minor, 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 wine 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:

  • Co-teach two current existing courses in viticulture & enology
  • Develop and teach vineyard practicums for upper-level and graduate V&E students. Design syllabi and student evaluations. 
  • Contribute to additional courses as needed
  • Mentor undergraduate V&E majors and MPS students, including supervising internships and capstone projects
  • Participate in the V&E faculty steering committee that guides and coordinates teaching activities
  • Grade assignments, meet with students during scheduled office hours, write student references, and oversee Teaching Assistants

Required Qualifications:
An M.S. degree or its equivalent in viticulture or a closely related field and experience in vineyards are required. 

Preferred Qualifications:
A 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.

Negotiable and commensurate with experience.

This is a 9 month position, fully benefits eligible.

Applicants should send a cover letter; Curriculum Vitae; a concise statement of interest (including a description of their teaching philosophy, prior teaching experience, and suggested elective course offerings); 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

Further questions can be directed to Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel ( Review of applications will begin February 26, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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