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Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Food Science – Georgia Southern University, GA


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Department of Health and Kinesiology

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University System of Georgia

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Food Science

Search #65357

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Georgia Southern University invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Food Science in the Department of Health and Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Georgia Southern University, a member institution of the University System of Georgia, is classified as a Doctoral/Research University. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Georgia Southern offers more than 100 academic majors in a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master's and doctoral programs. The University has earned a reputation for providing all of the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a much smaller college. In 2012, Georgia Southern was named one of the top 10 most popular universities in the country in the U.S. News & World Report. Academic programs are organized within eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Health and Human Sciences, the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Science and Mathematics, and the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies.

A residential university with a fall 2011 enrollment of more than 20,000 students, Georgia Southern is one of Georgia’s premier universities. One of the top choices in Georgia for new freshmen, including HOPE Scholars, Georgia Southern enrolls an increasingly selective student body representing 49 U.S. states and more than 100 nations. The University continues to enhance its academic profile through higher admission standards, an expanded Honors Program, and scholarships for academically talented students.

Georgia Southern University is committed to advancing the State of Georgia and the region through the benefits of higher education, offering both campus-based and a number of online degree programs. The University fosters access to its educational programs, provides a comprehensive and fulfilling university experience, and enhances quality of life in the region through collaborative relationships supporting education, health care and human services, cultural experiences, scientific and technological advancement, athletics, and regional development.

The more than 700 acre park-like campus continues an era of capital construction that has opened new facilities for colleges and academic programs, student recreation and development, university housing, athletics, and public service. The learning environment is enhanced by a museum of cultural and natural history, a botanical garden, a unique wildlife education and raptor center, a performing arts center, the Center for Art and Theatre, and a continuing education and conference center. The University's Division I athletic teams, the Eagles, compete in the Southern Conference. The campus is located in Statesboro, a classic Main Street community near historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island.

Within this setting, the Department of Health and Kinesiology is a dynamic and growing unit of over 40 faculty and staff serving over 1,000 majors enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in areas that include health education and promotion, exercise science, athletic training, sport psychology, nutrition and food science, health and physical education, sport management, and coaching education. The department strives to become an elite academic unit and this position would contribute to that goal through the development of a Nutrition and Food Science graduate program. The existing Nutrition and Food Science program prepares undergraduate students in one of three areas: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), Community Nutrition, and Food Science/Food Systems Administration. The DPD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education. There is also a Sports Nutrition emphasis within the Master of Science in Kinesiology.

Position Description. Reporting to the Chair of the Department, the Assistant Professor requires teaching, service, and research responsibilities as well as a terminal degree. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Nutrition and Food Science including, basic and applied nutrition and food laboratory courses; conduct research in the areas of Nutrition and Food Science; provide academic and research advisement to students; promote and sustain interdisciplinary dialogue and service; hold membership in professional associations; and serve on committees and participate in official activities at the departmental, college, and university levels. The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Nutrition, Food Science, Dietetics or closely related area by August 1, 2013
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and learning as evidenced by a presentation with students present during the campus visit
  • Promise of productive scholarship/creative activities consistent with the teacher-scholar model
  • Commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service that is consistent with the College’s priorities for the Department and the mission of the University
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the Department, College, and University
  • Technological literacy and a commitment to integrate technology in teaching and scholarship
  • Commitment to professional service within the University and beyond
  • Ability to work in a diverse academic and professional community

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Potential for online teaching.


Screening of applications begins October 15, 2012, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2013. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Jim McMillan, Search Chair, Search 65357

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Georgia Southern University

P. O. Box 8076

Statesboro GA 30460-8076

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Telephone: (912) 478-0200

More information about the institution is available through . Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.

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Contract Period:

9 months

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Nutrition Sciences

Food Science

Foods, Nutrition, And Related Services, Other

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Registered Dietitian

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Application Deadline:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Position Starting Date:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Dr. Jim McMillan

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(912) 478-0200

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