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Professor and Department Head, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Colorado State University
Colorado, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 1, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nutrition
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition seeks a Department Head to fill a vacancy due to retirement. Applicants for this position will have a proven track record of innovative research, effective teaching and mentorship, meaningful service, inspiring leadership, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills, high ethical standards, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion who can elevate FSHN to the next level of national and international recognition.

Description of Work Unit:

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition has 32 faculty and adjunct members and 23 research associates and administrative staff, ~600 undergraduate students and offers undergraduate degrees in Nutrition and Food Science, Hospitality Management, and Fermentation Science and Technology. The department also offers MS and PhD degrees in Nutrition Science, Community Nutrition, and Food Science and Safety and currently has ~75 graduate students. Department research is supported by federal grants from the NIH, USDA, foundations, industry and two endowments that support a faculty chair and the Lillian Fountain-Smith Nutrition Conference hosted by the department. Research has focused on childhood obesity, community nutrition among limited resource audiences, molecular and metabolic nutrition targeted at chronic disease prevention, functional foods, bioactive food components, and food safety. The department’s Extension faculty are responsible for numerous creative, high impact educational and engagement programs throughout the state, including EFNEP. A MPH program focus area in Public Health Nutrition within the School of Public Health provides new collaborative opportunities. The department offers an accredited B.S. dietetics program and an M.S. coordinated dietetic internship program. With the overall growth in the department, faculty and student diversity has increased. The department especially encourages those to apply who are eager to teach, conduct research, and advise in an environment committed to diversity.

The Department is housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences, which is comprised of 8 academic units: the Departments of Construction Management, Design and Merchandising, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Health and Exercise Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Occupational Therapy, and the Schools of Education and Social Work. Total undergraduate and graduate enrollment is over 5,000 students, with 125 tenure-track and 60 full-time non-tenure track faculty members. Several of the College’s academic programs are nationally recognized or ranked, including the Didactic Program in Dietetics Management and the Coordinated Master’s Program in Dietetics. The College of Health and Human Sciences houses 20 different Institutes, Centers, Special Units, and Extension offices, designed to provide a broad range of research and outreach activities that support social, economic and community development in Colorado, the nation, and the world.

University and City
Colorado State University, a Carnegie Doctoral Research I University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and dedicated faculty, staff and students. CSU is located 60 miles north of Denver in the city of Fort Collins, which is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with outstanding views of both foothills and 14,000-foot peaks. CSU enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in Fort Collins, with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. Fort Collins is an active community. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports help promote health and well-being in CSU students, faculty, and staff. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort Collins residents enjoy pleasant weather year-round. Indoor and outdoor activities are enjoyable in every season. Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents the very best of Colorado with top award rankings from Forbes for “Best Place for Business/Careers,” Gallup’s Well Being Index for “Healthiest Mid-Size City in America,” CBS’s Moneywatch List of “Top 10 Best Places to Retire,” and Outside Magazine’s “Best Towns in America,” among other select recognitions:

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Colorado State University seeks engaged, innovative, visionary, high-energy leaders to apply for the position of Professor and Department Head of Food Science and Human Nutrition. We are seeking applicants with a proven track record of academic leadership, innovative research, effective teaching and mentorship, meaningful service, and effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills. Successful candidates will have demonstrated high ethical standards, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and are expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. Additionally, successful candidates should be responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students within the Department and have a strong commitment to working collectively to elevate the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition to the next level of national and international recognition.

Areas of responsibility will include:

  • Leadership within the Department, including development of a shared vision and strategic plan; transparent communication and advocacy within and outside the Department; build and support capacity that will advance education, research, and outreach; stressing the importance of and identifying effective approaches for faculty, staff and student retention, engagement, and satisfaction; encouraging professional development for faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows;
  • Fiscal Management, including effective and equitable stewardship of resources and budget prioritization; responsible budget management and development of strategic approaches for resource/budget growth including entrepreneurial activities;
  • Personnel Management, including clear expectations of job duties and performance metrics; development of equitable, high standards in teaching, research and outreach for tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty; development of and involvement in faculty and staff mentorship; commitment to a positive work environment and conflict resolution;
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including avoidance of unintended bias; supporting and promoting a diversity-focused hiring process; commitment to equity when setting salaries, merit, recognition and workloads; adherence to CSU’s principles of community (
  • Research and Scholarship, including cultivation of an exceptional and interactive intellectual and research climate; develop strategies to promote and support procurement of external funding; maintain active involvement in research and scholarly activities.
  • Teaching, including involvement in the Department’s teaching mission by occasionally teaching courses, providing guest lectures, and giving career advice to students.

The Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition position in the College of Health and Human Sciences is a 12-month, full-time faculty position. The successful applicant will have a strong work ethic, a willingness to serve in a broad variety of roles as needed, and be dedicated to the mission of the Department, College, and University.

Position Supervises 50 faculty and staff

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate in Food Science and/or Human Nutrition or a related field (e.g. Public Health, Exercise Science, Physiology, Fermentation Science, Hospitality Management);
  • Academic credentials commensurate with a faculty appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure;
  • Demonstrated record of extramurally funded research;
  • Demonstrated record of teaching and mentoring excellence;
  • Demonstrated record of administrative, personnel management, and leadership experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as demonstrated by experience with program development, participation in programs or professional development focused on diversity, equity and/or inclusion, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes assessment.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as department head, associate dean, or academic program director;
  • Demonstrated commitment to maximize faculty, staff, and student professional growth and potential;
  • Experience leading the tenure and promotion process;
  • Experience with program assessment or accreditation/re-accreditation processes;
  • Demonstrated record of effective fundraising and donor relation experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate open and collaborative relationships within and external to (e.g industry partners) the unit;
  • Experience with, or strong familiarity of, Extension in relation to a land-grant institution(s).



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