Instructor & Dietetic Program Coordinator

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 012000 - Food Sci Nutrition Hlth Promo
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Mississippi State University Department of Food Science Nutrition and Health Promotion seeks applications for a Dietetic Program Clinical Coordinator. The position provides support to the two dietetics programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND): the Dietetic internship (DI) and the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
This position is responsible for the coordination, management, and quality of supervised practice experience required by ACEND standards. The clinical coordinator also assists with the management of interns, preceptors, and community relationships to support the Supervised Practice Experience and works collaboratively with the DI and DPD program Director to advance both programs. The coordinator will also deliver direct instruction in the area of nutrition face-to-face and/or online and assist with other accreditations that the department seeks.

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 Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion (FSNHP) at MSU offers an undergraduate degree with concentrations in nutrition, food science, and health promotion and education; the Master of Science degree in the three concentrations of Nutrition, Food Science, and Health Promotion; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nutrition and Food Science concentrations. Both the department and MSU focus strongly on preparing graduates to excel in their chosen professions.

Area of Specialization:

Nutrition, Nutrition Education, Dietetics

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Oversee assessment mandated by ACEND for the DI and DPD, including:
a. Update KRDN and CRDN data, work with faculty to monitor student scores, and
aggregate annual data.
b. Follow up with alumni for post-graduation data required for ACEND accreditation
c. Maintain records for ACEND for both DI and DPD as well as past and present student
records and affiliated schools, hospitals, and other internship programs.
d. Distribute questionnaires to DI and DPD graduates for data needed in ACEND annual
e. Work with DI and DPD Directors to prepare ACEND updates every 7 years for the
credentialing body and annually for the department assessment.
2. Assist DI Director with managing practicum experiences and sites in the DI.
a. Monitor, revise, and update contracts with collaborating partner sites. Ensure that
signed contracts are returned to sites with any required supporting documentation.
Maintain database of contracts.
b. Manage and maintain facility choice process for placement for DI Director to review in
making placement decisions. Create a Course Flow spreadsheet for every incoming
DI student.
c. Develop placement schedules for student practicum rotations
d. Oversee assessments of practicum experiences and completion of DI evaluation
forms. Communicate with site preceptors to access to and training for the evaluation
e. Review Verified Credential submissions for physical exam and immunization
requirements. Contact students regarding missing items, track submission of student
documents, and follow up with students to insure prompt credentialing.
3. Teach FNH 3000 Field Experience and be a point of contact to connect undergraduate
students with local dietetic volunteer activities in the area.
4. Manage data collection of MSU graduate preparedness and performance in their respective
DI programs
5. Advise new undergraduates and transfers students during orientations over the summer
6. Serve as point of contact for post-baccalaureate students inquiring about attending MSU to
earn a verification statement. This includes transcript evaluation and coordinating with the
DPD and graduate program to meet requirements for both the verification statement and a
graduate degree. Additionally, serve in advising capacity for post-baccalaureate students to
help bridge DPD and graduate programs.
7. Teaching selected undergraduate courses which will free tenured tract professors to teach
graduate level classes in our MPH program and Functional Food Doctorate program, and
management of the simulation lab.
8. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Have a current Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) credential with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
• Hold a master's degree in a field related to nutrition and dietetics.
• Have a minimum of 5 years' professional experience as an RD/RDN

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous Teaching Experience Preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Detail-oriented.
• Excellent organizing and coordinating skills.
• Effective oral and written communication skills.
• Skilled in record maintenance and report generation.
• Ability to manage various tasks simultaneously.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Products, and other computer-based programs.
• Knowledge of Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
accredited programs and pathways.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

No unusual physical requirements. Requires lifting of files, records, and study materials. Nearly all work is performed in an indoor facility. Frequent- External imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; meeting of deadlines and coordination of related activities are key to position; may involve conflict-resolution or similar interactions. Job requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands. Job requires delivering virtual trainings.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must online at and attach a resume, cover letter, and three professional references. For additional questions, please contact Drs. Terezie Tolar-Peterson at and Amanda Conrad at

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon funding availability. 

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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