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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.




Area Extension Specialist, Community Health and Nutrition

Organization:  NDSU Extension Service

Location: Fargo, North Dakota

Date Posted:  8/14/2015

Application Deadline: Screening begins 9/18/2015

12-month appointment serving areas in northwestern MN and eastern ND as an Area Specialist with key responsibilities in Community Health and Nutrition for the Red River Valley region.


The successful candidate will provide regional leadership for and coordination of educational programs and outreach in community-based health and nutrition, including policy, systems and environmental change efforts. Duties inlcude but are not limited to:
• Coordinate regional community-based programs and targeted interventions in both states including topics related to community health and nutrition.
• Identify evidence-based programs or contribute to development of programs that county/area staff can teach to local constituents.
• Partner with/mentor Extension educators/agents and community agency staff.
• Develop, implement, and evaluate a continuum of health, nutrition and wellness educational programs and initiatives that:
- Are appropriate and effective to attract new and diverse audiences
- Are based in scholarly and scientific theory and research.
- Incorporate high-level teaching skills for optimal audience engagement and impact.
- Utilize the spectrum of public health approaches for greatest impact, seeking a better understanding of emerging health and nutrition issues, public health approaches, and new research and strategies in order to translate this knowledge into programmatic efforts. 
- Communicate results through effective and creative evaluation and reporting to appropriate stakeholders.
- Utilize appropriate technology.
• Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholder groups (e.g., state and regional agencies, government officials, city planners, public health agencies, community groups, for-profits, and non-profits) and community members to:
- Obtain a wide range of feedback on planning and programmatic efforts.
- Identify place-based solutions that are responsive to health and nutrition-related issues.
- Foster policy, systems, and environment changes to support healthy environments.
- Support regional networks as appropriate.
• Contribute to the research and scholarship in health and nutrition.

Minimum Qualitifications

• Master’s Degree required in Human Nutrition, Public/Community Health, Health Communications or closely related field.
• Evidence of effective teaching ability in a professional setting.
• Ability to use and adapt multiple computer and distance learning technologies.
• Effective oral and written communication.
• Two years of experience in teaching, community organizing, community health promotion, or community education.
• Demonstrated experience with applying or integrating research-based knowledge into program design, delivery, and evaluation across a variety of educational platforms.
• Demonstrated experience engaging with communities related to health and nutrition issues, and adapting programs to meet audience needs.
• Demonstrated experience in implementing innovative public health approaches to promote policy, system, and environmental changes related to improving nutrition and increased physical activity.
• Demonstrated experience in establishing, building, and sustaining partnerships and collaborations. 
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals, organizations, and/or communities representing new, culturally diverse, economically diverse, and underserved audiences.
• Ability and willingness to travel, and valid driver’s license (monthly reimbursement provided).

Preferred Qualifications

• Credentials in nutrition or health-related field (CHES, RDN, etc.)
• Experience securing and managing grants and contracts.
• Experience in the Cooperative Extension System
• Experience with or demonstrated basic understanding of two core Extension programs: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed).

How to Apply

Visits and create an account

Search for opening #1500267

Create and submit your application when prompted

Please address minimum qualifications in your cover letter

Screenings will begin September 18, 2015

Direct questions to Deb Gebeke, Search Committee Chair (701) 231-7179

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