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Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (9-Mo-TT)

Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Mar 2, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nutrition
Employment Level
Tenured/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 Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, beginning August 2023. This full-time, tenure-track, 9-month position carries a three-courses-per-semester Fall/Spring teaching load.

Qualified candidates will hold an earned doctorate in Nutrition or related area from an institutionally accredited university or be a highly qualified ABD who will have their doctoral degree in hand by December 31, 2023. Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialing is preferred, but not required. The candidate will be required to teach nutrition and dietetics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels; advise and mentor students; engage in scholarly activity; participate in curriculum and program development, and participate in service to the university, profession, and community. The successful candidate will have a commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and colleagues. The department also seeks to foster the active research agenda of early-career scholars. Support for travel to national meetings is available.

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, has 6 full-time faculty, several long-term adjunct faculty and educators, and approximately 45 undergraduate majors, 45 minors, and 25 graduate students. The Samford Wellness Kitchen is a culinary medicine-focused teaching kitchen initiative of the Department. In 2022, this initiative offered 18 classes on Food is Medicine, and a week-long teen cooking camp in the summer, which served nearly 200 participants.

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.

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 and has 430 full time faculty and more than 5,600 students representing 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 18 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability, and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranks Samford 1st 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 seeks and prefers employee applicants of the Christian faith and offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Review of applications will begin on March 5th and applications will be accepted until April 15th, 2023. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita with names and contact information of three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, description of research interests and activities, along with an application for faculty position, and faculty applicant Christian mission statement (links below). Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. 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 Public Health 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: Asst Prof 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 the Search Committee Chair: 

Dr. Keith Pearson, PhD, RD, LD, Asst. Professor and MS Program Director

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).


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