Assistant Professor - Health and Wellness (60429)

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 30% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include conducting research and education programs focused on improving the health and wellness of families, youth, and communities. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. The candidate is expected to develop a high quality, externally funded research program focused on community health, behavioral health, the social determinants of health, chronic disease prevention and management, nutrition and health, or another closely related area. The faculty member will actively seek contract and grant funding to support their research program. The faculty member will be expected to engage in collaborative research and partnerships within the department, across the university, and external to the university. The faculty member will demonstrate the ability to establish a record of scientific publications and research dissemination at local, regional, and national conferences and community outreach events.

The faculty member will serve as a State Extension Specialist in Health and Wellness, with responsibilities to develop and disseminate, as well as provide leadership and statewide coordination for Extension programming in health and wellness, which could include programs related to chronic and/or acute disease, infectious disease, vaccine education, etc. The candidate is expected to facilitate linkages and coordination with county Extension family and consumer sciences faculty and provide them with evidence-based educational resources needed to improve their communities’ overall health and wellness. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their Extension program.

The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation, and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and are encouraged to guest lecture in courses and seminars.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences has 30 faculty located on the Gainesville campus. The interdisciplinary FYCS academic program has an undergraduate major with enrollment of more than 300 students. The department has a total of 50 graduate students enrolled in the FYCS master’s degree program and the Ph.D. program in Youth Development and Family Sciences. The unit’s sponsored research and Extension activities have generated in excess of $20 million over the course of the past year. The Department’s mission is to enhance lifelong learning and the personal, social, economic, and environmental well-being of diverse individuals, families, and communities through state-of-the-art Extension, research, and teaching programs. The department encompasses programs in prevention science; youth development; human development; family science; consumer economics and resource management; community development and sustainability; and human nutrition education, food safety, and health. The department engages in collaborative working relationships with several other colleges at the University of Florida, as well as with Florida A&M, Florida State University, and other public and private universities and agencies in the state.


A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in health education and behavior, public health, health sciences, nutrition education, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates also must have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


Postdoctoral experience is desirable. A record of research scholarship in refereed publications is highly desirable.

This position has been re-posted. Previous applicants are under consideration and are not required to re-apply.

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 18 April 2021. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 60429

Karla P. Shelnutt, PhD, RD

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences

3028 McCarty Hall D

Gainesville, FL 32611

Telephone: 352.273.3535

Facsimile: 352.392.8196

Electronic Mail:

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in this position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals that will be willing to provide a letter of recommendation.
    • Unofficial transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) .

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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