Posted: Jan 13, 2021

Assistant/Associate Professor - General Nutrition

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture - Little Rock, AR
Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2021

Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees.  The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture.  The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.  As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. 

The Assistant/Associate Professor - General Nutrition is a non-tenure track faculty member of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service who provides educational leadership in an area of assigned program responsibility. The position collects, evaluates, interprets, & develops subject matter information for dissemination through the Extension delivery system. The position provides support to field faculty & serves as a recognized reference source for the organization in the area of expertise.

This is a benefits-eligible position with competitive leave plan and voluntary benefits available. For more information on our benefits, email [email protected]

Job Duties
Provides leadership for statewide programs in human nutrition. Collaborates with others to determine content, priorities and emphasis for human nutrition programming. Supports planning activities with leaders and clientele groups, extension faculty, county extension councils and nutrition committees and councils. Identifies areas in human nutrition that could be impacted by Extension programming efforts for the benefit of the citizens of Arkansas. Locates, adapts and/or develops curricula and related support materials for county use.

Provides/recommends nutrition curricula to county faculty and assists with program implementation as appropriate. Delivers programs upon request throughout the state. Seeks feedback and input from agents on client needs and curricular content. Evaluates program outcomes and/or impacts in concert with agents whenever possible. Communicates program results through required reports.

Establishes and enhances mutual support among individuals, groups and organizations that have human nutrition-related responsibilities, resources and/or audiences. Coordinates with statewide organizations and agencies in developing nutrition education programs of mutual interest. Builds partnerships with agents, government, agencies, businesses, outreach partners and organizations to create, strengthen or extend educational programs. Serves on external boards and committees as appropriate to enhance networking and partnerships that enhance nutrition programming. Works with colleagues in other states and UA campus faculty to develop relevant programming. Works to exert initiative and influence within the organization and across the state and region in area of expertise.

Maintains technical competence with respect to developments in human nutrition and serves as a source of up-to-date information about nutrition trends and research findings for Extension personnel. Pursues professional development regarding methodology of delivering and managing Extension nutrition education programs.

Seeks grants and resources to develop and enhance nutrition education programs. Participates in grant-funded projects led by colleagues as appropriate. Manages related accounts, grants, and resources in compliance with policy guidelines.

Conducts and supports educational activities using direct and/or indirect contact methods to teach or assist extension personnel. Responds to internal requests in a timely manner. Provides research updates to county faculty as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications
An earned Doctorate in Nutrition, Health, Family & Consumer Sciences or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications: It is preferred that the candidate be a Registered Dietitian.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to obtain & interpret research information. Ability to anticipate changing trends in assigned discipline area & develop programs to address those changes. Knowledge of the principles & techniques of adult education. Knowledge of the program planning process. Ability to work effectively with a variety of professional & lay audiences. Ability to communicate & convey ideas effectively to faculty, stakeholder groups, & clientele. Knowledge of social, economic, political & cultural factors affecting adult & youth learning. Physical & mental ability to effectively perform the duties & responsibilities of the job, including long & irregular hours of work & frequent in-state & out-of-state travel.

Required Documents to Apply: Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Resume

Special Instructions for the Applicant:For consideration, applicants must upload a Resume, Cover letter, Transcript, and three (3) Letters of Recommendation. If you have technical issues uploading a document or if you would like to provide additional documentation after submitting your application, contact Human Resources at [email protected]

Recruitment Contact Information:All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site   Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment.  The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check.  Required checks are identified in the position listing.  A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position.  Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation.  The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity.  As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.