Assistant/Associate Professor, Food/Nutrition Insecurity- Dept. of Food Science & Human Nutrition
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Internal Number: 4699408
Assistant/Associate Professor, Food/Nutrition Insecurity
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois seeks to fill a position for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Food/ Nutrition Insecurity. This position is part of an initiative at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to contribute to the improvement of global human and environmental health via the food system. We intend to dramatically strengthen and expand our capacity in this arena through a seven-position cluster hire focused on Food and Agricultural Systems for Global Health. Faculty hired into these positions will lead college-wide efforts in food security and global health and participate in related campus priorities, including the Nutrition and Food Security theme of the campus strategic plan (https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/7831/601847), the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Illinois Extension, Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, Center for Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, among others.
The FSHN Department seeks an outstanding scholar who uses community nutrition, food & nutrition policy, public health and/or related approaches to alleviate consequences of food and nutrition insecurity on health and quality of life. We seek a scholar whose work impacts advancing social equity at the regional, national, and/or international level.
The selected candidate is expected to develop an integrated research-teaching program that addresses food and nutrition insecurity. Potential research topics may include, but are not limited to, developing community or population health interventions to address food and nutrition insecurity, addressing social determinants of health and other barriers to health equity, and prevention or treatment of noncommunicable diseases that are prevalent in food insecure populations. Researchers targeting populations at risk for nutrition insecurity, such as early childhood, elderly/healthy aging, and rural populations are also encouraged to apply. Research to advance the measurement of nutrition security or malnutrition (self- reported, biomarkers, clinical assessment, or via technological innovation) are also of interest.
The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on food and nutrition insecurity. Key discoveries will be translated into national and global health practices and food and nutrition policy changes. The successful candidate will teach food science and human nutrition courses relevant to their expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This position will involve research, teaching, and extension.
Candidates must have an earned doctorate in applied nutrition or closely related disciplines including but not limited to public health, epidemiology, community health, community development, food science, and biochemistry. Evidence of professional promise and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. Expertise in food and nutrition security as it relates to nutrition and health outcomes is required. The ability to collaborate with diverse audiences and contribute to advancing the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of the department and the University is required. A strong record of publication and extramural funding will be required for candidates applying for the Associate Professor level.
Postdoctoral training or equivalent professional experience; cross-training in relevant areas; ability to secure extramural funding; a strong publication record; ability to mentor students; experience in college-level teaching; and engagement in professional associations. Individuals holding an MPH and/or RDN are encouraged to apply.
Competitive salary with benefits and start-up package is commensurate with qualifications.
100% full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a 20% commitment to Extension.
Proposed Start Date and Location:
August 16, 2024; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 4, 2023. Applicants may be interviewed before December 4, 2023; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified and the position is filled. Individuals with diverse, underrepresented backgrounds are especially welcome to apply.
Interested applicants must submit:
A cover letter that details suitability for and interest in the position
Statement of previous research accomplishments and future research vision (2 pages or less)
Statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages or less)
Statement on commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (2 pages or less)*
Names and contact information for five (5) references.
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Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate a commitment to advancing these objectives and values. All applicants are required to submit a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion, which will be evaluated on the applicant's knowledge, record, and future contributions in this area. The Diversity Statement describes: your experience engaging with students of diverse backgrounds (e.g., students from underrepresented groups, first-generation college students, etc.) and/or fostering diverse perspectives; what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and how that is incorporated in your teaching, research and/or service; and how you would approach creating an inclusive learning environment in the classroom, laboratory and/or broader university community.
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