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The Dept. of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE; http://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, Master of Science (MS) Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. An administrative stipend will be provided for leadership of the graduate degree program during the summer months. Responsibilities include program administration (33%), research (33%), and teaching (33%). We are seeking a leader to direct a new 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 on 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 focus of the MS program is required; examples include, but are not limited to, eating behaviors, behavior change, nutrition counseling, and/or designing and testing clinical or behavioral interventions to prevent and manage obesity related diseases. Furthermore, we have a strong interest in dietetics researchers who work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams to fulfill our department's translational research mission, and 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; https://ctrhb.vtc.vt.edu/).
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 (http://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.
Responsibilities include instruction of up to three (total of 9 cr.) graduate courses per calendar year, 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 students, and participation in service activities. Collaborations are possible with the VTCRI and CTRHB faculty, as well as with the Carilion Clinic Health System, VT Athletics, Cooperative Extension, and Departments of Psychology, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, and Agriculture and Applied Economics.
Serve as Director of the MS program, and provide leadership for the achievement of program vision, mission, goals, and objectives;
Respond to changes in the professional landscape including dietetics educational models, curriculum and program design;
Supervise the Assistant Director (AD; 100% FTE, assigned to manage day-to-day program activities) and other program faculty and staff; work with the Assistant Director to monitor program acceptance and oversee student progress;
Supervise collection/evaluation of program outcomes and management of ACEND-required documentation related to program accreditation;
Teach required course(s) in the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics program, as instructor and/or co-instructor;
Lead a research program to complement and expand research programs in HNFE;
Direct and assist in recruitment and training graduate students at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels;
Participate in advising, service and outreach.
Ph.D. in nutrition or a closely related field;
The RD/RDN credential, and at least three years' experience as a registered dietitian;
Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
Experience in an ACEND-accredited dietetic education program;
History of refereed publications;
The ability to work independently and collaboratively on research;
Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding to maintain an active research program;
Demonstrated ability to successfully train MS and PhD graduate students;
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
Commitment to innovative dietetics student education.
Prior program director or leadership experience;
Prior administrative experience with an ACEND-accredited program;
Expertise in nutrition counseling and behavior change;
Leadership roles in major professional organizations.
Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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