Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
College of Health and Human Services
The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University (Mason) seeks an energetic and visionary leader to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. A Carnegie Research I institution, Mason is the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia with more than 36,000 students from 50 states and over 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, offering easy access to the cultural, scientific, and political resources of the nation’s capital. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Department, College and University
The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies is one of 6 departments that comprise the College of Health and Human Services. A new and growing Department, its academic programs include an MS in Nutrition and graduate certificates in Food Security and Nutrition and is considering a BS in Nutrition. Faculty research involves translational and laboratory science studies as well as clinical trials. Faculty and student research spans a variety of interests including body composition and energy expenditure determination, food composition, dietary intake analysis, community nutrition (including sports nutrition) and food sustainability.
The College of Health and Human Services and Department of Nutrition and Food Studies moved to a new state of the art building (Peterson Family Health Science Hall), featuring an expansive array of research spaces, interactive classrooms, and administrative offices. The Department’s new and expanded space includes a suite of offices, conferences rooms and specialized laboratory and classroom facilities that support its teaching and research mission. Unique among these are a state-of-the-art interactive kitchen (where students learn cooking and other food preparation activities), wet labs and a Nutrition Assessment Lab with metabolic cart and diagnostic technology for comprehensive body composition analysis.
Expectations and Responsibilities:
The Department Chair position will be filled by a tenured professor with a 12-month appointment. The chair will provide visionary leadership for the department’s academic, research and service mission, while managing fiscal resources. The chair is responsible for faculty recruitment, promoting mentorship of early and mid-career faculty, facilitating professional development of all faculty and staff, strengthening the graduate academic enterprise, and promoting the department to various constituent groups in concert with the strategic goals of the College and University. The chair is expected to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills who will serve as a strong advocate for the department and will engage in transparent decision-making while nurturing a culture of consensus and collaboration.
Qualified candidates will have an earned doctoral degree in nutrition or a closely related science or discipline, evidence of academic teaching and expertise in curriculum development and program evaluation as well as a track record of scholarly publications in high impact, refereed journals. Qualified candidates will also have a history of extramurally-funded research and progressive leadership experience.
Experience that illustrates a commitment to innovative student education, academic mentorship and an ability to foster a diverse, collegial and respectful environment, with excellent communication skills are desired.
Mason has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich the university’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
George Mason University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff. Underrepresented candidates including women and minorities are particularly encouraged to submit their candidacy.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must apply for position number F7432Z using https://jobs.gmu.edu.
Applications will include: (1) cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2 )a vision and leadership statement for a Department of Nutrition and Food Studies in an R1 academic institution (attach as other document); (3) a teaching philosophy statement; (4) summary of research accomplishments; (5) explanation of commitment and/or contributions to diversity in the field or most recent position (attach as other document); (6) curriculum vitae; and (7) contact information for three references (For each reference, include title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number). References will only be contacted for semi-finalists invited for campus visits.
The initial review of applications will begin on April 30, 2018, and continues, thereafter, until the position is filled. Only complete electronic applications submitted using jobs.gmu.edu will be reviewed. An offer of employment is contingent upon background verification.
For questions about the posted position, search process and/or University, please contact the Search Committee Chair: Dr. PJ Maddox at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 703-993-1982.