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The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T is seeking qualified candidates for its Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Urban Food Systems Endowed Professorship. Recipient of the BCBS Urban Food Systems Endowed Professorship will be selected on the basis of a distinguished and sustained record in teaching, scholarship, externally funded research, and outreach/Extension within the nexus of local/urban food systems, nutrition and health. The BCBS Urban Food Systems Endowed Professor is available at the rank of associate or full professor
The BCBS Urban Food Systems Endowed Professor will provide leadership in the areas of teaching, collaborative research and outreach/extension in the in the nexus of local/Urban food systems, nutrition and health. The greatest emphasis is placed on developing a self-sustaining program of extramurally-funded research that benefits the underserved communities affected by food insecurity in North Carolina. The endowed Professor will lead the effort to establish an intellectual foundation of dynamically co-evolving natural and social environment by combining the academic scrutiny and tailored engagement of stakeholders and sectors that affect or are effected by the food systems. This will require developing sustainable and equitable approaches for access to nutritious foods, promotion of healthy eating and the use of food/food components for the prevention of chronic diseases. The endowed Professor is also expected to support the training and professional development of students in the food nutritional sciences disciplines, including engaging students in research and outreach activities related to sustainable local food systems, nutrition and wellness.
As the lead researcher in the local/urban food systems and related community nutrition and disease prevention, the BCBS Urban Food Systems Endowed Professor will represent the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the University in the community and professional organizations and be accountable for sustained research productivity with impact on the health and wellness of under-served communities. Accountability will also include an annual report to the BCBS due in early September each year.