Assistant/Associate Professor (non-tenure track) - Department of Nutrition

The Department of Nutrition in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (https://case.edu/medicine/nutrition) invites applications for a full time, 12 month, non-tenure track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Candidates must hold a doctorate in nutrition, public health nutrition, or related health field, with preference given to credentials of registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), or registration eligible. The ideal candidate is a Ph.D., R.D. with teaching experience, peer-reviewed articles, and a research/funding track record at the early or mid-career level. The Department is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in any of the following areas: food and nutrition policy, food systems (urban, US and/or global), food insecurity and disparities, nutritional and anthropometric assessment, or pediatrics/maternal nutrition.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, as well as other healthcare professionals, representing about 70% of their time, with an average course load of four courses per year (typically two each semester).  Responsibilities include: advising/mentoring students, committee participation, involvement in wellness/health promotion programming and contributing to continued development of the CWRU Nutrition Department and School of Medicine. Experience in or capacity for course development in innovative spaces is highly desired. The successful candidate is also expected to pursue an active research agenda leading to publications in quality refereed journals through independent research and/or collaborations with other faculty. Research mentoring and support will be available to pursue research initiatives. Obtaining external funding is encouraged and can result in course load reductions. Service to the profession through contributions at the local, state, and national level will be expected. 

Rank will be determined based on qualifications:

•    Assistant level should provide a record of scholarly activity, the potential to advance in the field of research, and have some university level teaching experience and publications in refereed journals;
•    Associate level should have more than five years of work experience in this field, achieved a record of publications in refereed journals, demonstrated teaching excellence, assumed leadership roles in professional organizations, and have a national reputation.

Secondary appointments in other departments within the University may be arranged. Salary and benefits are excellent and salary commensurate with experience.   

The Department is highly interdisciplinary with 24 faculty members in nutrition, public and community health, metabolism, basic and translational biomedical sciences, with research ranging from molecular nutrition to clinical and community intervention studies to dissemination and implementation science. Eight faculty members are RDNs. The Department has a strong undergraduate program and several master’s level programs: nutrition and public health nutrition both offered with and without dietetic internships, general nutrition, dual degrees (MS/MPH), and systems biology and bioinformatics. The department also leads a highly subscribed “Wellness Pathway” within the medical school curriculum focused on lifestyle and culinary medicine and has an established PhD program in nutrition as well as systems biology and bioinformatics and is expanding its doctoral program in community and applied nutrition.

Cleveland offers a rich and supportive environment for unique student experiential learning and community-based research opportunities. The individual will be encouraged to engage with colleagues at academic and research centers across campus, including the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Swetland Center for Environmental Health, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and the Center for Community Health Integration, to name just a few. These centers have well-established partnerships with community organizations across the city, region and state, including pre-schools and secondary education schools, neighborhood clinics, emergency food programs, workplace wellness, churches, and neighborhood leadership groups.

Case Western Reserve University and its associated hospitals (University Hospitals, including Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and MacDonald Women’s Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center) also provide a rich environment for experiential learning and clinical and population health research, through large research collaboratives such as the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and with support and resources available through the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC, http://casemed.case.edu/ctsc/).  

Interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter, CV, summary of teaching and mentoring experiences, a statement of research plans, a commitment to diversity statement and the names of 3 references. The candidate’s diversity statement should address how their teaching/research/service contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field. Candidates may also/additionally indicate how they have promoted structural justice for institutions of higher learning. Please send these materials in one PDF to Catherine McManus, PhD, RDN, Chair of Search Committee, Director of Nutrition Curriculum & Education, Department of Nutrition, CWRU, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106-4988 or email to nutrition@case.edu. Review of applications will begin on 8/15/21 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date will be a mutually agreed upon date.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to advancing an inclusive community in which everyone is welcome, respected, valued and heard. Along with colleagues across the university, our faculty, staff and students are engaged in continued and meaningful dialogue about issues of systemic racism, and we are determined to implement direct measures to end discriminatory practices on our campus and enhance our contributions to the communities around us.

As our society grapples with the history, legacy and persistence of entrenched racism and its impact on communities of color, we reaffirm our mission to expand opportunities for underrepresented groups; provide a multifaceted education for our students; foster a culture of diversity, pluralism and recognition of individual difference; and realize our ideals within the university and in the larger world.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.