Sterling College and NYU Launch Partnership Through Teaching Residency

APRIL 30, 2014 • CRAFTSBURY COMMON, VERMONT • Sterling College and the Food Studies program at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development are launching a new partnership that will provide graduate students with experience teaching in the newly launched Food Systems major in the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems.

“I am delighted at the partnership between the smallest private college in the United States that is also in the center of one of the nation’s great rural food hubs, and the largest private university in the United States which is at the center of one of the world’s most complex urban food systems,” said Sterling College President Matthew Derr.

The partnership will include collaboration between Sterling and NYU faculty to develop coursework to be taught by visiting NYU graduate students, in a program Derr described as a “teaching residency.” Derr continued, “While we’ve been practicing sustainable agriculture and eating locally for over four decades, Sterling College has only recently added a new major in Sustainable Food Systems. Our first students will enroll in September 2014, and visiting NYU graduate students will only enhance this curriculum.”

Staring in September 2014, NYU Food Studies graduate students will be nominated for the residencies by NYU faculty and appointed by Sterling College, and while at the college they will be mentored by college faculty. “We are excited about this opportunity to develop an intellectual, programmatic, and skill-development partnership between the Food Studies program at NYU and Sterling College,” said Dr. Krishnendu Ray, Chair, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at NYU.

As a founding member of the new Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium, Sterling is particularly pleased to help build scholarly and programmatic links between New York and the Green Mountain state. “The Consortium offers a panoply of rich food systems experiences ranging from research and classes to field immersions and internships. This exciting new partnership between Sterling and NYU provides an urban to rural link that expands opportunities and builds momentum for the food systems movements in Vermont, in NYC, and throughout the United States,” offered Paul Costello, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Anne Obelnicki, Sterling College faculty member in Food Systems, said: “Sustainability in food systems impacts the entire production chain. Having teaching residencies from graduate students at New York University will help our students explore socioeconomic impacts on urban communities, labor movements, and other social, environmental, and political concerns.”

About Sterling College

Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is a leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and the liberal arts. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.


Christian Feuerstein, Director of Communications, Sterling College

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