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Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice in Nutrition

Simmons University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nutrition
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Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice in Nutrition

Main Campus - Boston, MA

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and of challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to focus on preparing women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women-centered undergraduate program, with graduate programs open to all. Nutrition related education dates back to one of the original schools of Simmons, that being the School of Home Economics. Once the focus became nutrition, Simmons Nutrition offered a traditional 4-year BS in Nutrition. Today, Simmons Department of Nutrition offers several Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited programs to prepare students to become registered dietitians. These include a traditional 4-year BS program in Nutrition and Dietetics, a post-baccalaureate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), an MS461 is an elective which you didn't have to take.-DPD, a dietetic internship (DI) program and an MS-DI. We also offer a stand-alone MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a 4+1 BS to MS, as well as a Certificate in Sports Nutrition.

The Nutrition Department is housed in the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences (CNBHS). CNBHS is a collegial and supportive community of teachers and scholars within a uniquely multidisciplinary college. Simmons faculty and staff are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University strives for inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience: One of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. As a University committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Job Summary: The Department of Nutrition in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at Simmons University is seeking a full time (10 month), contract faculty position that will assist in our undergraduate and graduate nutrition programs as well as general education courses. The Nutrition Department offers a ACEND accredited programs including undergraduate BS in nutrition and dietetics or nutrition and wellness, a post-baccalaureate Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate, and a post-graduate dietetic internship as well as a Master's of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion. It also offers both an on the ground and online MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a graduate Certificate in Sports Nutrition. As a mission-driven institution, we invite applications from candidates who share our passion and commitment to empowering students to thrive in their careers.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary position responsibilities include teaching a variety of nutrition classes in a well-established Nutrition Program which values experiential learning, learner-centered educational strategies and strong teaching skills. The faculty member is expected to teach and advise at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as supervise graduate assistant(s) and coordinate thesis research projects and writing. Potential courses will include nutrition-related general education courses and other nutrition major or minor courses; these may include basic nutrition, food science, nutrient metabolism, clinical dietetics, and other courses associated with didactic undergraduate or graduate curriculum. The faculty member is also expected to participate as a team member in curriculum development and maintenance and in program, department, college and university service activities.

Required Qualifications
  • A doctoral degree in nutrition or related field with completion by December 31, 2021 is preferred (Degree must be from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university). An MS in Nutrition or related field with at least 5-7 years experience will also be considered.
  • A registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and maintenance of the RDN credential
  • An active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (preferred)
  • Candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives are sought; Simmons is committed to attracting, supporting, and retaining a diverse faculty
  • Experience in teaching courses at the college level.
  • Minimum of 2 years professional experience
  • Evidence of organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others within the university community

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should submit the following electronically with their application: (1) a cover letter including key qualifications for the position and relevant interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy including a list of courses the candidate can excel in teaching, and (4) the contact information for at least three professional references.

Application Deadline: The position is available Jan. 1, 2022 and will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, interested candidates should submit the following by September 30, 2021

For further information, please contact Nutrition Department Chair, Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras PhD RD, at

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.
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