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Chair of Nutrition and Full Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Nutrition - 466001

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Chair of Nutrition and Full Professor

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track

Vacancy ID:



Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

- The Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition is a global leader in research and training. We are the only nutrition department in the United States situated in both a school of public health and a school of medicine. We engage in innovative work that capitalizes on both these schools’ approaches to health, and thus our department has an unusual breadth of scientific and policy approaches. Currently we have 18 staff and 49 faculty members whose expertise spans from cell to society and moves from discovery to delivery. Our faculty and students work throughout North Carolina and reach populations in China, India, Malawi, Spain and the Philippines, to name a few.

Position Summary:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Gillings School of Global Public Health invites applications for Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition. The Department of Nutrition’s mission is to improve and protect the public’s health through teaching, research and practices that foster optimal nutrition. Our vision is to achieve optimal nutrition for all people around the globe.
Duties of Gillings chairs include but are not limited to the following:
The leader should, with diverse input, articulate a mission for the department and strategies to optimize that mission. Mission and vision should complement those for the school. We are one school, one Gillings.

- Enhance diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. Diversity includes race/ethnicity but is not limited to these criteria. For some departments, gender, age and other types of diversity may be issues. See the SPH’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (DITF) report and Inclusive Excellence Action Plan for fuller discussion. Chairs are expected to ensure compliance with the plan’s training requirements.

- Organize the department in an effective, efficient and fair manner so that the teaching, research and practice missions are optimized. Ensure that proper administrative support is given to department matters, including teaching, research, practice, space, budget and student affairs, and that timely, appropriate response is made to information requests and directives from Dean’s Office, prospective students, University leaders, legislators and other relevant individuals/organizations.

- Lead faculty and staff to achieve excellence and positive results in a supportive professional environment; recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff; and ensure people are being mentored appropriately. Enhance diversity and inclusion and expect to be measured regarding outcomes; ensure that there are processes and accountability by which faculty members of all tracks and ranks are mentored for promotion and, likewise, that opportunities are provided for staff to grow and develop in their careers

- Recruit and retain outstanding students; enhance diversity; ensure that there are effective means for students to participate in the department and to articulate their concerns; respond in a timely manner to students’ concerns and suggestions; provide an outstanding educational experience for students; ensure the availability and quality of student advising and mentoring based on best practices; manage grade and other appeals and grievances with others as appropriate in the school.

- Lead outstanding departmental educational programs and curricula overall and as part of Gillings School programs; provide direction for department development and improvement; plan and implement new courses/programs; maintain appropriate balance among teaching, research, and practice/engaged scholarship within the department; establish, review, and improve degree programs; prepare for Graduate School Reviews and accreditation processes determined by CEPH and other accreditors.

- Facilitate a high-quality program of innovative, externally funded research from a range of sources to further department and school goals; ensure that junior faculty members are provided research mentoring support and the pre-and post-award services they need for success; enable appropriate dissemination of results, programs and products

- Facilitate funding from federal and other grant, contract and philanthropic sources. Work with the school’s advancement staff to seek and obtain funds for endowment and/or non-restricted purposes, including student and faculty support, from private and foundation donors.

- With the school’s communications staff, identify the most important constituencies for communication and develop an effective communication strategy

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

MD, DrPH, PhD or related in an appropriate field and the candidate must be eligible for appointment to the rank of Professor, have an outstanding record of academic and research or practice accomplishments in related discipline, and have a commitment to professional and public service, interdisciplinary collaboration, promotion of diversity and inclusion, mentoring, and teaching. The applicant should have a proven ability to think and lead strategically, balance multiple priorities, and manage the finances and human resources of a large, dynamic, and diverse department. The applicant should be prepared to serve as a leader within the School and to collaborate across the School with other department chairs and senior leaders.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

The candidate should be an innovator with demonstrated leadership, communication and administrative abilities.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions:


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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