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University of Maryland, College Park
Agriculture and Natural Resources
College Park
Prince George's
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Posted: 02/8/2019
Professor and Department Chair

Position Description: The Department of Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, invites applications and nominations for a tenure track position as Professor and Chair. The University of Maryland, College Park is one of the nation’s top 20 public research universities with a world-class reputation for academics, research, and community involvement. It is a Land Grant institution and Flagship University within the University System of Maryland, with over 2,500 faculty members. Current enrollment is approximately 27,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students. The 1,300-acre campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor. The campus has metro rail access to excellent research libraries, national and international research institutions, government, international organizations, national archives, non-profit agencies, and significant cultural landmarks.

The College Park campus is located in suburban Maryland approximately eight miles northeast of Washington D. C. with National Institutes of Health, the USDA-Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Agricultural Library in close proximity. The Department of Nutrition and Food Science is at the forefront of the college’s internationally recognized work around food safety and quality, food and nutritional security, and regularly strives to inform policy based on sound research. The Department offers three areas of undergraduate study: Dietetics, Food Science, and Nutritional Science with approximately 187 undergraduate and 41 graduate students. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) – one of the state’s flagship Extension programs that strives to improve quality of life for limited-income families and youth - is housed in the department. Additionally, the department has administrative responsibilities for an interdepartmental graduate program in Nutrition and Food Science. Principal areas of research expertise include but are not limited to the following: food science, bioactive foods, food safety, and obesity, nutrition in chronic diseases, epidemiology, and international and community nutrition. The Chair oversees a budget of $2.6 million with extramural funding of $4.6 million. Details of the department’s personnel, programs and facilities can be found at:

Responsibilities: Provide vision and leadership to all departmental personnel in academics, research, and extension programming. Effectively administer the finances, policies, and facilities of the department. Ensure representation and effective communication between the department faculty, staff, and students and the Dean and other Administrative officers of the University. Serve as a proactive and interactive liaison with leaders of industry, government, other academic institutions, professional societies and the public, promote the department’s programs and seek opportunities to advance the department’s faculty and students. Facilitate departmental excellence through the recruitment of outstanding new faculty, staff and students, while also fostering the professional and scholarly growth of these individuals.

Promote and provide linkage between the department and the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3) and the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN).


Required: The successful candidate must have a PhD in nutrition, food science, or closely related field, be internationally recognized for accomplishments in research, instruction and/or extension, and be qualified to be tenured at the rank of professor at UMD. Additionally, the candidate must have significant administrative/managerial experience, possess outstanding communication skills, and have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, administration, industry and/or other clientele, demonstrated ability in attracting extramural funding, a deep understanding of the fields of Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetics and a strong desire to help contribute to the Land Grant mission.


  • Demonstrated ability to foster strong collaborations among internal and external research and academic partners in support of the department’s mission as a part of a Land Grant institution.
  • Leadership style that seeks consensus and inclusion in support of the shared governance model as designed and outlined by the Department, College, and University.
  • Skill and ability to deal effectively with the human resources, fiscal aspects, and physical needs of a large, multi-faceted department housed at several locations;
  • Experience in promoting and marketing of teaching, research, and/or extension to diverse national and international communities;
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining external funding opportunities in support of teaching, research and/or extension activities.

Salary/Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

Applications: Letters of nomination and/or application should be submitted no later than March 1, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. Applications should include a complete curriculum vitae, the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail of five professional references, and a letter describing the role of Nutrition and Food Science in today’s society as well as the applicant's abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the position. Applications and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Adel Shirmohammadi, Chair, Search Committee, Office of the Dean, University of Maryland, 1296 Symons Hall College Park, MD 20742. Electronic application is required and must be submitted through eTerp at . Applications will be kept confidential.

The University of Maryland Is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Women And Minorities Are Strongly Encouraged To Apply.