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WORKING TITLE: Assistant/Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
POSITION SUMMARY: Assistant/Associate Professor (75% Public Service and Outreach; 25% Research), 12-month, tenure-track or tenured upon appointment in the Department of Foods and Nutrition who will serve as an Extension Specialist in the area of human nutrition and health promotion for limited resource audiences.
As a member of the Foods and Nutrition Department, the new faculty member will: 1) Provide program leadership and serve as Principal Investigator (PI) for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and/or other externally funded nutrition education programs for limited resource households; 2) Engage in collaborations to develop grant proposals to obtain external funding for nutrition education programs and provide educational programs targeted to limited resource households; 3) Develop, implement and evaluate program content for eligible individuals and families; 4) Provide expertise in nutrition and innovative educational approaches including program evaluation to county Extension agents and other partners; 5) Work collaboratively to explore new technology as appropriate to enhance knowledge and initiate behavior change; 6) Enhance research opportunities for graduate students and engage students in nutrition/health-related community outreach and Extension programs for limited resource audiences; 7) Serve as a conduit for nutrition and health expertise to be communicated to Extension agents and other outreach partners and provide nutrition research updates to County Extension Agents; 8) Develop and/or revise nutrition/foods program content and assessment tools; 9) Publish findings in refereed journals; 10) Network at national, regional and state levels to communicate research findings with key leaders and enhance program development to ensure implementation with an on-going evaluation component; 11) Support 4-H programs through leadership for and participation in foods and nutrition project competitions and development of educational materials and initiatives for 4-H audiences. The successful candidate will be committed to the Cooperative Extension mission.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for the position of Assistant Professor, the applicant must have a Ph.D. (at time of appointment) in nutrition, public health, or a related field; demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively on Extension programs; show evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills; and have a history of working with limited resource audiences (e.g., EFNEP, SNAP-Ed, etc.). The applicant should have demonstrated scholarly competence and research productivity, or the potential for such. To be considered for the position of Associate Professor, the applicant should meet the above qualifications; have attained tenure at a comparable university or have at least four years of experience at the Assistant Professor rank; show evidence of a high quality Extension and research publication record; demonstrate a record of success with external funding; and demonstrate an outstanding record of research productivity. To be considered for the Associate Professor level, candidates should demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of emerging stature as a regional or national authority as appropriate for the position. To be eligible for tenure on appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate Professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Any request for tenure upon appointment must be approved before hire. Faculty expectations for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Foods & Nutrition are summarized at: https://provost.uga.edu/_resources/documents/Foods_and_Nutrition_2015.pdf. UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure can be reviewed here: https://provost.uga.edu/_resources/documents/UGA_Guidelines_for_APT_4_2017_online.pdf.
The applicant must be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist holding licensure or secure licensure in the state of Georgia within two years of employment.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND/OR COMPETENCIES: Candidates for the Assistant Professor rank that can demonstrate evidence in preparation and submission of external research grants are preferred. Candidates for the Associate Professor rank with at least one funded research grant as PI are preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of Cooperative Extension and at least two years of experience in program administration for limited resource audiences such as EFNEP, SNAP-ED, etc. are preferred.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
COLLEGE/UNIT/DEPARTMENT: The Department of Foods and Nutrition is a unit of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn The department has 25 faculty, 400 undergraduate students majoring in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, and Culinary Science and Nutrition as well as 35 graduate students in the PhD and MS graduate degree programs. The Department has strong ties and opportunities for interdisciplinary research programs with Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Animal and Dairy Sciences, Kinesiology, Pharmacy, Physiology, Food Science and Technology, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, Gerontology, Psychology, the Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute https://bhsi.uga.edu/ and others. The University of Georgia is one of 4 institutions of the NIH funded Georgia Clinical & Translational Alliance which leverages complementary strengths to accelerate clinical and translational research http://georgiactsa.org/. The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) https://ctru.uga.edu/, located on the UGA Health Sciences Campus, supports investigators who conduct clinical and translational studies. The CTRU is an initiative of the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership and the UGA Office of Research.
THE COMMUNITY: The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia, 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. Athens offers a rich cultural environment interconnected with the university and is perennially identified as one of America’s most livable cities. Additional information can be found at: http://www.visitathensga.com/about-athens/.
ADVERTISED SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Information regarding fringe benefits may be viewed at http://www.hr.uga.edu.
PROPOSED STARTING DATE: July 1, 2019 or as negotiated
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected; however, to be assured of a complete review, candidates should submit their application materials by January 15, 2019. The application packet must include a cover letter of interest that details how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs of the position as well as responsibilities and qualifications detailed above. In addition to a cover letter, applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant). All applicants must apply online by submitting materials to UGAJobs. For information about this posting see http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/34630.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests. The college welcomes applications and nominations of minorities and others who share our passion about and reflect our desire to support a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Confidential requests for information may be directed to:
Dr. Judy A. Harrison, Chair, Search Committee
Department of Foods and Nutrition
The University of Georgia
204 Hoke Smith Annex
Athens, GA 30602