Sterling College seeks new colleagues for the following positions to help us advance our mission of ecological thinking and action.
Detailed position descriptions and application instructions can be found in the linked information for each position.
Full-Time Diversity & Inclusion Fellow
In support of our long-held ecologically focused liberal arts missions and with support from The Endeavor Foundation, College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, are jointly inviting candidates to apply for a twelve-month appointment as Diversity & Inclusion Fellow.
Our partnership was inspired by our shared commitment to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging on our campuses, our mission alignment, and our membership in a consortium of the smallest liberal arts colleges in the nation convened by The Endeavor Foundation. Together, our communities plan to dedicate meaningful financial and human resources to further our commitment to address systemic racism and justice, while advancing programs of study in ecological thinking and action.
As demonstrated by our collaborative effort to resource this work, both colleges prize opportunities to build strength through diversity and mutually supportive connections. Diversity builds vigor, value, symbiosis, and resiliency—all core ecological tenets. We know that pluralistic human communities can thrive when their members have and respect diverse identities, lived experiences, and worldviews. We also appreciate that merely “diversifying” our communities is insufficient — we must co-create conditions of genuine inclusion and prepare our students to be agents of equity and justice in the wider world. To this end, the Diversity & Inclusion Fellow will work collaboratively with faculty and staff at both colleges to support both campuses by enhancing the academic, cultural, and professional experience of Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color at both of our institutions. The Equity Council at Sterling College and a similarly appropriate body at College of the Atlantic will play vital roles in supporting the Diversity & Inclusion Fellow.
The Sterling College Kitchen is a small community-driven kitchen, committed to providing a diverse, locally-focused, and top-level food service program. The Sterling College Farm grows 30% of the produce and meat used in the kitchen annually, and works closely with the kitchen staff. In addition, the kitchen is committed to sourcing from local producers within 50 miles of campus, many of whom are alums and community members.
The College & President
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College advances ecological thinking and action through affordable experiential learning, preparing knowledgeable, skilled and responsible leaders to face the ecological crises caused by unlimited growth and consumption that threatens the future of the planet. Enrollment is limited to 125 students. Sterling is home to the School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and is one of only nine colleges and universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a “Work College.”
The College has received national attention for becoming one of the first institutions in the U.S. to divest from fossil fuels. Sterling has been recognized for its sustainability initiatives by Sierra Magazine and has earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Matthew Derr was appointed the 11th President of Sterling College in 2012. In December 2010, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education awarded Derr with the organization’s Chief Executive Leadership Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association recognized his efforts on behalf of liberal education with a visiting fellowship. Under his leadership, Sterling has experienced a period of rapid growth in student enrollment and philanthropic support, with the largest successful fundraising campaign in institutional history. Sterling expanded its emphasis on field studies in 2016 with support from the Endeavor Foundation and also launched the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems.
President Derr presently serves as a Commissioner for the New England Commission for Higher Education, and as a board member for The Berry Center and Center for an Agricultural Economy. He is a regular commentator and panelist on issues related to food systems, social justice, and sustainability issues. He has had opinion pieces published nationally and has research published by the Journal of Community Practice. President Derr is the former Chair of the Work Colleges Consortium and the former Chair of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC).
Prior to Sterling, President Derr served as an alumni leader and Interim President of his alma mater, Antioch College, where he is credited with successfully leading the effort to revive the institution. Derr was born in Flint, Michigan. His grandparents and parents were autoworkers. He attended public schools before earning a Bachelor of Arts in History from Antioch and MSW in Community and Organizing and Social Systems from the University of Michigan. He has also studied at the George Heyman Center for Philanthropy at New York University. President Derr is one of a handful of openly gay college presidents in the United States. He lives on campus with his partner Julian Sharp who serves as faculty and the Director of Community Outreach.
Sterling College – its Board of Trustees and Faculty Council – has adopted a detailed ten-year strategic initiative, with grant support, that is intended to better promote equity and inclusion across all of its academic programs and in all of the locations in which they take place. Sterling College acknowledges that the land on which its students, faculty, and staff gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki and the Shawnee people.
Sterling College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. Sterling College prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran’s status.