Posted: Sep 22, 2020

Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor for Human Nutrition

Salary: Negotiable
Application Deadline: Oct 23, 2020

Job Summary:

The Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor for Human Nutrition at West Virginia State University (WVSU) is responsible for leading, coordinating, and evaluating educational programs and products related to human nutrition. The position will be split between the Extension Service (75%) and the Agricultural and Environmental Research Station (25%).                        

Working in collaboration with the WVSU Research and Public Service Administration, the Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor will provide visionary and contemporary leadership for the development of high-impact extension and research programs in the areas of active lifestyle, nutrition, and health promotion. The Extension Specialist will also assist WVSU Extension personnel in identifying the most efficient and effective means to deliver timely, research-based information and programs to our diverse clientele and stakeholders. The position will address issues of obesity, nutrition deficiency and food insecurity, among others, and will oversee the WVSU EFNEP program.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Curriculum and Program Development
  • Research
  • Technical Assistance
  • Fiscal
  • Other Responsibilities as Assigned

Description of Duties

Curriculum and Program Development

  • Plan, develop, implement, and assess educational programs, curriculums, and products including the WVSU EFNEP program.
  • Give major emphasis to coordinating the efforts of interdisciplinary teams addressing major issues facing the Nutrition and Health Education interests in West Virginia (including issues that cross program areas).
  • Keep abreast of scientific and applied research on areas pertinent to your field of work.
  • Identify and design research projects to promote improved programs for the citizenry of West Virginia. This position will work closely with the food scientist and other research and extension professionals in investigating links among food, nutrition and health in the Appalachian region and providing solutions to these conditions associated with our target populations.
  • Work collaboratively with other Extension Specialists, faculty and staff to provide leadership for interdisciplinary programs. This includes programs with West Virginia University Extension Service and other university partners as well as external agency and organizational partners.


  • Develop a nationally recognized applied extension and research program focusing on nutrition and obesity-related health risks, especially in minority populations, in West Virginia and the Appalachian region.  
  • Create an a five-year Evans-Allen plan of work and have it approved through both the Director of Extension and the Associate Dean, and the Dean of Land-grant Programs and Research Director.

Technical Assistance

  • Organize, participate in, and evaluate community-based training and meetings.
  • Provide technical assistance to other Extension staff in areas of expertise.
  • Provide consultation, technical assistance, and education to a diverse audience of stakeholders.
  • Emphasize the application of best practices on prevention of childhood obesity via engaging with communities and developing linkages, communicating and collaborating with institutions of higher education, agencies and representatives of federal, regional, state and local levels.


  • Proactively seek and identify appropriate extramural funding for programs and applied research.
  • Direct and coordinate individual budgets for the position inclusive of monitoring of grant funds obtained and expended and meeting any requisite reporting requirements.
  • Collaborate with WVSU Extension personnel, as well as local, state, and federal agencies, in order to expanded program resources.

Other Responsibilities as Assigned

  • Conduct activities to foster a positive public image of West Virginia State University Extension, the West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation, and West Virginia State University, an 1890 Land-Grant Institution.
  • Share leadership in Extension's commitment to employ from and program for the diversity represented in West Virginia's population.
  • Assist other state agencies, such as WV Dept. Ag, in providing guidance for developing programing and delivering workshops.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities                                       

This position currently supervises two Extension Associates responsible for delivery of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP).


The candidate must have effective oral and written communication skills, a sense of vision and creativity, fiscal management and research development experience, the ability and willingness to work collaboratively, a desire to build administrative and interdisciplinary relationships, a record of writing and securing research and outreach grants, and demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate student research.

Education and/or Experience                                                 

PhD (preferred) or a Master's degree in human ecology, nutrition, health promotion, dietetics, or closely related field is required. Registered Dietitian (R.D.) registration and/or Certification as a Diabetes Educator is required. The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills and experience in working with diverse clientele and organizations.   

Other Qualifications

Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary for committee meetings and other work-related events and activities and travel to attend state, regional and national meetings as appropriate.

Certificates and Licenses Required

Valid WV driver’s license required.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations with appropriate documentation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

How To Apply:

Search Committee Chair, Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor for Human Nutrition

West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation,

201 ACEOP Administration Building, P.O. Box 1000, Institute, WV 25112.