Posted: May 6, 2022
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Director and Professor, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Full-time
Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: May 2, 2022
Academic/Research

Location: School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Knapp Hall, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Overview: The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and LSU College of Agriculture seeks outstanding applicants for the Director of the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences (https://www.lsu.edu/departments/nfs/).

The nationally and internationally recognized School seeks a dynamic leader with a clear vision for the future and an aptitude for cultivating a shared vision among teams. The School Director is an administrative position responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision for the School, in alignment with priorities of the LSU AgCenter, LSU College of Agriculture, and LSU System. The Director will lead a diverse group of talented, multidisciplinary faculty and staff in fulfilling the research, teaching, and extension missions of a Research I, land-grant university. The School Director is a tenured 12-month fiscal year appointment with joint responsibilities between the LSU Agricultural Center (AgCenter) and the LSU A&M College of Agriculture.

The Director's primary duty is to provide leadership for faculty, staff, and students who strive for excellence in research, teaching, and extension programs for the School Nutrition and Food Sciences.

The Director also provides leadership in:

  • Administration of scholarly programs
  • Mentoring of faculty, staff, and students for professional growth and advancement
  • Oversight and administration of curricula
  • Supporting extension programs
  • Recruitment of new faculty and students
  • Serving as a liaison with other campuses and organizations including state, national, and international academic, private, and governmental institutions

The Director will also be responsible for facilitating collaboration within and across faculties, and for the effective management of fiscal, human, and physical resources in support of these strategies. The Director evaluates the performance of faculty and staff and facilitates working relationships with regional, parish, and research station offices and other departments within the LSU AgCenter. The Director serves as a catalyst for extramural funding and collaborations with industry stakeholders and interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty from other campuses and departments within the LSU system.

This is a joint position between the LSU A&M campus and the LSU AgCenter campus with the primary appointment being with the LSU AgCenter. The LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture are dedicated to diversity and inclusion in programs and employment. The School Director's responsibilities are performed in a manner that is non-discriminatory based on race, creed, color, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, or veteran status. The Director reports to the Vice President for Agriculture through the AgCenter Program Leader for Nutrition and Food Sciences and the LSU College of Agriculture Executive Associate Dean.

School Information: The School of Nutrition and Food Sciences currently has 23 faculty members, 10 research, extension, teaching associates, and 5 administrative support staff members. There are approximately 234 undergraduate students and 59 graduate students. The School offers an undergraduate degree program in Nutrition and Food Sciences with areas of concentration in Dietetics (ACEND accredited); Nutritional Sciences/Premed; Nutrition, Health and Society; and Food Science and Technology/Premed.The M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Nutrition and Food Sciences offer areas of concentration in Food and Bioprocessing Systems, Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition, and Molecular Nutrition. In the spirit of the land-grant university system, the School offers students unique opportunities to gain valuable experience by working with our diverse research faculty on projects covering a broad range of nutrition and food science topics. Our extension faculty, with specializations in consumer/ producer food safety, community nutrition, health and well-being, work with parish agents to deliver science-based information to Louisiana citizens. The LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture maintain state of the art research facilities, and our faculty have access to extensive infrastructure and collaborative opportunities within the School and across campuses. The school also collaborates with LSU AgCenter Food Innovation Institute (FOODii) which is a business incubator that specializes in developing emerging food ventures and providing technical services to existing and emerging companies

The LSU AgCenter is one of nine Louisiana State University System campuses and has offices in all 64 parishes (counties) of the state. The LSU AgCenter provides the people of Louisiana with research-based educational information designed to improve their lives and economic well-being. The LSU College of Agriculture serves Louisiana and communities across the globe by striving to enhance the lives of others, steward our land and its natural resources, and create sustainable solutions for the problems we face.

Qualification Requirements: The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in food science, nutritional sciences, or other closely related fields. A record of scholarly achievement in research, teaching, and/or extension is required. Excellence in verbal and written communication; demonstrated ability to communicate with colleagues, clientele, and the public is needed. Applicants must qualify for the rank of full professor with tenure in the School. Land-grant university experience is preferred. The candidate should have demonstrated knowledge of national, state, and alternative funding sources. The person must be skilled in managing diverse faculty, working with branch research stations, and communicating with stakeholders, alumni, and students. Preferred qualifications include previous administrative experience and expertise in working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and stakeholders.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort, and length of employment.

Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin on May 2, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply online at https://LSU.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching a file containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, a diversity statement, and a statement of administrative philosophy. Questions about the online system should be directed to the HRM Office at [email protected]. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) For more information, contact:

Dr. Gina E. Eubanks
Chair, Search Committee
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
102 Efferson Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-4161
Email: [email protected]

The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.