Chair - Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences

Lincoln, Nebraska
Feb 27, 2018
Faculty Jobs
Health & Medical
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chair, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences

College of Education and Human Sciences University of Nebraska-Lincoln


The College of Education and Human Sciences is seeking a dynamic leader for the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences. This is a strong department with robust enrollments, well-respected programs, and highly productive faculty members with an established track record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. We are looking for a department leader with a similar commitment and who will work with department personnel in pursuit of a shared vision for the future while advancing core values of excellence, equity, and accountability. The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences (NHS) was formed in 2003, by merging two separate departments/programs: Nutritional Science & Dietetics and Health & Human Performance. This merger reflects the department faculty’s shared commitment to health and wellness of individuals, families and communities. Specific programs housed within the department include dietetics; athletic training; nutrition, exercise and health sciences; nutritional sciences; community health and wellness; hospitality, restaurant and tourism management (HRTM); and culinology. The department has 33 faculty, 12 full-time staff members, 1,088 undergraduate students and 108 graduate students. It is home to the NIH funded Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity and is affiliated with the university’s Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. The Chairperson reports directly to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences and has responsibility for all aspects of departmental functioning, including strategic planning, faculty and staff development, and budget management. The position is comprised of a 70% administrative component and 30% to be invested in teaching, doctoral advising, research/creative activity, scholarship, or engagement/outreach based on the incumbent’s strengths, interests, and the needs of the department and college. For more information about the department, please see

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Work with department personnel to develop and inspire a shared vision for the future of the Nutrition and Health Sciences Department, and move the department forward toward achievement of strategic goals and objectives.
  • Advance core values of trust, fairness/equity, and accountability, as well as a shared departmental commitment to equity, access, success, and diversity.
  • Foster positive and collaborative interactions within the department across program areas; and among faculty with varying areas of expertise and experience.
  • Promote positive and collaborative interactions across departments in the College and University, and across Academic Affairs and the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and other units as appropriate to accomplish strategic goals and increase impact.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations regarding safety, environment, handling and disposing of hazardous wastes, animal care and use, and biosafety.
  • Represent the department at the collegiate, IANR, and university levels and within the academe at the state, regional, and national levels.
  • Interact effectively with stakeholders/community members. Facilitate linkages with external groups to strengthen ties with alumni, relevant professionals and organizations, private companies, industry, state and federal agencies and residents of Nebraska.
  • Secure resources, including grants, contracts, partnerships, donations, and in kind donations to support the work of the department.
  • Interact effectively with students (current and prospective).
  • Support faculty (e.g., mentorship, advocacy, resource allocation, performance evaluation) in professional development appropriate to rank and appointment.
  • Conduct departmental business, which includes;
    • Managing and securing financial resources (state, foundation and other accounts) to meet department objectives
    • Overseeing personnel matters (develop, retain, and attract a diverse faculty, staff and students, mentoring, evaluation, mediation of differences, professional development for faculty and staff)
    • Supporting curriculum/program development and monitoring academic programs
    • Overseeing facilities management o Anticipating and responding to student, staff and faculty needs
    • Facilitating and recognizing achievement among faculty, staff, and students
    • Acting to prevent problems and resolving difficulties as necessary.
    • Working with the departmental advisory committee and other departmental committees to carry out shared governance as appropriate to guide the department’s progress.
  • Conduct research/creative activity, scholarship, or engagement/outreach based on the incumbent’s strengths, interests, and the needs of the department and college.
  • Address UNL, CEHS, IANR, and NHS goals as agreed upon by faculty, staff and administrators


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Earned doctorate degree in Nutrition Science, Exercise Science, Dietetics or closely related discipline.
  2. Evidence of leadership effectiveness in post-secondary institutions and/or professional academic organizations.
  3. A record of scholarship that contributes to the department’s reputation for a research intensive faculty and is appropriate to full professor rank based on UNL’s qualifications.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity


Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Current academic rank of full professor.
  2. Experience managing budgets
  3. Demonstrated ability to chair dissertations
  4. Evidence of excellence in teaching, advising and research in Nutrition and Health Sciences


Review of applications will begin March 26, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and make application, go to, requisition F_180022. Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form.

Applicants will be required to attach the following documents: 1) letter of application that includes a description of qualifications and fit with the position; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of leadership philosophy (attach using the Other Document link); and 4) contact information (mailing address, phone number and email address) for three professional references who can speak to the candidate’s abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the job.

For more information, qualified candidates should contact Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Sherri Jones, 402-472-5496 or Dr. Jeyam Subbia, 402-472-4944 or by email: [email protected].

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

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