Instructor/Assistant Professor and Director of Foods Lab and Wellness Kitchen (9-mo-NTT)

Alabama, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 20, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The School of Public Health at Samford University invites applicants interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of Instructor/Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, beginning August 2021. Duties for this 9-month, non-tenure-track position include a 3-3 (fall, spring) teaching load in Foods and Nutrition (courses are 4 credits each).

The selected candidate will also serve as Director of Foods Lab and Wellness Kitchen. Duties related to the Director of Foods Lab and Wellness Kitchen include coordinating and teaching nutrition and cooking classes to community members and students in the evening hours (

Qualified candidates will hold a Master’s degree in human nutrition, nutrition science, nutrition and food science or a closely related field from an institutionally accredited university, and Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialing. Prior undergraduate teaching experience is preferred. The candidate will be required to teach a variety of culinary foods courses, experimental foods and food service management at the undergraduate and graduate levels; advise and mentor students; participate in curriculum and program development and in professional, university, and community service. The selected candidate will have excellent leadership abilities, interpersonal relationship skills, effective organizational and communication skills. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and colleagues is expected. The candidate must be willing to embrace the vision of the department and school, and the college’s focus on inter-professional education.

The College of Health Sciences is an innovative initiative for Samford University. The College includes four schools: Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions, and School of Public Health. The College offers multiple degree programs and majors within the health sciences with a focus on inter-professional education that reflects today’s team approach to health care delivery and professional practice. College faculty have special opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, housed within the School of Public Health, offers two baccalaureate degree programs, in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Foods and Nutrition, and an online Master of Science in Nutrition and a post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship certificate program.

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Review of applications will begin on January 25, 2021 and applications will no longer be received after February 25, 2021. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if any), application for faculty position, faculty applicant Christian mission statement, and the names of three professional references with their contact information. Academic rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.  Assistant Professor rank requires candidate hold a terminal degree.  The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position. Samford University and the School of Health Professions embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.  


Please submit all materials in PDF format to:      

ATTN: Inst/Asst Nutrition-Dietetics

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:


and the “Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at:


For questions about the position contact: 

Suresh Mathews, PhD, MPhil, MSc, FACN, FICS    

Professor & Chair, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).