Assistant Professor - Nutrition, Food Science and Pkg. - Dietetics and Nutrition

Job description

Job no: 498021
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Health Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Department Summary

The Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging offers three concentrations under the Bachelors of Science degree in Nutritional Science: Dietetics (Accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Applied Nutrition and Food Sciences, and Food Management. The department also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging.

The Department also offers a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science with six different objectives as per student preference. There are approximately 400 students who are enrolled in the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Department. Please visit our website at

This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in launching a career at a comprehensive university that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we rank third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. In fact, SJSU has recently been recognized as the #1 Most Transformative College in the country by Money Magazine.

We seek candidates whose research/scholarship, teaching and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences in higher education, and particularly in the area of nutrition and dietetics.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Doctoral degree in Nutrition or a closely related field is required for appointment.
  • University-level teaching experience is required as well as professional work experience related to dietetics and nutrition especially in the area of nutritional epidemiology (experience and training in the biological aspects of nutrition, epidemiology, biostatistics, and select related disciplines).
  • Demonstrated record of grant funding.
  • Record of publications or strong potential for publications.
  • Teaching experience appropriate to academic specialty.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct impactful interdisciplinary research/scholarship.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered Dietitian (Certification or License) preferred but not required.
  • We strongly encourage applicants whose research or scholarly interests focus on relationships between diet and disease in historically marginalized populations and intersect with any of the following: Health Equity, Health Infrastructures, and/or Sustainable Futures.
  • An active and well-articulated research agenda, coupled with interest and ability to secure external grant funding.
  • Experience working with racially diverse students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of groups within higher education, and the profession, shape patterns of participation and outcomes.
  • Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices including online instruction to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct both undergraduate and graduate mentoring.


  • Design and teach introductory and advanced level core courses in dietetics, nutritional epidemiology, community nutrition, applied nutrition, with experience in research methodology, biostatistics and courses in related areas as expertise permits.
  • Responsible for grant writing, curriculum planning and development, student advising, committee responsibilities, and supervision of graduate student activities.
  • Liaison with nutrition professionals to develop field experiences, graduate student projects, and curriculum support. The position will also involve significant mentoring and consulting with graduate students on quantitative and qualitative research methods, data analysis, grant applications and publications.
  • Serve as faculty advisor for the undergraduate Nutrition Science Curriculum Specialization.
  • Participate in professional organizations related to nutrition and related fields.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration preferred.
  • Teaching effectiveness, service to students and university, and scholarly/professional achievement are required for retention, tenure, and promotion.
  • Participate in shared governance usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments.
  • Participate in curriculum development and teaching of other courses to meet the needs of the program and its diverse student population.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and experience responding to the strengths and needs of a student population of great diversity—in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation—through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.

Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date: August 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents for full consideration by January 11, 2021:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) that describes what role faculty play in student success.
  • Statement of research plans (2 pages) that describes a research agenda focusing on relationships between diet and disease in multicultural populations especially historically underserved populations.
  • Diversity Statement (2 pages) that discusses best strategies for supporting students historically marginalized and underserved in the profession.
  • Three references with contact information

Inquires may be directed to: Dr. Ashwini Wagle, Department Chair, [email protected]

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Advertised: November 06, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 11/8/2020
Application Due: 5/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time