Institution (Location)
University of Tennessee Knoxville (UT)
Start Date
August 1, 2023
Position Description

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) seeks applications from associate and full professors for a Full Professor position in the Department of Nutrition to lead a cluster hire that will strengthen our ability to address nutrition-related health inequities, particularly those experienced by our local communities. Faculty hired as part of this cluster will work closely with Cherokee Health Systems (CHS; cherokeehealth.com), a nationally known, federally qualified health center that is based in East Tennessee and participates as a Healthcare Provider Organization program partner in the NIH All of Us Research Program (allofus.nih.gov/). UT has recently established an organizational memorandum of understanding with CHS, and this cluster hire will assist in establishing collaborative research and academic programming between the two institutions. The candidate will also lead the effort to fill the two additional positions within the cluster, with one position based in the Department of Public Health and the other position based in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, to create a team within CEHHS whose work will target health inequities through a multi-level approach.

This 9-month, fulltime (1.0 FTE), position begins August 1, 2023. Starting salary is commensurate with experience, and granting of tenure upon appointment will be based on qualifications. UT has a competitive benefits package, and 9-month tenure-track faculty are eligible for summer salary. UT is Tennessee’s flagship land grant university and is currently in the midst of unprecedented growth in enrollment, with approximately 35,000 enrolled students. The University is also a Carnegie Foundation Research (R1) University with highest research activity and has achieved a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Forbes Magazine recently ranked UT as one of the best places to work in the US, including a ranking of ninth among public higher education institutions in the United States.

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

We seek an established and recognized scholar whose work targets the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases through enhancing dietary intake, particularly in children and their families who are low-resourced. The candidate should be able to provide leadership in the cluster hire and related initiatives, have familiarity with multi-level interventions, apply health-relevant theoretical frameworks in research, have strong quantitative or mixed methods research skills, be experienced with working with children and families who are low-resourced, and have expertise with interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful candidate will: (a) lead research programming that complements departmental, CEHHS, and CHS research initiatives; (b) participate in related collaborative research programs; (c) mentor faculty hired within CEHHS for the cluster hire initiative; (d) provide limited teaching in the Department of Nutrition’s educational programs; and (e) mentor MS/PhD students.

Candidates must have earned their doctorate in nutrition or a related public health, social, or behavioral science field. The candidate must have an extensive record of extramural funding, scholarly productivity, and successful mentoring. The successful candidate must meet the qualifications for being a full professor within the department. Candidates with demonstrated experience in productive interdisciplinary collaborations are preferred.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit electronically at https://apply.interfolio.com/113549 a letter of application, curriculum vita, and list of three references who can address the applicant’s leadership capabilities with complete addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Questions can be directed to Dr. Hollie Raynor, search committee chair, at [email protected]

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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