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Job Detail: Nutrition and Food Studies Term Assistant Professor


The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies (NFS) at George Mason University (GMU), invites applications for a full-time term assistant professor (9-month, non-tenure track, state-funded) with a start date of August 2020. The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies is one of six academic units within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) which compromises the departments of Social Work; Global and Community Health; Health Administration, and Policy, Rehabilitation Science and the School of Nursing. The College is currently transitioning to become a College of Public Health. The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies was founded in 2011 and there are currently six full-time faculty members, in addition to a department chair, with backgrounds ranging from food science, global nutrition, obesity, performance nutrition, public health nutrition, maternal and child health and food systems. The department offers an MS in Nutrition and both undergraduate minors and graduate certifications in Food Security and Nutrition. A new Nutrition BS is currently under approval and anticipates matriculating its first class in the Fall of 2020. The department is also in the process of developing a Dietetics track within the existing MS program which would enable credentialing of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). In March of 2019, the MS/RDN pathway was recognized by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as an early adopter demonstration program and will proceed through the candidacy process based on ACEND’s Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Graduate Programs. The department is housed in the new Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall and includes faculty and staff offices, a Nutrition Teaching Kitchen and a Human Nutrition Assessment Lab. In addition, Peterson Hall includes the College’s Population Health Center, offering clinical and research space for faculty and experiential learning opportunities for students. More information about the department is available at George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Position Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, participating in university governance, professional and public service, and performing assignments such as supervising Master student theses, and student advising. Annual appointment will depend on budget and performance. The selected candidate for this position will be expected to teach four courses per semester in a variety of nutrition areas including introductory nutrition, the nutrition core of the BS program, those specific to the proposed concentrations in the BS program: Food Systems, Food Security & Global Nutrition and Pre-Dietetics, as well as in the planned MS/RDN pathway. CHHS faculty have the option to buy out course load through external research support.

Position Qualifications: 

Successful candidates will have a doctoral degree in nutrition or closely related field. Candidates with an RDN credential are preferred. In addition, experience with successful methods of teaching and learning, developing academic programs and curriculum, online curriculum development, fostering undergraduate research opportunities and a record of scholarship and teaching in higher education will be valued. Employment is contingent upon background verification.

How to Apply: 

Applicants must apply for position number F497AZ at using the online submission system: Applications must include: (1) a cover letter summarizing teaching interests and experience, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement (<1 page), (4) a statement of diversity (see below), and (5) contact information for three professional references. Three letters of reference will be only be required for those candidates invited for the on-campus interview and submitted on or before the interview day. Statement of diversity: Please respond to the following: Reflect on your work with diverse individuals and/or groups in a teaching, mentorship, research, or advisory capacity. How did you help them capitalize on their strengths and overcome barriers to success? (No more than 2 paragraphs).The review of applications begins April 27, 2020 but, will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications submitted using will be reviewed.

Please send email inquiries to Dr. Sina Gallo, Search Committee Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at

About the job

Location Fairfax, VA
Field Education
Time Full-time
Date 08 March 2020

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Company name George Mason University
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