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The Dept. of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE-www.hnfe.vt.edu) invites applications for a 9-month (AY), tenure-track faculty appointment at the level of Associate or Full Professor, and Program Director, MS Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. An administrative stipend will be provided for leadership of the graduate degree program during the summer months. We are seeking a leader with training in nutrition, who has the ability to work collaboratively and lead an extramurally-funded research program with an emphasis on eating behaviors, behavior change, nutrition counseling, and/or designing and testing clinical or behavioral interventions to prevent and manage obesity and related diseases. This position will also direct a new Master of Science (MS) graduate degree program in Nutrition and Dietetics to prepare students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). The 17-month, non-thesis MS program emphasis will be Nutrition Counseling and Behavior Change, with specialty academic and supervised practice track certificate options in research, weight management, and sports nutrition. A research program that complements the MS program is required. Furthermore, we have a strong interest in dietetics researchers who work with interdisciplinary teams, will collaborate to fulfill our department's translational research mission, and will develop partnerships with Carilion Clinic's Dining and Nutrition Services located in Roanoke, VA, which will provide supervised clinical practice experiences for students. The director will also be part of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute's (VTCRI) Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (CTRHB).
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum development, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Adaptive Brain and Behavior (ABB) Destination Area (https://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html). The ABB Destination Area focuses on the transdisciplinary study of brain plasticity as it pertains to decision-making, physical and psychological trauma, and healthy development across the lifespan.
The successful candidate will direct the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics degree program, with support from a full-time Assistant Program Director. Responsibilities will include a 70% research and 30% administrative/teaching assignment, which includes the instruction of one graduate program course per year, supervision of the Assistant Director and other program staff, service on the Graduate and Dietetics Committees in HNFE, coordination with the Director of the Virginia Tech (VT) Exemplary Program award-winning undergraduate Dietetics Program, advising of MS and PhD graduate students, and participation in service activities. Collaborations are possible with the ABB, VTCRI and CTRHB faculty, as well as with the Carilion Clinic Health System, VT Athletics, Cooperative Extension, and Departments including Psychology, Biochemistry, Food Science & Technology, and Agriculture & Applied Economics.
Ph.D. in nutrition or a closely related field;
Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
The RD/RDN credential, and at least three years' experience as a registered dietitian;
History of refereed publications;
The ability to work independently and collaboratively on research;
Demonstrated potential for extramural funding;
Demonstrated ability to successfully train MS and PhD graduate students;
Written and verbal communication skills;
Commitment to innovative dietetics student education.
Prior program director experience;
Prior administrative experience;
Expertise in nutrition counseling and behavior change.
Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary teaching and/or research in areas that align with Virginia Tech's university-wide, multi-disciplinary focus on Adaptive Brain and Behavior.
Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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