Assistant/Associate Professor, Dietetics and Nutritional Science

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science

Competition No.  -    A108152079
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta is inviting applications for the tenure-track position Assistant/Associate Professor in Dietetics and Nutritional Science.

The successful candidate will join the academic team that is responsible for the delivery of the Dietetics Specialization within the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences and the College of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Alberta. The successful candidate will be expected to lead and curate the dietetics specialization curriculum so that it meets and exceeds the academic programming competencies for dietetics as an accredited health professional program. The successful candidate will chair the Dietetics Specialization Management Committee, which is responsible for leading and maintaining the Dietetics Specialization curriculum within the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science degree program, for recommending admissions and enrollment, for facilitating accreditation with accrediting organizations, and for ensuring the fit of the integrated internship within the Dietetics Specialization. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining academic and clinical relationships both internal and external to the University and be the lead point of contact for the specialization.

Qualified candidates must hold a PhD in Human Nutrition or a relevant discipline and must be a Registered Dietitian eligible for membership with the College of Dietitians of Alberta. The successful candidate will have a strong record of teaching accomplishment, a sound understanding of numerous disciplines associated with Dietetics, and demonstrated ability to conduct research. The candidate is expected to teach at all levels of the curriculum, from undergraduate to graduate level courses, lead curriculum development and contribute to academic program planning, establish an independent research program, and take on other supervisory, service, and administrative work. The successful candidate will be an ambassador for teaching best practice and forge strong collaborative networks with other key partners and organizations at the University of Alberta, such as the Alberta Diabetes Institute, the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI), as well as external groups such as Alberta Health Services and the associated Strategic Clinical Network(s) in Alberta.

As one of Canada’s premier research institutions, the University of Alberta offers an excellent teaching and research environment with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including laboratory equipment and a comprehensive range of leading-edge nutrition, food, and analytical research laboratories at the Human Nutrition Research Unit, Agri-Food Discovery Place, and the Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit. The University of Alberta is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (Strategic Plan for EDI) and to reconciliation (Indigenous Strategic Plan). The University is located on Treaty 6 territory, and Métis Nation of Alberta Zone 4. We recognize and respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.     

How to Apply

To apply, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following as one attachment in PDF format:

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate's profile and the names of three (3) referees.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current research and short-term and long-term research goals. (2 pages maximum)
  • Teaching Dossier which includes a brief teaching philosophy and evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness (2 pages maximum)
  • An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) statement that describes their strengths and experiences with equity, diversity and including, and plans for advancing EDI in research, teaching, and service (2 pages maximum)
  • Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews.

Review of applications will begin on or shortly after February 1, 2024, but the position will remain open until filled. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

For further information on this position, or the department, please contact the Department Chair by email at afns-chair@ualberta.ca or visit our website at https://www.ualberta.ca/agricultural-food-nutritional-science/index.html.

With more than 40,000 students and 15,000 staff, the University of Alberta (www.ualberta.ca) grants almost 8,500 degrees annually to graduates of 388 undergraduate and 500 graduate programs. A research, medical-doctoral, multi-campus institution, the University of Alberta offers a full range of academic and professional programs.

The University of Alberta, its buildings, labs, and research stations are located on the traditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe nations; lands that are now known as part of Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and homeland of the Métis. The University of Alberta respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations, and the ways of Indigenous peoples on these lands inform and guide our learning modalities and approach to community. The University of Alberta is home to the only Faculty of Native Studies in Canada, and the University of Alberta’s First Peoples’ House supports the growing enrolment of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) is a science-based faculty that is positioned within the College of Natural and Applied Sciences. Our professors and students draw from the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities to seek comprehensive solutions to some of the key challenges our province, country and world face today. ALES was founded in 1915 and has a long and rich history, tracing back to one of the oldest Faculties and earliest Departments at the University of Alberta. Teaching, research and community engagement within the Faculty are focused on healthy human environments; the sustainability of land, forests and water; the biological, economic, social and technological underpinnings of the bio-products industry; and global food systems.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS) at the University of Alberta, is a vibrant, collegial, and unique department, the first of its kind in North America. AFNS has a mission of serving the community through excellence in teaching and research in efficient and sustainable agricultural production, value added processing, food safety and human health to promote the health and quality of life. AFNS administers a budget of about $ 38 million, including approximately $24 million in research and trust funds.

The department now has a total of 65 academic staff: over 100 Research Associates, PDFs, Adjunct professors, and visiting scientists and 350 administrative/technical and Support staff. There are approximately 350 graduate students, and over 900 undergraduate students enrolled in the BSc in Agriculture, Animal Health, Nutrition & Food Science degree programs, administered at the Faculty level. 

Greater Edmonton, with nearly one million residents in the city and surrounding communities, is a beautiful city straddling a spectacular river valley park system. It is the capital of Alberta, with the lowest provincial tax regime in the country, and has led the nation in economic growth in the past five years. Edmonton is known as Canada’s Festival City, with more than thirty major annual festivals celebrating its rich cultural diversity and community spirit. It has all the attractions of a big city, yet it is clean, safe, and livable, with excellent schools and health care. Edmonton is located only a few hours from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in summer (www.edmonton.ca).

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit and is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.