| 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 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. Additional attributes include strong evidence of professional leadership, organizational abilities, personnel management skills, respect for intercultural inclusiveness, and a record of professional service. The Chair is responsible for oversight of the Dietetics accreditation and Food Science certification processes. |
As a premier Land Grant University, MSU has strong research programs committed to linking food, water, the environment, animal health, and human health to sustaining future generations. MSU serves as the nation’s pioneer land-grant university. It 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, excellence in teaching, international engagement, and strong Extension programs that partners with diverse stakeholders to bring science-based responses to food, energy 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 state capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU 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 http://miwin.msu.edu/. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at http://worklife.msu.edu/.
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 campus and with collaborating institutions nationally and globally. See the following link for more information: http://www.fshn.msu.edu.
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/.
Application Process: Please submit the following: (1) letter of intent demonstrating qualifications, leadership experience as well as excellence in mentoring, interpersonal and communication skills; (2) a current curriculum vita; (3) a brief statement of your goals and vision for the department; (4) a statement of your commitment to diversity and inclusion, including specific examples of your focus in this area from previous experience and your future plans to foster diversity and inclusion in the department; and (5) names and contact information of four professional references. These items should be sent to: MSU Applicant Page, posting number 4788 – https://jobs.msu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=69769.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and professional experience. Michigan State University provides its faculty and academic staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the best in academia. Among the most important are a retirement program, and health, prescription drug, dental, and life insurance coverages (http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/)
Screening of candidates will begin on February 27, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. A target start date for the appointment is August 1, 2017, or another mutually agreeable start date negotiated with the successful candidate. Finalists will be asked to present their goals and vision to department faculty and interested stakeholders. For more information, please contact Dr. Darrell W. Donahue, Search Committee Chair at: email@example.com. Applications will be considered until a candidate is selected.