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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Practice - Nutrition

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
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Apr 28, 2024

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Practice - Nutrition

Open Rank Professor of Practice (Non-Tenure Track)

College of Human Ecology

Cornell University


The Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) at Cornell University is searching for a non-tenure track Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Practice (12-month position). The new faculty member will join a team of talented, passionate professionals committed to the vision of preparing the next generation of leaders. The successful candidate will contribute to shaping the Division’s undergraduate program as we strive to increase and diversify the set of engaged and experiential learning opportunities for our students. Cornell University is committed to engaged learning and research; the Division’s emphasis on the translation of nutrition evidence to policies and programs includes existing and well-developed domestic and international partnerships. As part of our innovative program, the Professor of Practice will draw on their professional experience to build new partnerships, create new experiential learning opportunities (ELOs), and develop new pedagogical courses to support experiential learning. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty in the Division to maintain a creative array of engaged learning partnerships and opportunities for students across all the Division’s majors.


Start date: July 2024 or as negotiated.


Rank: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Practice (non-tenure track); 12-month appointment; 3–5-year term, with the possibility of renewal; not a remote or online position.


Salary and Benefits: Competitive, commensurate with background and experience.


Responsibilities: This position has 50% teaching and 50% program development in the first 3 years. After successful building of experiential and engaged programming, responsibilities in teaching may expand pursuant to evaluation by the Division Director, the college, and the incumbent. The teaching responsibilities will be at the Cornell Ithaca campus and the teaching commitment is comparable to two classes per semester and one summer session course.


Teaching: Instruction will include: 1) teaching in existing classes, including classes that support pre- and post-experiential/engaged activities; 2) collaborating with the Director and the faculty to develop, deliver, and manage additional course offerings that advance our strategic priorities in engaged learning; 3) advising 25-30 undergraduate students each year.


Experiential Learning and Partnership Development: We seek a committed individual who will work collaboratively with the faculty to define rigorous experiential programming that complements the academic content of our three majors, with careful ongoing evaluation of outcomes and ongoing improvement in programming as a key goal. The Professor of Practice will provide intellectual and operational leadership for Division, applied and community-based learning initiatives and will serve as a liaison for external partner initiatives. The faculty member will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships that support programming, often in partnership with other faculty in DNS, and will liaise with other campus programs and the Office of Global Learning. To ensure success in building programs that are responsive to our students, that leverage existing partnerships, and that advance DNS strategic priorities, a review of programmatic needs will occur regularly. The Professor of Practice will work collaboratively with the DNS Student Services team members who provide administrative and student-centered support for experiential learning.




The successful candidate will contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching and engaged learning. The ideal candidate is passionate about teaching and student development and has significant practical experience in public health programs and/or food and nutrition policy. A background and Ph.D. in nutritional sciences, epidemiology, public health, biomedical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, or a related field is required.



  • Experience with teaching in higher education, and evidence of a thoughtful and effective approach to incorporating novel pedagogies and creating inclusive learning environments; Experience building and/or maintaining off-campus engaged and experiential learning programs; The ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals to establish and manage ELOs that achieve learning objectives while also appropriately following institutional administrative requirements; A passion for seeing and developing every student’s potential, and a commitment to creating a positive and inclusive environment for our students; Skill in assessing programs, including evaluation of student outcomes, and using that information to continually strengthen programs; The ability to make positive contributions to a team and bring out the best in others.


The Division is a joint unit in the Colleges of Human Ecology and Agriculture and Life Sciences. We offer 3 undergraduate majors, a concentration in nutrition for biological science majors, and 2 minors. Our offerings are based in life sciences training and include elements of experiential learning and personal reflection. We seek to increase the opportunities our students have to engaged and experiential learning and the hire will work to develop rigorous measures of program effectiveness including the cognitive and behavioral impacts of our educational program. We strive for innovation, excellence, and continual improvement in everything we do. Information about our academic programs is available at


The Division of Nutritional Sciences is on Cornell University’s Ithaca, New York campus. Ithaca is a city of about 30,000 people in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Both Cornell and Ithaca offer a wide range of cultural activities, sports, and outdoor activities with the pleasures of both city and country close at hand. Ithaca is Gorges!


TO APPLY: The following materials are required and should be submitted online here:


  • Application cover letter referencing position and stating practice experience, teaching experience and career interests and goals; Curriculum vitae; Teaching statement - Briefly, the teaching statement should reference your conception of teaching and learning, focusing on engaged and experiential learning both in and outside the classroom, a description of how you teach, a justification for why you teach that way including both classroom teaching and experiential learning programming. We ask applicants for all faculty positions to share their experiences and/or approaches (past, current, or future) to fostering learning in a diverse community. Applicants may choose to submit a stand-alone statement or embed the information in other parts of their application materials. Applicants must also provide the names and contact information for three confidential letters of recommendation (finalists will be asked to submit letters).


Visit the website below for more information on our optional statement on contributions to diversity: diversity/


Application Deadline: Evaluation of applicants will begin April 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.


The Division of Nutritional Sciences and the Colleges of Human Ecology and Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that welcomes and supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. The University also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches.


Employment Assistance:

For specific questions about the position or application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting or for general questions email


If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at voice (607) 255-2242, or email at


Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also request an appointment to use a dedicated workstation in the Office of Talent Attraction and Recruitment, at the Ithaca campus, by emailing


Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience. Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position. Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary) Unique applicable skills.


Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law.


Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

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