Job Summary: The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking a leader committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion to provide a vision for excellence in discovery, learning and engagement in the broad areas of Food Science, Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. The Chairperson will lead departmental efforts associated with teaching, research, extension, and service. Responsibilities include promoting the academic success of students; shared administration of undergraduate and graduate programs; recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation of successful faculty; management of budget and departmental resources; planning, assessment and reporting; and interaction with internal and external constituencies. The Chairperson will collaborate with faculty, administrators and other units to facilitate the development of innovative, interdisciplinary programs to meet the needs of students, extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders. The Department Chairperson will be expected to provide both the vision and the operational management to enable the Department to advance and grow in all mission areas. As the lead academic officer for the Department, he/she reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). The CANR's tripartite mission can be found at: http://www.canr.msu.edu/about_canr/canr_mission_and_values/.The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is a vibrant and academically diverse community consisting of three undergraduate majors and two graduate programs. The Department has approximately 600 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. The Department's vision is to provide an environment in which individual faculty, staff, and students flourish collectively in pursuit of academic excellence. Its Mission is to assure the effective development of people through creation and dissemination of relevant food and nutrition knowledge targeted at societal needs. Research, teaching and extension obligations of the department are met by 46 full-time tenure-system and fixed-term faculty members and jointly-appointed faculty members in a variety of departments. The faculty and staff are active in research to solve contemporary issues in food production, quality and safety, as well as nutrient function and applications to health and chronic disease prevention and treatment and/or rehabilitation. The department is committed to excellence and the application of knowledge and expertise in classrooms, laboratories and communities. The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition has a strong interest in promoting interdisciplinary research across the campusand with collaborating institutions nationally and globally. See the following link for more information: http://www.fshn.msu.edu.
Minimum Requirements: The Department Chairperson (Chair) must have earned a doctorate in Food Science, Nutrition, or a closely related field; and will possess a distinguished record of professional accomplishment in teaching, research, and/or Extension commensurate with an appointment as a tenured Professor. The Chair is responsible for oversight of the Dietetics accreditation and Food Science certification processes. Additional attributes include strong evidence of professional leadership, organizational abilities, personnel management skills, respect for intercultural inclusiveness, and a record of professional service.
Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empow...er. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.