Saturday, December 3, 2016

Assistant Professor Childhood Foods & Nutrition - University of Illinois

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor of School/Childhood Foods and Nutrition - Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (F1600143)
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Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois seeks an expert in school/childhood foods and nutrition to fill a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure track-faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will contribute to the FSHN Department’s core areas of integrated food, nutrition and health; food safety and security; and food materials science and engineering by pursuing discoveries in the psychosocial, environmental, educational, and technical aspects of school/childhood foods and nutrition programs, policies and practices, including food production, service, and management. The individual will develop an integrated program that evaluates a safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable food supply in the school environment, setting the stage in childhood for life-long eating patterns and health outcomes. Disparities in school food systems as related to vulnerable children may be explored.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on school/childhood foods and nutrition. Focus will be on applied sciences and extension of research findings. The successful candidate will teach in related areas, such as undergraduate-level community nutrition or a new course in foods systems, food service leadership, or food/nutrition policy and regulation and graduate-level food systems management or food policy development and implementation, as examples. Service-learning courses are likely, along with partnerships with school food service organizations and school systems. This position will involve research, teaching and service obligations.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in the food and nutrition sciences or related discipline. Evidence of professional promise and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Cross-training and postdoctoral training in nutritional sciences, food science and/or technology, hospitality management, and/or childhood development; ability to secure extramural funding; a strong publication record; ability to mentor students; experience in college-level teaching; and engagement in professional associations are desired.

PROPOSED START DATE AND LOCATION: August 16, 2017; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create your candidate profile and upload all required materials at