Department Head (Academic Administrator)

The Pennsylvania State University
Centre County, Pennsylvania
Salary not disclosed
Jan 26, 2021
Feb 25, 2021
Contract Type
Job Type
Full Time

Department Head (Academic Administrator)

The Pennsylvania State University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Nutrition has been a part of the curriculum at Penn State for over 100 years and, based on NRC rankings and Elsevier SciVal bibliometrics, is one of the premier programs in nutritional sciences in the nation. Programmatic activities span the spectrum from basic science to application in clinical, community, and global settings.

Candidate Description

Penn State seeks candidates with the vision, energy and commitment to lead the department, and enhance and extend its prominence. The head will have administrative responsibility for all operational, fiscal and procedural actions associated with the department and will represent the department on the Executive Committee of the College of Health and Human Development (HHD). The department head will be a leader who promotes excellence in the full range of missions that are embodied in a comprehensive, land-grant, and research-intensive university and values. The head will be committed to excellence in promoting and extending research and scholarship, undergraduate and graduate education, recruiting and mentoring a diverse faculty, and building relationships with industry, government, alumni, donors, and an array of campus and community partners and encourages the diversity of the nutritional sciences program. They will advance Penn State's commitment to and accountability for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. To learn more about Penn State University's commitment to diversity and inclusion see the University's Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at As an institution, we embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverages the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engages all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission and we strongly encourage applicants who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply for this opportunity.

Candidates should have an earned doctorate, a successful record of extramurally funded research, demonstrated experience in teaching, and must be qualified for appointment at the rank of professor. Demonstrated leadership and management skills are a prerequisite with some past experience in budget management, strategic planning, and developing programming to foster an inclusive environment is preferred. Familiarity with the requirements of an accredited educational program in dietetics is preferred.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter describing relevant experiences, a complete curriculum vitae, a statement on diversity, equity and inclusion addressing how past and/or potential contributions will advance departmental and Penn State's commitment to inclusivity, and copies of up to five research articles, along with the names and contact information of five professional references (note: references will only be contacted after alerting applicants that they are in the final round of selection). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries may be made to Dr. Diane Williams, Chair of the Search Committee, by telephone (814 865-3177) or E-mail Please indicate “Department Head Search” in subject line of email correspondence.

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