Visiting Assistant Professor of Nutrition, 1-Year Term Appointment

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Saint Joseph, Minnesota
Dec 20, 2020
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Nutrition Department at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University invites applications for a full-time, one-year term position as Visiting Assistant Professor commencing August 2021.

The Nutrition department is a collegial, dedicated, and engaged team of seven faculty members with a broad range of specializations. A Nutrition major and minor, including an ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics are offered. Appreciation and respect for the food habits and traditions of diverse peoples is balanced with the principles of scientific methodology and open inquiry. Intellectual growth of our students is promoted through innovative laboratory experiences, student research, study abroad opportunities, and community service. We are committed to helping our students develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication, ethical decision-making, and leadership in order to prepare them for contemporary nutrition careers, post-baccalaureate studies, service to their communities, and life-long learning.

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), a liberal arts college for men, are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from   St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some CSB/SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities.

CSB/SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB/SJU. We welcome faculty who devote themselves with passion and integrity to their disciplines and to a transformative education of their students.  Please view our brochure regarding Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition.

With a total enrollment of approximately 3,300 students, faculty members develop relationships with students in small classroom settings and have opportunities to work closely with students on research projects, experiential learning experiences, and study abroad programs. Recent initiatives to create a dynamic general education curriculum and to develop plans for a new teaching and learning center demonstrate strong institutional support for faculty development. For further information, see

Institutional Commitment to Diversity
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University believe that an excellent liberal arts education requires an understanding and appreciation of cultural difference. Please view our Institutional Statement on Diversity.

CSB/SJU offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.


Primary teaching responsibilities will be based on the candidate’s background and qualifications and may include introductory nutrition courses and associated labs for Nutrition majors or non-majors, upper division courses in medical nutrition therapy (covering both chronic and acute care, including the provision of nutrition support), nutrition assessment (with a focus on the Nutrition Care Process), and other coursework as needed in the department. The successful candidate may also participate in academic advising, engage in scholarly activity, and provide service to the department, students, campus, and the community.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Nutrition or closely-related field; must have at least 18 graduate credits in Nutrition
  • Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN) as recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Current membership (or acquired by August 2021) in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and/or the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in teaching evidenced based content. If teaching Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Assessment courses, candidates must be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and/or the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) (by the contract start date), and have recent nutrition support practitioner experience as a registered dietitian.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Collaborative work ethic
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with diverse individuals/groups
  • Ability to advocate for the success of students and the department

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD or DCN (Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition)
  • Certified Nutrition Support Clinician®
  • Recent nutrition support practitioner experience as a registered dietitian
  • Experience and/or familiarity with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accreditation standards
  • Teaching experience at the college level
  • Advising and/or mentoring experience
  • Evidence of scholarly activity

To Apply:

To view the employment opportunities webpage and apply online, please visit Candidates are asked to complete the faculty application and to submit the following application materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including evidence of ability to collaborate effectively with diverse individuals/groups
  4. Professional Goals Statement
  5. Unofficial copy of transcripts (official copies required upon hire)
  6. A list of three professional references with contact information
  7. Verification of professional certification and/or membership(s)

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.