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The University of Georgia
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Posted: 12/14/2021
Department Head of Nutritional Sciences

Department Head of Nutritional Sciences

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) at the University of Georgia (UGA) is launching a search and seeking nominations and applications for candidates for the Department Head of Nutritional Sciences (NUTR).

The Department Head will inspire an expansive vision for the future and effectively interact with a constituency that includes academic, government, industry, alumni, and students. This position requires strong leadership capabilities, the ability to secure research and development funding, and it is expected that the successful candidate will lead the faculty and its programs to a higher level of excellence.

The ideal candidate will have:

• A proven record of scholarly achievement, clear and convincing evidence of leadership and administrative effectiveness, and a commitment to excellence in research, undergraduate and graduate education, and public service.
• Demonstrated leadership at a management level including, program development and accredited programs.
• Evidence of a national and/or international reputation in a substantive area of the discipline and strengths of the department.

• Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication, and managerial skills.

UGA, College and Department:

The University of Georgia, 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. UGA is consistently 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and approximately 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. As one of the top public universities in the nation, UGA offers a culture of academic excellence and opportunity made all the richer by our renowned faculty, diverse community of scholar-citizens, and vibrant student life program. Additional information about UGA is available at

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences is committed to student success, holistic development and inclusive perspective taking. FACS develops leaders who focus on the science and art of helping individuals live well in a complex society. In the nearly 100 years since its founding, the College has grown and now comprises four departments, one institute, several research labs and centers. Additional information about FACS may be found at:

The Department of Nutritional Sciences has approximately 379 undergraduate and 63 graduate students who prepare for a career in health care, education, industry, or government. Undergraduate programs include: Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, Culinary Science and Nutrition, and FACS Education. The department’s graduate program is ranked in the top 25 programs in the nation, where students have a wealth of research opportunities and the ability to study in clinical, basic science, culinary science or community-based nutrition education areas. The department is staffed by 24 faculty members who have interdisciplinary (clinical and translational) research concentrations in the following areas: skeletal health; obesity and related disorders, genetics and metabolism, nutrition and neuroscience; impact of nutrients on growth, development and aging; bioactive compounds and health; gastrointestinal neurophysiology and community nutrition. Faculty with Extension and Outreach appointments couple their scholarly work with delivery of evidence-based educational programs. Additional information about the department may be found at:

Summary of Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Provide outstanding leadership and administrative oversight, understand complex finance and budgetary information, handle sensitive personnel matters, and provide effective and responsible management of available resources;
  • Recruit, mentor and advance faculty and staff through the steps of appointment, reappointment, promotion and tenure, and support recognition appropriate to position and rank, thereby building a high quality and cohesive faculty;
  • Serve as a strong advocate for the unit, actively engaging faculty, alumni and donors; provide intentional and active leadership to initiatives and work collaboratively with external relations to maximize the visibility and the reputation of the unit;
  • Report annually to the Dean on the teaching, research and public service programs of the unit including assessments of the performance of faculty members in the department, giving special attention to quality in areas of assigned responsibilities in teaching, research and public service;
  • Build relationships with disciplinary professionals, agencies, and associations in the state, region, and nationally;
  • Communicate and work effectively and collegially with individuals on and off campus;
  • Build on existing strengths in the College and UGA including the ASPIRE Clinic, entrepreneurship, data literacy and communications skill development initiatives.
  • Foster innovation and entrepreneurship while building consensus for new initiatives and ideas;
  • Develop a collegial environment committed to inclusiveness, affirmative action, and diversity and foster an environment of shared governance; and
  • Appreciate and respect the various disciplines and missions of the College.

The Department Head reports directly to the Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences with annual reviews and third year administrative reviews informed by the faculty of the unit. The Department Head is a member of a College leadership team committed to the integration of the missions of research, instruction, and extension and outreach in a research land-grant institution.

The position is a nine-month academic year appointment with administrative and summer months’ salary supplement while serving as Department Head. Time allocation is 60-70% administration and 30-40% research or teaching, to be determined based on the interests and strengths of the candidate and fit with the needs of the unit at the time of hire.

Required Qualifications:

• All candidates must have an earned doctorate in Nutritional Sciences, Foods and Nutrition, or a related area.

• Internal candidates must be a full professor with tenure

• External candidates must be:

• either a full professor or an associate professor with five years of experience to qualify for appointment at the rank of full professor, and

• eligible for tenure upon appointment at the time of hire. To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must have been tenured at a prior institution and bring a demonstrably national reputation to UGA.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills, as evidenced by successful performance in: personnel management; budget and fiscal management; program planning, management, oversight and evaluation; and resource procurement including grants and contracts.

· Outstanding scholarly achievements and research productivity as well as a record of submitting and obtaining federally-funded grants.

· Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentoring.

· Involvement in pivotal networks in the discipline, such as The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by Wednesday, February 23, 2022; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current resume; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant).

All applicants must apply online at Please see the job posting at:

To request a descriptive Opportunity Profile for this position, provide a nomination, or seek additional information, please contact Lauren Nelson, Primary Consultant with the UGA Search Group, 706-542-7344 or Letters of recommendation or a simple nomination should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

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. As such, the University of Georgia is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.