Assistant Professor - Nutritional Sciences and Director, Combined MS – DI Program

Gainesville FL, FL
Oct 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Ast Prof

Job Description:

Assistant Professor - Nutritional Sciences and Director, Combined Master of Science – Dietetic Internship Program (MS-DI)

The Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Department, a unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, invites applications for a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 45% teaching, 30% research, and 25% administrative.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Tenure will accrue in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.    

Duties will include the following:

Teaching appointment

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate nutrition and dietetics courses for students enrolled in an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics, an accredited Master of Science - Dietetic Internship program, and the undergraduate Nutritional Sciences major. 
  • Engage in scholarly activities related to instruction.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Participate in curriculum revision and enhancement.
  • Seek funding for the teaching program.
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate research and creative work.
  • Publish teaching-related scholarship.
  • Produce learning tools.
  • Engage in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. 

Faculty are also encouraged to support and participate in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Honors Program, distance education, and international education.


Research appointment

  • Develop and maintain a research program in clinical nutrition, potentially including integrative

and functional nutrition, nutrigenomics, biomedical informatics, or another closely related specialty area. 

  • Actively seek contract and grant funding to support the program.
  • Chair and serve on graduate committees.
  • Supervise thesis and dissertation research, and publish results with graduate students.
  • Supervise undergraduate research.
  • Publish research-related scholarship.


Administrative appointment: Director, Combined Master of Science – Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) Program

  • In collaboration with faculty, develop policies and procedures for effectively managing the MS-DI program (such as admission, retention and completion policies).
  • Ensure fair, equitable and considerate treatment of prospective and enrolled interns.
  • Oversee intern recruitment, advisement, evaluation and counseling.
  • Maintain program accreditation through the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), including timely submission of fees, reports, and requests for major program changes.
  • Maintain student records, including transcripts, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statements, rotation schedules, proposed programs of study, and verification statements at completion.
  • Mediate and maintain records of complaints from interns or others, including disposition of such complaints.
  • Continually review MS-DI program curriculum to meet current ACEND accreditation standards.
  • Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with program faculty, preceptors, and others involved with the program.
  • Facilitate processes for continuous program evaluation and assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Submit required documentation supporting MS-DI student eligibility to take a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination.


The above listed responsibilities align with those stipulated in the most recent version of the ACEND Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards for a Dietetic Internship.

Note that all IFAS faculty are expected to demonstrate commitment and responsibility to the three functions of the Land Grant mission; Teaching, Research, and Extension – regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.  Therefore, although not part of the formal assignment for this position, the successful candidate will also engage in Extension activities in his/her program area.

The Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Department is a large, interdisciplinary unit within IFAS, and is comprised of three undergraduate majors: Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, and Dietetics.  The 30 faculty conduct research, teaching, and extension programs in a broad range of areas, including trace element transport, food safety and microbiology, pre- and pro-biotics, phytochemical characterization, fruit and juice processing, micronutrient metabolism, and many other areas.  Graduate level programs are competitive and provide the opportunity for graduate student mentorship.  Please consult the departmental webpage for additional information (

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in nutrition, dietetics, or a closely related discipline.
  • Registered Dietitian (RD) credential from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • License to practice dietetics in the state of Florida (or willingness and eligibility to become licensed in Florida).
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience post-credentialing.
  • University-level teaching experience in an ACEND-accredited dietetics education program.
  • Evidence of ability to secure external grant funding, engage in and publish research in peer-reviewed journals, and present at professional meetings. 
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Land-Grant mission, and the IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Professional leadership experience, especially experience directing an ACEND-accredited program.
  • Postdoctoral experience and clinical practice experience are desirable. 
Special Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure full consideration please apply online and submit additional materials by January 8, 2018.  Position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:


Please refer to Requisition # 505018


Dr. Bobbi Langkamp-Henken

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

359 FSHN Building

PO Box 110370

Newell Drive

Gainesville, FL, 32611-0370


Telephone:                   352.294.3721

Facsimile:                    352.392.9467

Electronic Mail: 


Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
  • Application
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Official transcripts* showing receipt of the doctoral degree, and three letters of recommendation will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. 

    *A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .


    The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

    Health Assessment Required: No