Assistant Professor of Craft Beverages/Business

Lourdes University

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Overview: Lourdes University, rooted in Catholic and Franciscan traditions, provides a values-centered education that enriches lives and advances academic excellence through the integration of the liberal arts and professional studies.  In support of this mission, Lourdes University nurtures a diverse community that supports students in fulfilling their potential, commits to the engagement of faith and reason inspired by our Catholic and Franciscan intellectual traditions, and provides a holistic, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts.  Offering bachelor and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and professional studies, Lourdes provides education and preparation for meaningful careers and lifelong learning and fosters personal integrity, ethical understanding, social responsibility, care for all of creation, and a commitment to community service. 

Lourdes University invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Craft Beverages/Business. This is a full-time, nine-month, faculty position beginning in the Fall of 2019.  This position will teach undergraduate courses in the Craft Beverages major. Faculty load is four (4) courses per semester in face-to-face, hybrid or online academic format.

This position will teach a range of courses in craft beverage production but will be related to the successful candidate's areas of expertise and could include: sensory evaluation, beer styles, wort production, or the business of the brewing, distilling or wine industry.  Courses could also include craft beverage operations, quality, brewery/distillery/winery engineering, raw materials, malting, fermentation, brewery microbiology, management, career development, introductory and specialized courses. Our Craft Beverage curriculum is a practical, hands-on program taught by faculty who are experienced practitioners of the craft. Our learning objectives and curriculum are focused on managing a craft brewing facility.


  • Teach a range of courses related to craft beverage production, operations, and business management

  • Identify and implement potential internships

  • Provide curricular leadership for determining the specific educational principles the program must achieve through established curriculum

  • Oversee appropriate laboratory space and necessary equipment

  • Deliver classroom instruction that ensures the curriculum design is consistent with best practices and industry standards

  • Present a dynamic classroom presence and be versed in multimodal teaching.

  • Participate in student recruitment and retention initiatives

  • Develop and assess curriculum

  • Supervise internships and capstone projects

  • Advise students academically

  • Initiate and develop mentoring, community engagement and high impact educational practices as well as a commitment to collegiality, academic citizenship and cultural diversity

  • Participate in a minimum of one faculty and/or university committee. 


  • Excellent written and oral communications skills

  • High ethics and social responsibility

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work with first generation students and advise students on academic matters including course scheduling

  • Ability to provide guidance and advice for students regarding academics and career development

  • Ability to demonstrate dedication to the mission of Lourdes University, evidence of excellence in teaching and potential for significant scholarship and/or demonstrated experience in a professional role


  • Full-time, nine-month, exempt


  • Master’s degree in brewing science, fermentation science, food science, food systems management, hospitality, business, education, nutrition, or closely related field; Ph.D. preferred

  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with current production practices and the business of craft beverages

To apply, candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and three professional references (all in MS Word or pdf. format only) to Review of applications will begin immediately.    


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