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Director of the Ethel Austin Martin Endowed Chair in Nutrition

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nutrition
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of the Ethel Austin Martin Endowed Chair in Nutrition



South Dakota State University invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Director of the Ethel Austin Martin Endowed Chair in Nutrition. 


SDSU seeks an accomplished and nationally renowned researcher to lead the Ethel Austin Martin research enterprise in human nutrition and expand the effort beyond its current scope into a center of excellence. The Ethel Austin Martin Endowed Chair in Nutrition leads and directs the Ethel Austin Martin Program in Nutrition through a broad vision of nutrition and translation of vision into creative and innovative interdisciplinary research and education. The EAM Endowed chair is a 12-month position reporting to the Vice President of Research and is funded by a substantial endowment which has grown steadily over its 27-year history.


The Chair will lead the Ethel Austin Martin Program in Human Nutrition and provide leadership in cutting-edge research which will develop into the establishment of a university-level center in human nutrition.  Additionally, the Chair will be responsible for creating a vision for engaging interdisciplinary researchers from inside and outside the university in collaborative research and education which will advance the field of human nutrition.


A major responsibility of the Chair will be to generate substantial extramural support for human nutrition research in support of the university’s goal to become a major research university deserving of recognition as an R1 institution.  By leveraging support funds from the Ethel Austin Martin Program endowment with competitive grant funds, the Chair will develop plans for a center of excellence in human nutrition which will be interdisciplinary and collaborative.  The Chair will recruit, supervise, and provide professional development for researchers, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff for the Ethel Austin Martin Program in Human Nutrition.


As the center for excellence is developed, the Chair will lead the research team in the center and be the individual responsible for setting the research direction and goals for the center and its recruited personnel.  Research and administration will be the primary duties of the Chair who will be on a 12-month appointment, reporting directly to the Vice President of Research.  Although not a requirement of the position, the Chair will have the option of securing a tenured appointment in an appropriate academic department.


A complete leadership profile may be found here:



For full consideration, applications should be received by April 8, 2024.


Candidates should provide the following:

  • Letter of interest addressing the experience and qualifications identified in the profile.
  • A curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Five professional references with email addresses and phone numbers provided (references will not be contacted without prior permission from the applicant).


Applications should be in PDF format and submitted through the AGB Search portal at: SDSU-Ethel Austin Martin Endowed Chair in Nutrition 


Nominations and expressions of interest may be submitted to:


AGB Search is assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective applicants may contact the executive search consultants for additional information:


Laura Woodworth-Ney, Ph.D. - Principal / 208-589-8896


Jerome A. “Jerry” Gilbert, Ph.D. - Executive Search Consultant / 662-769-1021 


SDSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all benefits, services, and educational and employment opportunities. This includes discrimination on the basis of sex in admission to or employment in SDSU’s education programs or activities.



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