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Knoxville, Tennessee

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December 2, 2023






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Job Description and Eligibility Requirements

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) seeks applications from associate and full professors for a Full Professor position in the Department of Nutrition to co-lead, with a new hire in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, a cluster hire that will strengthen the university’s ability to develop a national reputation in the area of food and nutrition security, using a food systems perspective. This cluster hire will include six faculty in the home units of Nutrition; Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management; Nursing; Agricultural and Resource Economics; Food Science; and Family and Consumer Sciences. Faculty hired as part of this cluster will collaboratively work across the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) campuses, using a team science approach, in building a strategic plan that emphasizes enhancing collaboration and impact by creating an interdisciplinary, translational human health and wellness identity at UT in food and nutrition security. This strategic plan will include a focus on interdisciplinary academic programming and scholarship. Within the area of scholarship, this cluster hire will help lead UT in building an equitable and inclusive research enterprise, which supports a diverse and inclusive workforce, community-engaged scholarship, and research that enhances population representativeness.

This Full Professor position will also include a joint appointment in Family and Consumer Sciences and have a 30% administrative appointment for leading cluster initiatives. The successful candidate will also co-lead the effort to fill four positions within the cluster, in the units of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management; Nursing; Food Science; and Family and Consumer Sciences, and thus have considerable influence in building a team of food and nutrition security scholars.

We seek an established and recognized scholar whose work targets enhancing diet quality in populations experiencing food and nutrition insecurity. The candidate should be able to provide leadership in the cluster hire and related initiatives, apply health-relevant theoretical frameworks in research, have strong quantitative or mixed methods research skills, and have expertise with interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful candidate will: (a) lead interdisciplinary academic and research programming in food and nutrition security; (b) participate in related collaborative research programs; (c) mentor faculty hired within the cluster hire initiative; (d) provide limited teaching in the Department of Nutrition’s educational programs; (e) mentor MS/PhD students; and (f) provide limited outreach and service in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (joint appointment).
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. The start-up package for the position is designed to support the launch of the cluster hire. 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 the highest research activity and has achieved a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.


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 extensive record of extramural funding, scholarly productivity, and successful mentoring. The successful candidate must meet the qualifications for being a full professor within UTK’s faculty handbook. Candidates with demonstrated experience in productive interdisciplinary collaborations, successful team leadership, experience in team science, and/or administrative experience 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 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.