Chair of the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences (FNPS)

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Chair of the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences (FNPS)

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Nov 1, 2019

The Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences (FNPS) at Clemson University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Department Chair. This role requires the passion, skills, commitment, and vision to lead the long-term development of our uniquely diverse teaching, research, extension and other outreach programs. The individual selected will promote and guide new initiatives in a large and diverse department. The position is located on the Clemson University main campus and will be a full-time, 12-month, tenured position with a 100% administrative appointment.

The Department consists of 26 faculty, 6 permanent staff, and offers degrees in Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) (BS); Packaging Science (BS); Food, Nutrition and Culinary Sciences (MS); Packaging Science (MS); and Food Technology (PhD). The department’s growing degree programs are nationally recognized for our focus on engaging students.  The department’s current enrollment is 559 undergraduate students and 54 graduate students.   It is also the home of the following departmental service labs and organizations:

  • Center for Flexible Packaging (CEFPACK)
  • Clemson Extension Food2Market
  • Cryovac Flavour Mark Retort Laboratory
  • DuPont Packaging Lab
  • Mama Mary’s Research and Development Kitchen
  • Packaging Permeation Testing Laboratory
  • Sonoco Packaging Testing and Materials Evaluation Laboratory
  • ‘55 Exchange Student Entrepreneurial Center (Home to Clemson Ice Cream)

Our Food Technology Concentration in FSHN is approved by the Institute of Food Technology (IFT), and the Research Chef Association (RCA). Our Nutrition Concentration in FSHN has a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). 


Responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership and vision to the department;
  • Advancing the goals of the land-grant mission in research, teaching, and extension/outreach;
  • Promoting equality and diversity;
  • Recruitment and evaluation of faculty and staff
  • Supporting teaching efforts, problem-solving of faculty/student interactions, student exit interviews;
  • Fostering strong working relations with the health professional, food, and packaging industries as well as key constituency groups;
  • Providing leadership with college support for development and fund-raising;


The successful candidate will also manage the department’s fiscal affairs including developing revenue generating programs and corporate/individual gifts.

Clemson University, a Carnegie R1 institution, is South Carolina's public land-grant University. South Carolina's highest-ranked national university is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by Lake Hartwell and the Clemson Experimental Forest. A top-25 public university with a reputation for excellence, Clemson University provides a hands-on education - in the lab, in the classroom and in the field. Academic programs lay the groundwork for innovative research, and real-world experiences carry forward to rewarding careers. This strikingly beautiful campus enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate. We welcome applications and nominations of outstanding scholar-educators to come join the Clemson Family.



Required Qualifications

Candidates must hold a PhD in Food Science, Human Nutrition or Packaging Science (or related disciplines).  Candidates must be eligible to hold the rank of Professor within the University.  Academic experience is required, with demonstrated excellence in developing productive research, teaching, public service and/or industry programs.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate some form of leadership experience. 

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, personnel management and consensus-building skills, and possess the ability to work effectively with a wide range of groups and individuals, including but not limited to, industry, university administration, government agencies, constituency groups, other departments, alumni, students and parents. Candidates with documented evidence of administrative experience, capacity for leadership and management skills in an academic environment will receive favorable consideration. Candidates who can document experience with and/or strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion are preferred. 

Application Instructions:

Please provide the following documents for your application:

  • A vitae that demonstrates significant achievement in research, teaching, extension or outreach, service and management/leadership experience;
  • Contact information for five (5) potential references (Note: references will not be contacted until the final stages of the interview process, after notification of candidates);
  • A concise letter of intent;
  • A statement of administrative philosophy;
  • Leadership examples;
  • Diversity statement;
  • A statement describing how you would balance the need for a unified departmental vision with the need for each of the three disciplines to satisfy different stakeholder needs.

Documents will be submitted electronically in PDF format via Interfolio ( Applicants may request that their candidacy remain confidential during the review process.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2020.  Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately after and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Please visit to learn more about the department and Clemson University. 


For additional information regarding the position or recruitment process, contact Kelsey Crawford ([email protected], 864-656-9943), Clemson University Talent Acquisition Team.




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Job No:
Posted: 11/7/2019
Application Due: 5/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time