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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Department of Nutrition
Simmons University

Date Posted Jul. 16, 2021
Title Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Department of Nutrition
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and of challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to focus on preparing women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women-centered undergraduate program, with graduate programs open to all. Nutrition related education dates back to one of the original schools of Simmons, that being the School of Home Economics. Once the focus became nutrition, Simmons Nutrition offered a traditional 4-year BS in Nutrition. Today, Simmons Department of Nutrition offers several Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited programs to prepare students to become registered dietitians. These include a traditional 4-year BS program in Nutrition and Dietetics, a post-baccalaureate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), an MS-DPD, a dietetic internship (DI) program and an MS-DI. We also offer a stand-alone MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a 4+1 BS to MS, as well as a Certificate in Sports Nutrition.

The Nutrition Department is housed in the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences (CNBHS). CNBHS is a collegial and supportive community of teachers and scholars within a uniquely multidisciplinary college. Simmons faculty and staff are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University strives for inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience: One of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. As a University committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Slated for the summer of 2022, our new state of the art science center will house the nutrition department along with all the natural and behavioral sciences. There will be a new Food Science lab as well as lab space for nutrition faculty interested in conducting basic lab research; this new space will open up opportunities for research collaborations between nutrition and biology, exercise science and chemistry.

Job Summary: The Department of Nutrition in the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences at Simmons University is seeking a full time (10-month), tenure track assistant professor position that will assist in our undergraduate and graduate nutrition programs. The Nutrition Department offers a ACEND accredited programs including undergraduate BS in nutrition and dietetics or nutrition and wellness, a post-baccalaureate Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate, and a post-graduate dietetic internship as well as a Master's of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion. It also offers both an on the ground and online MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a graduate Certificate in Sports Nutrition. As a mission-driven institution, we invite applications from candidates who share our passion and commitment to empowering students to thrive in their careers.

Teaching Responsibilities
One of the primary position responsibilities of this position is teaching. The faculty member will be required to teach a variety of nutrition courses (undergraduate and graduate) in a well-established Nutrition Program which values experiential learning, learner-centered educational strategies and strong teaching skills. Potential courses may include basic nutrition, community nutrition, nutrient metabolism, food science, courses in our graduate certificate in sports nutrition, food service management, and other courses associated with didactic curriculum. This position has a teaching load of six courses per year. However, junior tenure track faculty receive course release time to focus on scholarship during the first five years which will be planned in conjunction with the department chair.

Scholarly Responsibilities

The faculty member is expected to conduct and publish research and participate in other scholarly activities including serving as an advisor on MS research projects; this includes overseeing implementation, analysis, and writing the manuscript on the research.

Service Responsibilities

The faculty member will be expected to advise students both at the undergraduate and undergraduate level. The faculty member is also expected to supervise graduate assistant(s) and participate as a team member in curriculum development and maintenance and in program, department, college and university service activities.

Required Qualifications
  • Applicants should have a PhD in Nutrition, Dietetics or related field, or a PhD expected to be completed by the time of the appointment. (Degree must be from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university)
  • Demonstrated experience in scholarship that includes original research, publications, or participation in other scholarly activities
  • Experience teaching courses (undergraduate and/or graduate)
  • Candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives are sought; Simmons is committed to attracting, supporting, and retaining a diverse faculty
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others within the university community
  • An active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (preferred)
  • A registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and maintenance of the RDN credential (preferred)
  • Minimum of 2 years professional experience (preferred)

Required Application Materials:

Interested candidates should submit the following electronically with their application: (1) a cover letter including key qualifications for the position and relevant interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy including a list of courses the candidate can excel in teaching, and (4) the contact information for at least three professional references.

Application Deadline: The position is available January 2022 and will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by August 23, 2021.

For further information, please contact Nutrition Department Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras, at

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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