Professor and Head of Nutritional Sciences

Professor and Head of Nutritional Sciences

The Pennsylvania State University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Nutrition has been a part of the curriculum at Penn State for over 100 years and based on NRC rankings is one of the premier programs in nutritional sciences in the nation. Programmatic activities span the spectrum from basic science to application in clinical, community and global settings. The department is respected for its faculty expertise in basic and molecular sciences, emerging sciences such as nutrigenomics, metabolomics, the microbiome clinical and translational sciences, and applied sciences in epidemiology, maternal and infant nutrition, global nutrition, obesity, ingestive behavior and nutrition education and dietetics. In addition to robust undergraduate and doctoral programs, an online Masters of Professional Studies program is scheduled to start in Fall 2016, as part of Penn State’s renowned World Campus. Penn State seeks candidates with the vision, energy and commitment to lead the department, and enhance and extend its prominence. The head will have administrative responsibility for all operational, fiscal and procedural actions associated with the department and will represent the department on the Executive Committee of the College of Health and Human Development (HHD). The department head will be a leader who promotes excellence in the full range of missions that are embodied in a comprehensive, land-grant, and research-intensive university and values and encourages the diversity of the nutritional sciences program. The head must be committed to excellence in promoting and extending research and scholarship, undergraduate and graduate education, recruiting and mentoring a diverse faculty, and building relationships with industry, government, alumni, donors, and an array of campus and community partners. Candidates should have an earned doctorate, a successful record of extramurally funded research and must be qualified for appointment at the rank of professor. Demonstrated leadership and management skills are a prerequisite. The department includes 13 tenured or tenure-track and 9 non-tenure-track faculty, approximately 273 undergraduate majors, 35 full-time graduate (mostly doctoral) students, 8 dietetic interns, and dedicated administrative staff. The department has an operating budget and externally funded projects directed by nutritional sciences faculty. For more information about the department visit: http://nutrition.hhd.psu.edu/. The department is one of eight academic units in the college (see http://www.hhd.psu.edu/ for more information about the college) and has links with a network of collaborating units that includes the College of Medicine and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; many academic departments in the college and across the university; HHD research centers such as the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, the Center for Healthy Aging, the Center for Childhood Obesity Research and The Methodology Center; as well as university-wide entities such as the Social Science Research Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Clinical Research Center, Penn State’s Institutes for Energy and the Environment, and the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center. Penn State is a leading public university, and offers a comprehensive portfolio of academic programs. Founded in 1855, it is the only land-grant institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Approximately 46,600 students are enrolled at University Park, the administrative and research hub of the university. During the last fiscal year, expenditures on organized research at Penn State totaled $801 million. The university is responsive to dual-career situations, hosts two superb on-site childcare centers, and is located in a local community with excellent public schools. More detailed information about Penn State and the surrounding central Pennsylvania area can be found at http://www.psu.edu. Visit https://psu.jobs/job/66119 to apply. Applicants must complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter describing relevant experiences, complete curriculum vitae, and copies of up to five research articles, along with the names and contact information of five professional references (note: references will only be contacted after alerting applicants that they are in the final round of selection). Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries may be made to Drs. Catharine Ross or Penny Kris-Etherton, Co-Chairs of the Search Committee, by telephone (814-865-4721; 814 863-2923) or E-mail (acr6@psu.edu; pmk3@psu.edu). Please indicate “Department Head Search” in subject line of email correspondence. For more information on the Department, visit: nutrition.hhd.psu.edu.

 

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