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Assistant Professor of Practice- Nutrition
Simmons University

Date Posted Jul. 8, 2020
Title Assistant Professor of Practice- Nutrition
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Health Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

The Department of Nutrition in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at Simmons University is seeking a full time (10 month), contract professor position that will assist in our undergraduate and graduate nutrition programs as well as general education courses. The Nutrition Department offers ACEND accredited programs consisting of an undergraduate BS in nutrition and dietetics, a post-baccalaureate Didactic Program in Dietetics Certificate, and a dietetic internship program. We also offer an undergraduate major in nutrition and wellness, as well as a Master's of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion, and a Certificate in Sports Nutrition.

Primary Responsibilities
The primary position responsibilities include teaching a variety of nutrition classes in a well-established Nutrition Program which values experiential learning, learner-centered educational strategies and strong teaching skills. The faculty member is expected to teach and advise at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as supervise graduate assistant(s) and coordinate thesis research projects and writing. Potential courses may include basic nutrition, nutrition-related general education courses, nutrient metabolism, clinical dietetics, and Nutrition Program Planning and Evaluation, , and other courses associated with didactic undergraduate or graduate curriculum. The faculty member is also expected to participate as a team member in curriculum development and maintenance and in program, department, college and university service activities.

Required Qualifications
  • A doctoral degree in nutrition or related field with completion by July 31, 2020 is preferred (Degree must be from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university). An MS in Nutrition or related field with at least 5-7 years experience will also be considered.
  • A registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and maintenance of the RDN credential.
  • Experience in teaching courses at the College level.
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience
  • Evidence of organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others within the university community
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with multi-cultural populations

Historical Context

In 1899, Ellen Swallow Richards, the founder of the American Home Economics Association, participated in the establishment of the School of Housekeeping of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. The School was subsequently transferred, in 1902, to Simmons where it became one of the four original units of the College. The School of Household Economics, as it was known then, was the forerunner of the current Department of Nutrition.

Ellen Swallow Richards was only the first of a number of Simmons women who served their profession and professional societies well. Two other Simmons faculty served as presidents of the American Home Economics Association: Sarah Louise Arnold in 1915 and Alice Blood in 1922. In the time of Dr. Blood's tenure, Marjorie Hulsizer Copher graduated from the College and went on to be decorated for her service in WWI; today we remember her as the namesake of Academy's Copher Award. Four ADA presidents have come from Simmons as well: three form the faculty (Quindara Oliver Dodge, 1933; Beulah Becker Marble, 1939; and Margaret L. Ross, 1963) and one graduate (Mary Abbott Hess, 1990, Simmons '64). In addition, the first dietitian in the Air Force (Miriam Perry Goll, '30) and a Copher Award winner (Ruby Winslow Linn, '32) were Simmons women. The younger generation, the graduates and faculty of the last four decades, contribute to their profession and their professional society in a continuing tradition of service.

The University is situated on the corner of The Fenway and Avenue Louis Pasteur in Boston. Located literally next door to the world-famous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, it is less than a five-minute walk to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It is also less than a ten-minute walk from the Harvard University Schools of Public Health and Medicine (and Harvard's attendant medical library, the Countway Library); the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Joslin Diabetes Center. In addition, the Massachusetts General Hospital, Mt. Auburn Hospital, New England Medical Center and Boston Medical Center Hospital, and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center is accessible in a short time via public transportation. There are five supervised practice programs (including one at Simmons) in the city of Boston. There are also graduate programs, both MS and Ph.D. curricula, at Simmons, Boston, Harvard and Tufts Universities.

Simmons University is in an enviable position, because its students and faculty have a wealth of resources available for learning experiences beyond the College. In addition, the local institutions have a pool of potential part-time employees in the form of nutrition undergraduates, dietetic internship and graduate faculties are able to select students from a population group coming from a known local institution; and employers of entry-level practitioners have opportunities to choose dietitians who are locally educated and, more often than not, experienced at local work sites. The happy circumstance of Simmons' location has served the Programs in Nutrition well over its 100-year history.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1,000 word statement of teaching philosophy, official transcripts and contact information for three professional references

Application Deadline: The position is available August 15, 2020 and will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by July 24, 2020

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" 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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