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  • Assistant/Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition
    Food Science and Nutrition
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    The Food Science and Nutrition Department in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, is seeking [b]two (2)[/b] full-time, academic year, tenure‐track Assistant or Associate Professors to start as early as January 2023 or September 2023. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Candidates must have a strong interest in and commitment to teaching and working with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Their primary teaching contribution will be in medical nutrition therapy / clinical nutrition; other teaching responsibilities will be in undergraduate and graduate courses that may include, but are not limited to nutrition education, nutrition counseling, and additional nutrition courses as needed by the department. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, and effective communication and interpersonal skills. In addition, candidates should be able to provide opportunities for learn by doing experiences and undergraduate research. The incumbent will be expected to participate in the Master of Science in Nutrition program, supervise graduate students, team-teach, and teach graduate-level and online courses. Candidates will be considered in the context of their interest and potential to contribute to the Food Science and Nutrition Department's Mission and Program Educational Outcomes.

    The incumbents will be expected to conduct research related to medical nutrition therapy, clinical nutrition, or other relevant themes. They will be expected to develop a research program, obtain external funding, publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, present research at conferences, and supervise/mentor graduate students. Assigned time (25% reduction in teaching assignment) will be provided during the first two years of the appointment towards class preparation and development of research/scholarly activities. The University and the San Luis Obispo region offer many opportunities for research, including potential collaborations with Cal Poly researchers, the Cal Poly Center for Health Research, local healthcare organizations, and other entities. Cal Poly's focus is on undergraduate teaching with an expectation of engaging in research and scholarly activities and service. The incumbents will be expected to contribute to department, college, and university service activities. They will also participate in service to the undergraduate and graduate programs, e.g., curriculum planning, development, and assessment, and active involvement in the MS Nutrition Graduate Group. Expectations also include service to professional organizations. The ability to be a collaborative team player and to interact well with peers, students, industries, government agencies, and the public is essential.

    At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


    - Earned doctorate in Human Nutrition or closely related field

    - RD/RDN credential

    - Clinical nutrition experience as an RD/RDN

    - Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to and evidence of quality, student-centered learning and teaching

    - Evidence of successful academic research, external funding, and/or publication history (or potential to develop a research program)

    - Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings

    - Excellent written and oral communication skills

    - Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

    - Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required.

    - Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.


    - At least 1 year experience as a clinical dietitian in an inpatient setting

    - University-level teaching experience in MNT or clinical nutrition

    - Recent (past 10 years) experience in clinical positions providing patient care

    - Post-doctoral research experience in research related to clinical and/or medical nutrition

    Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.

    [b]HOW TO APPLY[/b]

    Please go to, Requisition #516326, to view the full job description, requirements, and how to apply.

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