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Knoxville, Tennessee

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December 1, 2023






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Job Description and Eligibility Requirements

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) seeks applications for an Associate Professor position in the Department of Nutrition to be part of a cluster hire that will strengthen our ability to address nutrition-related health inequities, particularly those experienced by our local communities. Faculty hired as part of this cluster will work closely with Cherokee Health Systems (CHS;, a nationally known, federally qualified health center that is based in East Tennessee and participates as a Healthcare Provider Organization program partner in the NIH All of Us Research Program ( UTK has recently established an organizational memorandum of understanding with CHS, and this cluster hire will assist in establishing collaborative research and academic programming between the two institutions. The candidate will collaborate with two additional positions within the cluster, with one position based in the Department of Public Health and the other position based in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, to create a team within CEHHS whose work will target health inequities through a multi-level approach.

We seek an established scholar whose work targets the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases through enhancing dietary intake, particularly in populations who are low-resourced. The candidate should have familiarity with multi-level interventions, apply health-relevant theoretical frameworks in research, have strong quantitative or mixed methods research skills, be experienced with working with populations that are low-resourced, and have experience with interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful candidate will: (a) lead research programming that complements departmental, CEHHS, and CHS research initiatives; (b) participate in related collaborative research programs; (c) provide teaching in the Department of Nutrition’s educational programs; and (d) mentor MS/PhD students.

This 9-month, fulltime (1.0 FTE), position begins August 1, 2024. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. UTK has a competitive benefits package, and 9-month tenure-track faculty are eligible for summer salary. UTK is Tennessee’s flagship land grant university and is currently in the midst of unprecedented growth in enrollment, with approximately 35,000 enrolled students. The University is also a Carnegie Foundation Research (R1) University with highest research activity and has achieved a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Forbes Magazine recently ranked UTK as one of the best places to work in the US, including a ranking of ninth among public higher education institutions in the United States.


The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Candidates must have earned their doctorate in nutrition or a related public health, social, or behavioral science field. The candidate must have an established record of scholarly activity and some experience with acquiring extramural funding. The successful candidate must meet the qualifications for being an associate professor within the department. Candidates with a research focus in food and nutrition security, demonstrated experience in productive interdisciplinary collaborations, or implementation science are preferred.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit electronically at a letter of application, curriculum vita, and list of three references who can address the applicant’s leadership capabilities with complete addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Questions can be directed to Dr. Hollie Raynor, search committee chair, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.