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Professor and Head of Nutritional Sciences

Position Title: Professor and Head of Nutritional Sciences
Organization: Pennsylvania State University
City and State: University Park, PA 16802
Start Date: ASAP

Penn State seeks candidates with the vision, energy and commitment to lead the department, and enhance and extend its prominence.
The head will have administrative responsibility for all operational, fiscal and procedural actions associated with the department and will represent the department on the Executive Committee of the College of Health and Human Development (HHD).
The department head will be a leader who promotes excellence in the full range of missions that are embodied in a comprehensive, land-grant, and research-intensive university and one who values the diversity of the nutritional sciences program. The head must be committed to excellence in promoting and extending research and scholarship, undergraduate and graduate education, recruiting and mentoring a diverse faculty, and building relationships with industry, government, alumni, donors, and an array of campus and community partners. Candidates should have an earned doctorate, a successful record of extramurally funded research and must be qualified for appointment at the rank of professor. Demonstrated leadership and management skills are a prerequisite.
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Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. The goal is to fill the position by August 1, 2016 or earlier. Confidential inquiries may be made to Drs. Catharine Ross or Penny Kris-Etherton, Co-Chairs of the Search Committee, by telephone (814-865-4721; 814 863-2923) or E-mail (; Please indicate “Department Head Search” in subject line of email correspondence.
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Assistant Professor and Nutrition & Health Extension Specialist

Organization: Oklahoma State University, Dept of Nutritional Sciences

Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Date Posted: 10/16/2015

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

The Oklahoma State University Department of Nutritional Sciences and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service invite applications for an 11-month tenure-track position 75% Cooperative Extension and 25% Teaching. This is a full-time position with July 1, 2016 state date.

Focus Area:

This position addresses the nutrition and health education needs of Oklahoma's citizens, especially women and their 
children, along with assisting students with developing their abilities  in nutrition education.  The overall programmatic outcome is to increase the number of Oklahoman's who are healthy at every stage of life.

The successful candidate will provide leadership to Extension nutrition education efforts for diet-related chronic disease prevention,  particularly focused on women and their children.  Expectations are for:
·    statewide assessment of nutritional needs and programming capacity 
·    development and evaluation of program strategies that meet the state's needs, 
·    a train-the-trainer approach to assist county Extension Educators in program delivery
·    provision of technical assistance in nutrition and health issues
In addition, providing leadership for the Health issue team of Cooperative Extension and participating as appropriate in other issue areas such as hunger, risky behaviors, etc., will be expected.  Other duties include  fielding questions from county educators and promoting partnerships with related agencies and groups.  Offering content area support to the 
Oklahoma Home and Community Education, Inc. (OHCE), such as creating  leader lessons and offering in-service training is expected.
The successful candidate will teach a limited number of courses in  areas of need for NSCI such as introductory nutrition, nutrition across  the lifespan, cultural aspects of nutrition and community  nutrition.        
RESEARCH:  As a tenure-leading position,  conducting and disseminating extramurally-funded research in a focused 
area is required.   The research focus should be applied to the needs of women and their children in a state that consistently ranks high for  obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.  Research results should  inform Extension programming and teaching so that positive outcomes and  impacts in the state can be produced.  Dissemination in peer-reviewed  outlets is expected.  Graduate faculty membership, advising graduate  student research and serving on student committees is expected.
SERVICE:  Service to the department, Extension, the college, the University and the profession is expected.Travel is expected.


Qualifications: An earned doctorate in human nutrition, public health, community health promotion or closely related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

*  Successful working or volunteer experience with land-grant university Extension program.
*  Successful teaching experience at the college level.
*  A record of refereed publications.
*  Record of successful partnerships at community, state and/or national levels.

*  Registered Dietitian (RD) credential is preferred.


How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted online at Please search for Req1149. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following documents.

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae.

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter (3-page maximum) including a statement of community nutrition, health and/or wellness experiences; any experiences with Cooperative Extension, and/or college teaching; and description of research area.

3) Contact information for three references: name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.


To Ensure Consideration: Application must be received by January 15, 2016. For questions about the position, please email Dr. Nancy Betts,, or call 405-744-5040. For questions about the application process, email, or call 405-744-7401. Position is contingent on available funding.


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Extension Evaluation Specialist

Organization: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI with statewide responsibilities

Date Posted: 9/24/2015

Application Deadline: October 12, 2015

As part of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the Health and Nutrition Institute (HNI), this position provides leadership for program evaluation of community-based nutrition and physical activity interventions. This includes evaluation of programming related to obesity prevention, wellness and nutrition education and promotion consistent with public health approaches, the socio-ecological model of health, and the full spectrum of prevention. Specifically, this position focuses on community based nutrition education, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and other externally funded programs. Work will be done in collaboration with MSUE work teams, other MSU faculty, external partners, and the Health and Nutrition Institute Director. This position is located in East Lansing, Mi on the campus of Michigan State University, with statewide responsibilities. 
The Evaluation Specialist is responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of an evaluation plan in the Nutrition and Physical Activity Workgroup (NPA), including oversight of NPA needs assessment activities; performing evaluation and research studies that help the NPA leadership make decisions related to programming, curriculum, training, evaluation and reporting; managing the NPA data sets from evaluation and research studies; providing data for proposals and reports; and representing MSUE locally and nationally in evaluation and research efforts. As a statewide staff member this position provides evaluation related support to all of the NPA staff, including district coordinators, supervisory educators, educators and paraprofessionals and other support staff. 


- PhD required in Nutritional Sciences/Human Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public/Community Health, or closely related field; 
- Minimum two years of experience conducting program evaluation for large-scale community-based nutrition education programs; 
- Ability to evaluate nutrition education programs that address nutrition needs throughout the life cycle; 
- Experience obtaining and managing grants; 
- Basic understanding of the Cooperative Extension System, the land-grant university, and two core Extension programs - SNAP-Ed and EFNEP; 
- A record of refereed publications and demonstrated experience creating evaluation reports; 
- Demonstrated ability to lead and function as a team member and the ability to develop multi-disciplinary collaborations; 
- Strong oral and written communication skills; 
- Experience in evaluating programs for diverse audiences; 
- Experience with working with academic faculty to research the effectiveness and impact of educational programs; 
- Ability to support Extension educators/staff in their scholarship efforts; 
- Ability to interpret food and nutrition research and communicate to public audiences; 
- Ability to use and adapt to multiple computer and distance learning technologies; 
- Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally; 
- Ability and willingness to travel, and valid driver's license.  

Desired Qualifications"

- Successful experience working with land-grant university extension programs; 
- Experience conducting research in an interdisciplinary environment; 
- Record of successful nutrition-related partnerships at community, state and/or national levels; 
- Understanding of evaluation research related to health disparities, and nutrition education and promotion consistent with public health approaches, the socio-ecological model of health, and the full spectrum of prevention; 
- Experience with SNAP-Ed and EFNEP; 
- Registered Dietitian; 
- Health Education Specialist certification (CHES/MCHES).  

How to Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should visit the Michigan State University jobs page at to apply for posting number 1373. Candidates are asked to submit an up-to-date resume/CV and a cover letter that includes the names and contact information of four professional references. Application deadline is Monday, October 12, 2015



Assistant/Associate Professor in Human Nutrition

Organization: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI

Date Posted: 9/18/2015

Review of Applications: October 15 until filled

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition ( ) is seeking applicants to fill an Assistant/Associate Professor position in clinical and/or community nutrition. This position is a full-time, 9-month tenure-track appointment with 60% research and outreach, and 40% teaching. Excellent benefits and start-up funding are available.

 Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Michigan State University provides its faculty and academic staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the best in academia. Among the most important are a retirement program, and health, prescription drug, dental, and life insurance coverages (


Experience/Credentials Needed to Apply:

 The successful candidate must be a Commission on Dietetic Registration approved Registered Dietitian (RD) in the US, have a strong record of scholarly activity (grant proposal writing and peer reviewed publications); and be committed to quality teaching and mentoring. Postdoctoral and/or clinical and/or community research experience is highly desirable.
The candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program; teach one undergraduate and/or graduate course which might include community nutrition and/or clinical nutrition; and mentor graduate students. Preference will be given to those with expertise in areas that complement, contribute to and expand existing faculty expertise and ongoing research programs in the department, college and university. These areas include: clinical nutrition, outcomes research in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition and/or public health nutrition, theory-based dietary change, nutrition epidemiology, nutrition database analyses, survey research, international nutrition, and food safety. It is expected that the successful candidate will be competitive for external funding as a Principal Investigator. Excellent collaborative research opportunities and support in these and other areas are available on campus and Michigan governmental and private health agencies.

How to Apply:

 Please submit the following: 1) a 1-page letter of intent; 2) a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy; 3) a 2-page statement of research interests, accomplishments and future plans; 4) a detailed curriculum vita including a summary of research funding experiences; and 5) the names and full contact information for three to five references. These items should be sent to: MSU Applicant Page — . Questions can be directed to Dr. Lorraine Weatherspoon, Chair of Search Committee, ( Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.




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