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Assistant/Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics (12-Mo-TT)

Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience.
Date posted
Jan 22, 2024

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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/Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. This tenure-track faculty position is a 12-month appointment and will begin in Fall 2024. The major responsibilities of the position are to teach undergraduate and graduate didactic courses and engage in scholarship and service. Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to: assisting with program assessment, accreditation standards and reports, curriculum development and assessment, and student mentoring.

Qualified candidates will hold either a doctoral degree in Nutrition or related area from an institutionally accredited university or be an ABD (ABD will be eligible for Assistant Professor rank only) candidate who will have their doctoral degree in hand by August 1, 2024. 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. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and colleagues is expected. To qualify for the rank of associate professor, a successful candidate will have at least 6 years of previous academic experience in higher education with a demonstrated record of scholarship, teaching, and service.

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 2022-23, this initiative offered 15 hands-on culinary classes on Food is Medicine, and two full week-long teen cooking camps in the summer, serving over 200 participants.

The College of Health Sciences includes four schools: School of Public Health, Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and School of Health Professions. 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.

Samford University ( is a leading nationally ranked Christian University.  Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.  It is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Homewood, with 425 full-time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 22 countries. Samford is ranked #10 in the U.S. for the quality of career preparation provided to its students according to a newly published ranking, “The Top U.S. Colleges for Career and Learning-Related Opportunities,” in The Wall Street Journal. 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. 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.

Applications will be accepted until February 29, 2024. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita with names and contact information of three professional 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 shown below). Academic rank and salary are 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.

Please submit all materials in PDF format to: 

ATTN: Asst/Assoc 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: 

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

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

In accordance with applicable federal and state laws, such as Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments, the University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, religion, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law applicable to the University, in its education policies, programs, and activities, in its admissions policies, in employment policies and practices, and all other areas of the University. As a faith-based institution, the University is exempted from certain laws and regulations concerning discrimination.




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