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Assistant ProfessorWorking Title:
Assistant Professor - Nutrition & Dietetics - #112711Department:
School of Health SciencesPosition Summary:
WCU, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has adopted a “Get Vaccinated or Get Tested” policy effective September 15, 2021. This will require you demonstrate evidence of full vaccination upon hire or be subject to regular testing.
The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.
The School of Health Sciences invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track assistant professor in the Nutrition & Dietetics Program with expertise and practice in clinical nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, and metabolism. Responsibilities of the position include: teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, general education nutrition courses, and other courses that support the Nutrition and Dietetics curriculum; advise and mentor students in collaboration with the Advising Center; provide meaningful service to the university, profession, and community; and have a well-defined scholarly/research agenda. We are seeking a team-oriented faculty member to work collaboratively with faculty within the Nutrition & Dietetics Program, School of Health Sciences, and College of Health and Human Sciences. The Nutrition & Dietetics program is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students. Salary and rank are commensurate with academic qualifications and experience. Opportunities for summer teaching with an additional summer stipend are available. Review of applications will begin in November 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Start date is August 1, 2022. The Nutrition & Dietetics program is housed in the School of Health Sciences and consists of an ACEND-accredited DPD program which works collaboratively with the post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship program. The DPD program is a 120-hour undergraduate program accredited by ACEND. Highlights of the programs include student organizations, community engagement, and undergraduate research. The DI Program is included in a 22-month Master of Health Sciences (MHS)- Nutrition concentration program which begins each Fall semester, also accredited by ACEND. The Nutrition & Dietetics program is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students. For more information visit: Nutritiondietetics.wcu.edu or hs.wcu.edu. The School of Health Sciences offers undergraduate programs in Athletic Training (through 2022), Emergency Medical Care, Environmental Health, Integrated Health Sciences, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Recreational Therapy. Graduate programs include the Master of Science in Athletic Training and the Master of Health Sciences. The MHS program offers concentrations in Emergency Medical Care, Health Education, Health Management, and Nutrition & Dietetics. Additional programs within the College of Health and Human Sciences include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Social Work. A collaborative environment conducive to interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and service exists within the School and College of Health and Human Sciences. More information on the school can be found on the website: hs.wcu.edu and information on the college can be found on the website: chhs.wcu.edu . Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university consisting of over 12,000 students with its main campus located in Cullowhee, NC. The county and surrounding areas provide residents a high quality of life with its proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community, and mild year-around temperatures. The Nutrition & Dietetics program is housed in a 160,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences Building. The College of Health and Human Sciences’ faculty are committed to creating and implementing a program of inter-professional experiences for students enrolled in the health professions, and opportunities for inter-professional research and collaboration is extensive. In addition, the Western North Carolina rural, aging and medically underserved location provides numerous and rich opportunities for service, research and grant acquisition.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support the vision and mission of the Nutrition & Dietetics Program, along with the School, College, and University.
- Develop and deliver courses within the Nutrition & Dietetics Program.
- Mentor and advise students in collaboration with the Advising Center with regard to academic progress and professional development.
- Provide service to the university, profession, and community.
- Maintain currency in the academic discipline through continuing education, research, and/or participation in activities within the profession, including involvement within professional organizations at the state, district and national levels.
- Work cooperatively and collegially with all faculty and staff in the Nutrition & Dietetics Program, School of Health Sciences, and across the institution.
- Carry out other assignments and duties as assigned by the Nutrition & Dietetics Program Director, Director of the School of Health Sciences, and Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.Minimum Qualifications:
- Doctoral degree in nutrition or related field from a regionally accredited institution (ABD candidates considered with degree conferral by August 2022)
- At least one year of demonstrated professional clinical practice experience
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential
- Teaching experience in academic settings
- A scholarly activity and/or research agenda, as defined by the Boyer model
- Experience with ACEND accreditation
- Three years professional clinical practice experience
- Demonstrated commitment to student engagement and success
- Demonstrated success with student mentoring
- Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
- Evidence of service to the profession and/or community
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
10/12/2021Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Application must be made on-line. Hard-copy application materials will not be considered.
Application review will begin in November 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
Applicants must include the following required attachments:
- Cover letter
- List a minimum of 3 professional references (include complete contact information)
- One-page statement of teaching philosophy
- One-page statement of research/scholarly agenda
- Unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree
- Copy of credentials and certifications
For more information please contact Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett at [email protected]Background/E-Verify:
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Credential Verification:
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.AA/EOE:
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. University Safety:
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