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The Human Nutrition Program in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University (OSU) is pleased to announce a multi-year, transdisciplinary strategic investment focused on Precision Nutrition for Health Equity. In the first year of this cluster hire initiative, we invite applications for 3 tenure-track faculty and 1 clinical-track faculty to complement and extend our expertise in basic sciences through applied sciences across the field of nutrition and dietetics, and closely aligned Colleges and Centers, at the intersection of health.
Our vision includes international leadership to prevent and treat diet-related health disorders, especially in areas related to race, inclusion and social equity. A focus of this initiative is cardiometabolic disorders and certain cancers that are related to obesity as well as other nutrition-related disorders that differentially impact vulnerable populations and/or underserved racial, ethnic, and impoverished communities. Other areas of scholarship related to nutrition and health disparities are welcome and will be given full consideration (e.g., maternal/childhood nutrition, gut health, food safety, nutrition education) if opportunity exists for transdisciplinary collaborations under the theme of this initiative. We seek specialization in the use of contemporary biomolecular, bioanalytical, psychosocial, and/or educational tools and approaches to understand inter-individual physiological responses across a wide array of nutrition and health management interventions.
This initiative is supported by the Human Nutrition Program in the Department of Human Sciences, and with partnership from OSU’s Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE) program, the Department of Radiation Oncology in the College of Medicine, and the Department of Extension in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. We invite applicants with a demonstrated record of and/or strong potential for excellence in research and instruction that can advance an understanding of health disparities that are attributed to diet/nutrition and inadequate health management. Broad expertise is sought to advance this initiative at OSU to include health disparities, clinical trials, implementation science, population/epidemiological studies, basic science investigations in preclinical or cellular model systems and other related topics and methods. At least two tenure-track faculty hires in Year 1 of this initiative are anticipated to have expertise in biomolecular, bioanalytical, advanced bioinformatics, and/or multi-omics technologies to advance the basic sciences of nutrition and health discovery. Appropriate laboratory/research space and competitive start-up packages are available commensurate to the scholarly portfolio of each successful candidate.
HUMAN NUTRITION: The Human Nutrition Program graduate degree programs are the Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition, Master of Science in Human Nutrition, and Masters in Dietetics and Nutrition and bachelor’s degree programs Human Nutrition, Dietetics as well as Human Nutrition, Nutrition in Industry and Human Nutrition, Nutrition Sciences and Health Promotion, Nutrition and Exercise Science. The Human Nutrition program offers a minor in Human Nutrition as well as a stand-alone dietetic internship program for individuals who hold a masters or doctorate degree. The program is composed of an internationally recognized faculty with active research agendas. The home of the Human Nutrition is based in Campbell Hall, which is actively undergoing a major renovation exceeding $60 million to transform it into an aspirational community space with state-of-the art teaching and research infrastructure.
MASTERS IN DIETETICS AND NUTRITION: The Master’s in Dietetics and Nutrition (MDN) program unites dietetics and nutrition experts from the Department of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology and the Medical Dietetics program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Medicine. This two-year accredited program seamlessly integrates didactic coursework with supervised practice experience into one advanced degree program with graduates being eligible for the national registration exam for registered dietitian nutritionists. The program integrates interprofessional education simulation and standardized patient simulation using the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center. Faculty have developed clinical research collaborations with the Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN ECOLOGY: The College of Education and Human Ecology is one of the best places to learn and embrace the human experience. We are known for developing Ohio's best educators, researchers, policymakers, exercise scientists, biomedical nutrition researchers, dietitians, financial advisors, event coordinators and other experts who improve society. The US News and World Report college ranking is 18th among 376 public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in education. The college ranks No. 10 among public universities.
DEPARTMENT OF EXTENSION: The Department of Extension is a unit in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. It brings the knowledge of the university directly to Ohioans to fulfill the land-grant mission of OSU. OSU Extension interprets knowledge and research developed by Extension and other faculty and staff throughout the university, including the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, to provide Ohioans evidence-based information, sensible solutions, and resources to better their lives, businesses, and communities. The Extension network is the world’s largest non-formal educational system. Hallmark of OSU Extension is programming delivered by professionals to address the needs of the local community while addressing state, national, and global issues in four major areas: family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. The Extension Family and Consumer Science (FCS) program area provides education and services focused on healthy people, healthy finances, and healthy relationships to facilitate opportunities for Ohioans to explore how science-based knowledge can improve physical, social, and financial health. FCS faculty and staff include 12 state-level specialists, 46 county-based Extension Educators, and over 130 community nutrition staff that serve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: The OSU College of Medicine is nationally ranked by US News & World Reports for its leadership in research and being among the most diverse medical schools in the country. It also houses the Department of Radiation Oncology, a partnering unit in this initiative. It is recognized for offering the most advanced, cutting-edge treatments for cancer patients through state-of-the-art technologies; paradigm-shifting clinical, translational, and basic research; and unparalleled expertise with our internationally-acclaimed team of physicians — a unique combination that results in the best personalized care for cancer patients. Our leadership also extends to the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, which is one of only 50 designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The OSUCCC – James is the only cancer program in the US that features a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center aligned with a nationally ranked academic medical center and a freestanding cancer hospital on the campus of one of the nation’s largest public universities.
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY: OSU is one of America's largest and most comprehensive public universities, with over 63,000 students. OSU is further recognized as a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, OSU has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio. Home to Buckeye football, the stadium attracts over 105,000 enthusiastic fans on fall Saturdays.
COLUMBUS, OHIO: Columbus is the capital of Ohio and 14th largest city in the nation with a population that nears 1 million persons. This culturally vibrant city is a thriving cosmopolitan hub that has a real passion for OSU. A recent Gallup survey ranked Columbus the nation’s second strongest metro area for job creation, with research and technology institutions taking the lead. The city’s corporate base and higher-education system draw people to it.
The university is a center of innovation surrounded by diverse and livable urban, suburban, and rural communities. OSU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.
OSU is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff for employment and promotion to ensure the highest quality workforce, to reflect human diversity and to improve opportunities for minorities and women. The university embraces human diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and eliminating discrimination. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status—defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status—is prohibited.
Review of applications will begin Jan 3, 2023 and will continue until each position is filled. For confidential inquiries, please contact Richard Bruno, PhD, RD, Search Committee Chair and Professor and Chair of the Human Nutrition Program (Bruno.firstname.lastname@example.org; 614.292.5522).
The following application materials are to be submitted as a single PDF:
Submission of electronic applications is required. Please submit materials to https://hr.osu.edu/careers/ by searching for the below position number associated with the position title:
· Professor or Associate Professor of Nutrition (R62011)
· Assistant Professor of Nutrition (R62148)
· Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Extension (R39852)
· Clinical-Track Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice (R32360)