Posted: Sep 22, 2022

Head of the Department of Nutrition

University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
Salary: Monthly
Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2022

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville seeks a visionary, strategically-oriented individual to serve as professor and head of the Department of Nutrition. The department head is responsible for leadership of all departmental programs and administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resources, and facilities. The department head reports directly to the dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The head serves as a member of the college’s Administrative Council. The department has three broad areas of expertise in nutrition, which include biomedical nutrition science, dietetics, and community and public health. The departmental mission is to promote an understanding and practice of the science of nutrition for the enhancement of the physiological and social well-being of individuals, families, and communities, primarily through research and education, and to achieve academic excellence as a leading research and graduate program that prepares professionals to assume leadership roles in nutritional sciences, dietetics, and public health nutrition. More information can be found at 

The successful candidate will provide leadership during a time of significant change and growth within the department and, accordingly, must have ideas about how to grow enrollment, to increase external research funding, and to deepen commitment to community impact. The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the translational nature of the field of nutrition, from basic and applied science to public health and policy perspectives, and will embrace the opportunities and the challenges inherent in the dialectical tensions between the goals of an R1 and land-grant institution. Further, the University of Tennessee Knoxville is seeking leaders who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department and beyond.  

Required Qualifications: Doctoral degree in nutrition or related field; previously earned tenure in a higher education institution; must qualify for the rank of professor in the department; extensive record of external funding in research/scholarship and scholarship; effective communication skills; demonstrated leadership skills; demonstrated experience in fiscal management; and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

Desired Qualifications: Experience with national program accreditation processes; experience with strategic planning; history of external funding in scholarship as a principal investigator or director; values and has the capability to mentor faculty in all aspects of externally funded scholarship.  

Submit letter of application addressing the required and desired qualifications; curriculum vita; and the names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references in a single electronic (PDF) to Samantha Childress ([email protected]). Application review will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. If you have questions about the position, you can contact the search committee chair, Dr. Kristina Gordon, at [email protected] 

 All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.