Assistant or Associate Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 012000 - Food Sci Nutrition Hlth Promo
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion (FSNHP) at Mississippi State University (MSU) seeks to fill a 9-month tenure-track position to begin Fall 2022. The successful candidate will hold a 70% appointment in teaching through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a 30% appointment in research through the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. The successful candidate will also teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in Nutrition including those related to the Masters in Public Health program, and advise undergraduate students. In addition, the candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in their area of expertise through scholarship, extramural funding, and mentoring graduate students. This person will also be involved in seeking and/or maintaining accreditation standards in compliance with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for the MPH housed in FSNHP, and assist with the MPH Program’s recruitment, retention, and implementation efforts.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of FSNHP at MSU offers an undergraduate degree with concentrations in nutrition and food science. A Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasis area in Health Promotion is offered in cooperation with the Center for Distance Education and the College of Arts and Sciences; the Master of Science degree in the three concentrations of Nutrition, Food Science, and Health Promotion, as well as a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Nutrition; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nutrition, Food Science, and Functional Foods. Both the department and MSU focus strongly on preparing graduates to excel in their chosen professions.

The Department of FSNHP is a comprehensive department offering teaching, research, service and outreach designed to extend the continuum from the processing of food to its marketing, consumption, and impact on public health and community. The mission of the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion is to advance an integrative approach to foods, nutrition, and health by innovative research and progressive education of undergraduate and graduate students and to educate the public through creative outreach.

Our diverse faculty of 18 has established a focus on food safety as well as a “food as medicine” perspective, and the department has Extension faculty in all three specialty areas. The department also collaborates with a PhD program in agricultural and extension education with the School of Human Sciences emphasizing health promotion with aims at certification in the field of health education (Certified Health Education Specialist) or wellness (Certified Wellness Practitioner).

Area of Specialization:


Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2022

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Teach undergraduate and graduate courses
• Mentor undergraduate and graduate students
• Conduct research, seek extramural funding, publish scholarly works
• Assist MPH program recruitment, retention, and implementation efforts
• Assist with MPH CEPH accreditation
• Perform departmental, college, university, and professional service

Minimum Qualifications:

• Doctoral degree in nutrition, public health or closely related field from an accredited

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

• Registered Dietitian credential.
• MPH with nutrition emphasis or experience in other related areas of
public health
• Experience teaching nutrition-related courses at the post-secondary level.
• Experience with CEPH accreditation

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Applicants must have the ability to develop a research program in their area of interest with extramural funding, teach in various areas of nutrition, have people skills needed to advise both undergraduate and graduate students in the field, as well as work with a diverse, international student population and faculty.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at by submitting a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least five professional references. University transcripts will be requested should an interview be offered. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting. Those should be sent to:

Dr. Leah Pylate
Search Chair
Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Mail Stop 9805
105 Herzer Building, 945 Stone Blvd
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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