Clinical Instructor, Fall 2021
May 4, 2021
The Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee invites applications for a 12-month, non-tenure track clinical instructor position with an expected start date of August 1, 2021. The individual in this position will play an integral role in training nutrition and dietetics students enrolled in the Future Education Model Graduate Program, which bridges applied coursework in our ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics at the undergraduate level with a new M.S. concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and reorganized experiential learning components from the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship. This program uniquely integrates experiential learning in a stepwise progression from simulations to practice, emphasizes mentoring of senior-level undergraduates by graduate students in the practice setting, and will culminate in a clinical outcomes data monitoring and analysis project. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.
Primary responsibilities will include direct supervision of multiple students enrolled in applied courses involving direct client care within Federally Qualified Health Center outpatient clinics in the Greater Knoxville area. The instructor will provide guidance and support as students employ the Nutrition Care Process to provide nutrition education and counseling to diverse clients who may have wide-ranging health conditions. The candidate is expected to be successful in a fast-paced setting grounded in evidence-based practice, client-centered care, and interprofessional collaboration. The instructor may also participate in the design and implementation of simulation experiences on campus to prepare students for a successful transition to the clinic setting. Opportunities for involvement in the development of new courses, in coordination with program faculty, is also possible. Service activities will be as assigned based on the instructor’s interest and experience as well as departmental need. Salary commensurate with experience.
Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree, credentialing as a RDN by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, licensure or eligibility for licensure as a Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) in Tennessee, 2+ years practice experience in clinical nutrition/dietetics, excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills, detail-oriented with strong organizational, data management, and technology skills, a commitment to innovation in nutrition and dietetics education, and passion for developing the next generation of practitioners. Creativity, flexibility, and ability to work with diverse populations, particularly underserved and minority groups, is essential. Active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as experience working with interpreters in healthcare settings is desired.
Application materials must include a cover letter, current resume or CV, and names and contact information for three professional references. The cover letter should include a statement of interest and aspirations for the position as well as philosophy for teaching students in the practice setting. For additional information or inquiries about this position, please contact Dr. Melissa Hansen-Petrik, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected].