The Department of Human Sciences at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) invites applications from qualified candidates for a 9-month tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Food Science and Nutrition beginning in Spring or Fall 2024.
The Department of Human Sciences is one of three departments and the School of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences, and the Food Science and Nutrition (FSN) program is one of four undergraduate programs in the department. Both the undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and the MS in Dietetics programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The department and FSCN programs are housed in the historic three-story Margaret Lea Houston Building. The program occupies the second floor, which includes food labs and a new state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. A new nutrition assessment lab for instruction and student and faculty research is located in a second campus building.
The duties and responsibilities of this position include teaching and maintaining a research agenda in nutrition, food service management systems, food safety, food science, and/or dietetics, mentoring students, performing university and professional service, and contributing to ongoing program evaluation and improvement. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in nutrition, food service management systems, food safety, and dietetics. Online teaching experience is desirable.
There are multiple options for places to live near our campuses. The city of Huntsville is nestled in the East Texas Piney Woods and is centrally located on a direct route between Houston and Dallas. With a population of roughly 40,000 (excluding SHSU), Huntsville offers the simplicity of small-town life and easy access to surrounding larger cities including Conroe, The Woodlands, and Bryan/College Station. Full of Texas history and charm, this county seat is home to multiple museums, annual festivities, antique stores, year-round outdoor activities, vineyards, golf courses, lakes, and a beautiful state park. In a little over an hour after leaving the main campus, you can arrive in downtown Houston. It provides access to large entertainment venues and art museums. If you prefer life on the water, Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston are a short commute, and Galveston Island and the Gulf Coast are a two-hour drive.
Earned Doctorate in Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Science, or closely related discipline from an accredited institution (with at least 18 graduate hours of coursework in nutrition). ABD is considered but must have the degree conferred by the time of the appointment.
A demonstrated record of teaching in nutrition and dietetics, food service management systems, food safety, and/or food science, scholarship, and service commensurate with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the college level.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POSITION
Experience in the use of technology in instruction and experience with distance/online education is preferred. Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration is preferred. Demonstrated experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students with scholarship/research projects preferred.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS SUMMARY
Interested candidates should submit the following required documents:
Cover letter detailing the candidate’s interest in the position, teaching experience, research agenda, involvement in service at the community, departmental, university, state, or national level, and experience and commitment to working with various populations; it is also recommended that a candidate address any experiences related to the preferred criteria listed in the position description.
Curriculum vitae with. Please include your CDR number in your vita if applicable.
Names and contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will start January or August 2024.
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.