FSHN accepting applications for Academic Specialist-Teacher

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 12-month, fixed-term Academic Specialist-Teacher with a 100% teaching assignment.


Academic Specialist-Teacher – Nutrition, Food, and Health Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University

Position description: The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 12-month, fixed-term Academic Specialist-Teacher with a 100% teaching assignment with annual reappointment available, contingent on satisfactory evaluated performance. The position start date is anticipated to be August 1st, 2022.

This position includes an expectation to serve as course director for, and/or co-teach, courses in- person including nutrient metabolism at the undergraduate and graduate level; a senior-level, laboratory-based nutrition and food course using state-of-the-art nutrition and food science research methods; and freshman-level service course(s). This specialist will play a key role in developing and implementing new courses and will serve as a mentor for undergraduate student professional development. The specialist will also provide instruction and supervision of graduate teaching assistants. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in scholarship of teaching and learning at the national and international levels to enhance our undergraduate and graduate programs. The candidate will also be expected to engage in teaching service, such as curriculum committee membership and student organization leadership.

Required qualifications: The successful candidate must hold a Doctoral degree or equivalent in Human Nutrition or closely related field. The individual must demonstrate a firm commitment to undergraduate teaching and to expanding and innovating undergraduate programs in nutrition and food science. The candidate must also demonstrate significant laboratory experience in a variety of nutrition-based technologies.

Desired qualifications: The candidate should have core expertise in nutrition but would also be teaching at the interface of nutrition and food science. Food science expertise in addition to nutrition is highly desired.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is part of the leading Land Grant University, Michigan State University. FSHN has strong programs in food and health and is committed to linking food, the environment, and human health. Its highly collaborative and productive faculty provide a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion.

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water and the environment. MSU enjoys a park‐like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of >500,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at https://worklife.msu.edu/dual-career. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at http://worklife.msu.edu/ .

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is  committed  to  achieving  excellence  by  creating  and  sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values  cultural  and  academic  diversity.  We  are  an  equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view FSHN norms at https://www.canr.msu.edu/fshn/about .

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. MSU offers a generous benefits package (details at https://hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html).

To Apply: For consideration, submit your application online at http://careers.msu.edu to job number 765650. Details - Specialist - Teacher-Fixed Term (msu.edu). Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position and a philosophy highlighting how your experiences align with the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your experience and alignment with our desired qualifications (2‐page maximum); d) a description of how you will contribute to our diversity, equity and inclusion goals; and e) contact information for three professional references.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of Applications: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 1st and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Jenifer Fenton, PhD MPH, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA, imigjeni@msu.edu, 517-353-3342.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

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