Hood College is seeking a full time (10-month), tenure-track assistant professor of nutrition who will also serve as director for the newly-created graduate program in nutrition science. This new graduate program is part of the college’s growing health science program and is one of the Future Educator Model (FEM) programs recently chosen by ACEND.
Under the general supervision of the department chair of nursing, and in collaboration with the graduate school dean, the full-time program director is responsible for teaching in area of expertise and overseeing the implementation of the graduate program in nutrition and dietetics which consists of three tracks: dietetics, sustainability and general nutrition sciences. The preferred candidate will have program development, accreditation, and teaching/mentoring experience necessary to support the implementation of these degree tracks.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Program Director (55% in year one; 20% thereafter)
- In consultation with the graduate school dean and members of other academic departments, create proposal for a master’s degree in nutrition;
- Establish a minimum of four preceptor sites for dietetics track within the nutrition graduate program with plans for growth based on enrollment;
- Investigate and apply for extramural funding opportunities for the graduate program;
- Support the graduate school on recruitment efforts for the graduate program;
- Develop and oversee an assessment plan in alignment with the assessment culture at the College and in alignment with accreditation standards;
- Serve on the graduate council as program director;
- Establish regional partnerships with the goal of identifying experiential learning opportunities for students and potential research opportunities for faculty;
- Other job-related duties as assigned.
Teaching (15%, year one; 50% thereafter)
- Demonstrate an ability/potential for quality teaching;
- Teach 6 credits (year one) in biology, nursing or related fields, at the undergraduate and graduate level; teach 15 credits annually thereafter;
- Plan courses, write syllabi and design assignments for each course to meet Hood College and departmental curriculum requirements and assessment needs, utilizing a variety of teaching techniques;
- Present lectures, and supervise class activities, on topics appropriate to the course material;
- Instruct students in course content and provide learning opportunities in and out of the classroom to achieve course objectives;
- Critique performance on various assignments to measure the quality of learning, to facilitate skill building, to challenge students’ assumptions, and to reinforce concepts, which must include practical application of new skills;
- Maintain weekly office hours, be available before and after class and be in contact with students as appropriate. Work with student to address problems and resolve issues;
- Determine grades for assignments and for overall achievement in class. Provide appropriate documentation of grades to students and department as appropriate;
- Utilize digital and electronic platforms such as Blackboard and Chalk & Wire in instruction, record-keeping, and data collection;
- Other job-related duties as assigned.
Scholarship/Professional Development (15%)
- Conduct, present and/or publish research in the field, ideally involving students;
- Participate in other scholarly activities in the field;
- Engage in ongoing professional development in the field, as well as in teaching/pedagogy.
- Serve as advisor or committee member for master’s students;
- Advise graduate master’s students;
- Support and participate in college committees;
- Serve as an actively engaged member of the department.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Discipline Mastery: strong knowledge of subject matter; strong research skills; ongoing interaction and/or development of skills related to discipline.
- Teaching Mastery: strong knowledge of current learning theory and appropriate teaching methodology for diverse student populations.
- Oral Communication: speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and solicit clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings. Present classroom lectures that are coherent and logical.
- Planning/Organizing: prioritize and plan work activities; use time efficiently; plan for additional resources; set goals and objectives; develop realistic action plans.
- Professionalism: approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments.
- Adaptability: adapt to changes in the academic work environment; manage competing demands; change approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
- Dependability: commit resources necessary to assist students to reach goals.
- Innovation: display original thinking and creativity; meet challenges with resourcefulness; generate suggestions for improving work; develop innovative approaches and ideas; present ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
We seek a candidate with a strong commitment in a liberal arts setting, who is passionate about high-impact learning experiences, and who values diversity, equity and inclusion in all that they do. Candidates must have strong organizational skills and proven ability to work collaboratively across academic disciplines.
Education and/or Experience
A doctoral degree in nutrition or related field; RD licensure required with a minimum of three years’ teaching experience at an accredited 4-year institution; administrative, program development, and ACEND accreditation experience preferred; knowledge of and ability to integrate computer/digital technology in the classroom. A strong service record and experience with committee and administrative duties.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply online via our electronic application, which requires a cover letter with curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation. Please send the letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email email@example.com or call (301) 696-3592.
Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer
Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit http://www.hood.edu/non-discrimination/.
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