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(posted 11.22.2021) 

Western Carolina University
College of Health and Human Sciences
School of Health Sciences
Nutrition & Dietetics Program 

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics Job Description
9-month position 

The School of Health Sciences invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track assistant professor in the Nutrition & Dietetics Program with expertise and practice in clinical nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, and metabolism. Responsibilities of the position include: teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, general education nutrition courses, and other courses that support the Nutrition and Dietetics curriculum; advise and mentor students in collaboration with the Advising Center; provide meaningful service to the university, profession, and community; and have a well-defined scholarly/research agenda. 

We are seeking a team-oriented faculty member to work collaboratively with faculty within the Nutrition & Dietetics Program, School of Health Sciences, and College of Health and Human Sciences. The Nutrition & Dietetics program is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students. Salary and rank are commensurate with academic qualifications and experience. Opportunities for summer teaching with an additional summer stipend are available. Review of applications will begin in November and continue until the position is filled. Start date is August 1, 2022. 

The Nutrition & Dietetics program is housed in the School of Health Sciences and consists of an ACEND-accredited DPD program which works collaboratively with the post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship program. The DPD program is a 120-hour undergraduate program accredited by ACEND. Highlights of the programs include student organizations, community engagement, and undergraduate research. The DI Program is included in a 22-month Master of Health Sciences (MHS)- Nutrition concentration program which begins each Fall semester, also accredited by ACEND. The Nutrition & Dietetics program is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students. For more information visit: or 

The School of Health Sciences offers undergraduate programs in Athletic Training (through 2022), Emergency Medical Care, Environmental Health, Integrated Health Sciences, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Recreational Therapy. Graduate programs include the Master of Science in Athletic Training and the Master of Health Sciences. The MHS program offers concentrations in Emergency Medical Care, Health Education, Health Management, and Nutrition & Dietetics. Additional programs within the College of Health and Human Sciences include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Social Work. A collaborative environment conducive to interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and service exists within the School and College of Health and Human Sciences. More information on the school can be found on the website: and information on the college can be found on the website: . 

Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university consisting of over 12,000 students with its main campus located in Cullowhee, NC. The county and surrounding areas provide residents a high quality of life with its proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community, and mild year-around temperatures. The Nutrition & Dietetics program is housed in a 160,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences Building. The College of Health and Human Sciences’ faculty are committed to creating and implementing a program of inter-professional experiences for students enrolled in the health professions, and opportunities for inter-professional research and collaboration is extensive. In addition, the Western North Carolina rural, aging and medically underserved location provides numerous and rich opportunities for service, research and grant acquisition. 

Western Carolina University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. In addition, Western Carolina University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in nutrition or related field from a regionally accredited institution (ABD candidates considered with degree conferral by August 2022)
  • At least one year professional clinical practice experience
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential
  • Teaching experience in academic settings
  • A scholarly activity and/or research agenda, as defined by the Boyer model

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with ACEND accreditation
  • Three years professional clinical practice experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to student engagement and success
  • Demonstrated success with student mentoring
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Evidence of service to the profession and/or community
  • Reports To: Director, School of Health Sciences 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the vision and mission of the Nutrition & Dietetics Program, along with the School, College, and University.
  • Develop and deliver courses within the Nutrition & Dietetics Program.
  • Mentor and advise students in collaboration with the Advising Center with regard to academic progress and professional development.
  • Provide service to the university, profession, and community.
  • Maintain currency in the academic discipline through continuing education, research, and/or participation in activities within the profession, including involvement within professional organizations at the state, district and national levels.
  • Work cooperatively and collegially with all faculty and staff in the Nutrition & Dietetics Program, School of Health Sciences, and across the institution.
  • Carry out other assignments and duties as assigned by the Nutrition & Dietetics Program Director, Director of the School of Health Sciences, and Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Submission Materials:
Cover letter
List a minimum of 3 references
One-page statement of teaching philosophy
One-page statement of research/scholarly agenda
Unofficial transcripts
Copy of credentials and certifications 

Additional Information:
Contact Dr. Elizabeth Wall-Bassett at [email protected]