The Search Advisory Committee seeks nominations and applications for the position of Department Head of Nutrition in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2021.
Members of the university community may either self-nominate or nominate potential candidates for the position of Department Head. Candidates must be tenured and hold the rank of professor at Texas A&M University. Nominees will be contacted to request that they submit an application.
The Department Head will serve as the chief administrative officer of the Department and as an advocate for the disciplines and programs that it represents. The Head reports to the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station. The position provides leadership and support for numerous faculty initiatives including: enhancing and expanding undergraduate and graduate education; increasing contributions to knowledge and science through extramurally funded research; fostering collegiality and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty; conducting outreach programs; securing additional resources through development; strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholder groups; and promoting communication of science-based findings to inform public policy and private decision makers.
The fulltime 9-month tenured position requires a Ph.D. in nutrition, biological sciences, or a related field. The ideal candidate should have a nationally and internationally recognized research program, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, visionary leadership, administrative experience, and proven proactiveness/effectiveness. The candidate should provide evidence of innovative thinking, outstanding communication, and interpersonal skills. They must be able to work effectively with faculty, staff and students and represent them to University administrators, state and federal agencies, industry, and the public. The candidate must exhibit the ability to promote the Department in all of its missions and increase its national and international prominence.
About the Department
As an administrative unit of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Department of Nutrition is embarking on an ambitious expansion to become a nationally recognized leader in nutrition sciences. The department is currently small, with 10 tenured/tenure-track and 4 academic professional track faculty members. However, with recent approval of a strategic plan by the Dean, the department has plans to grow over the next 5-10 years, including a current search for 4 faculty positions.
Academic Programs. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees within the discipline of Nutrition, including accredited programs in dietetics, and internships and experiential learning activities. Together, our programs prepare future leaders in academic, industry, health profession, and government positions.
Research. The Department’s faculty are leaders in the discovery of new knowledge and promotion of optimal health, quality of life, and prevention of chronic diseases. Despite its small size, the department currently leads the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in metrics of research dollars per tenure-track faculty.
Extension. The Department provides nutrition education outreach to the underserved-populations and the general public to improve health and well-being, reduce chronic disease risk, and benefit the people of Texas.
The candidate will provide the leadership and vision to foster an integrated culture for a large multidisciplinary department. Specific duties and responsibilities include 1) providing intellectual and philosophical leadership to faculty, staff and students for synergistic academic, research and extension service programs; 2) overseeing the management of undergraduate and graduate programs in nutrition; 3) managing and coordinating the Department’s human, physical, and fiscal resources, including coordinating and overseeing major renovation and move to new department headquarters; 4) fostering a culture of support and success for diverse faculty, staff, and students 5) serving as liaison and advocate for the Department to administration of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, especially in support of overall programming goals and strategies; 6) representing the Department to state and federal agencies, private organizations, partners and collaborators, and key industry groups; and 7) providing leadership for continued acquisition of internal and external resources to enhance departmental programs.
Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter; 2) a detailed curriculum vitae; 3) a statement summarizing administrative philosophy and vision for the Department, specifically addressing faculty mentoring and the ability to foster academic, research, and extension programs; 4) a statement on teaching and education philosophy and experience, and vision for both undergraduate and graduate programs in the department; 4) a research statement; 5) a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion; and 6) contact information for at least three references.
Review of applications will begin June 1, 2021 with anticipated position start date of August 1, 2021.
Send queries, nominations, and applications via e-mail to:
Dr. Dorothy Shippen, Chair of Search Committee