Division of Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change
Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
Faculty Position: All Ranks
Division Chair Position (Option): Associate or Full Professor Rank
Tenure-Track or Tenured Appointments
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (http://nutrition.tufts.edu) at Tufts University seeks to hire two tenure-track or tenured faculty to join one of our largest and most successful units, the Division of Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change (NICBC).
NICBC is one of five divisions at the Friedman School that serve to organize our faculty and educational programs. The NICBC Division offers a rigorous, cutting-edge education and research program that prepares a diverse population of MS and PhD students for careers that focus on addressing the pressing nutrition, health, and equity challenges facing our communities and society at large. Students in NICBC receive training in nutrition science; nutrition policy and economics; study design and analysis; and communications, interventions, and behavior change. Merging study in these areas provides a unique interdisciplinary approach to translating and applying the current evidence into actionable, scalable interventions.
Candidates must possess a relevant doctoral degree, with a track record of applying disciplinary expertise to food and nutrition interventions. Successful candidates may have a background in the health sciences (e.g., nutrition, dietetics, public health, medicine, epidemiology, clinical psychology), social sciences (e.g., sociology, economics, political science, social psychology, health communication), systems sciences, or related professions (e.g., public policy, business, or law).
Candidates should have a record of independent research and publications. Candidates at the associate or full professor rank should have a vigorous externally funded research program, and candidates at the assistant professor rank should demonstrate promise to develop such a program. Areas of scholarship may include, for example, systems interventions in institutions (e.g., schools, worksites, healthcare), implementation science or study design focused on the individual and the multiple levels in which they live (e.g., family, community, culture), nutrition and health communications technology, and the study of complex structural factors driving inequities in nutrition and health.
Successful candidates will be expected to teach 2-3 graduate level courses per year, advise and mentor diverse students at the masters and doctoral levels, and engage in university and professional service.
Qualified candidates at the ranks of associate professor or professor may be considered for the position of division chair. The chair will lead the division while pursuing their own cutting-edge scholarship and mentoring, advising, and teaching as appropriate. In their chair role, the successful candidate should possess passion and enthusiasm to innovate in training future leaders, advancing high impact scholarship, and achieving large scale impact. Leadership duties will include faculty mentoring and development, curriculum strategy for their division, communication with division students, and participation in the admissions process, all in collaboration with and supported by the chairs of other school divisions, the Academic Dean, and the Dean for Research Strategy. Duties of the chair comprise 25% of the faculty member’s effort.
These are full-time, tenure-track or tenured, 12-month positions. Starting dates are negotiable. Salary, start-up package and benefits are highly competitive and will be commensurate with the successful candidates’ experience.
The Friedman School is one of the leading institutions in the world for scholarship and policy analysis in food and nutrition. Our mission is to create trusted science, educate future leaders, and have real impact that improves the nutritional well-being of all people worldwide. The School distinguishes itself by its breadth of scholarship, entrepreneurial spirt, and real-world translation. Across its five divisions, one school-wide center, and one university-wide institute, the School brings together diverse experts who are committed to work that equitably improves food systems. Our research, teaching and civic engagement spans U.S. and international work on biomedical nutrition and ‘omics, data sciences and epidemiology, child nutrition and health, local and national nutrition policy, nutrition assistance programs, international food aid and programming, hunger and humanitarian crises, global dietary transitions and corresponding disease burdens, food costs, and access to food among other topics.
The Friedman School’s interdisciplinary focus and integrative nature complement the intellectually rich environment across Tufts University, a “Research Class 1” university, top-25-ranked undergraduate institution, and member of the Association of American Universities. Home to seven graduate and professional schools across three campuses, Tufts University prides itself on its culture of cross-school partnerships. Located in downtown Boston on the Health Sciences Campus, Friedman School faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and external collaborations, as well as participation in the rich intellectual life of Boston and the wider Northeast U.S. region.
Questions about the position should be addressed to Professor Parke Wilde, search committee chair by email at Parke.Wilde@tufts.edu. Candidates should submit their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and objectives, and contact information for three references through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/115165. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; applications received by January 6, 2023, will receive full consideration.
The Friedman School is committed to the recruitment of a diverse, inclusive faculty, and thus, women, people of color, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
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