Research Faculty-Extension Specialist - Human Nutrition & Health
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844

Job Description

University of Idaho

Research Faculty-Extension Specialist - Human Nutrition & Health

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: $78,874.85 commensurate with experience and market

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
The University of Idaho is currently seeking to hire an Extension Specialist and Researcher with expertise in human nutrition and health to join the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The position is a 12-month, tenure-track position with 50% outreach and extension; 45% scholarship and creative activities; and 5% university service and leadership expectations.

This Extension Specialist will provide evidence-based, nutrition-related educational programs that meet the needs of the department, general public, and state of Idaho. These Outreach and Extension activities would include translating up-to-date critical analysis of the emerging nutrition literature to regional and county Extension educators and the public, and debunking diet-and-nutrition-related myths and unsubstantiated claims found in traditional and social media. This individual will also conduct externally-funded human nutrition research particularly as it relates to basic and/or physiologic human nutrition and health. Funding for Extension and research programs will be obtained from internal and external competitive grants.

The primary location of the position will be in Moscow, Idaho but considerable and sustained interaction with nutrition Extension faculty across the state will be required. The idyllic University of Idaho campus is co-located throughout the beautiful and rugged state of Idaho. The main campus is based in Moscow, a growing and lively community with all the benefits and opportunities typically available in a college town, such as excellent public and private schools, restaurants, and free public transportation as well as a plethora of diverse sports, world-class outdoor activities, and performing and visual arts offerings.
Scholarship & Creative Activities: Conduct fundable, scholarly research related directly to human nutrition and health, particularly as it relates to basic and/or physiologic nutrition.

Disseminate results of research to academic, professional audiences, and other stakeholders via multiple venues such as refereed journals, scientific meetings, and outreach forums.

Advise and mentor graduate students in nutrition and health research endeavors.

Obtain extramural funding to support research program and graduate students.

Conduct interdisciplinary research within the unit, college, university, and larger nutrition research community.
Outreach & Extension: Develop a multi-faceted, evidence-based Extension program designed to educate the general public about the relationship between nutrition and human health.

Obtain external funding and develop partnerships to support delivery of statewide and national nutrition Extension programs.

Provide leadership and professional development for statewide county-based Extension educators including identifying and developing nutrition and health research-based resources to be used on the local level with the general public.

Work closely with the University of Idaho Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program Leader on national nutrition and health initiatives relevant to Idaho.
University Service & Leadership: Provide service to the unit, college, university, and professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Doctorate in human nutrition or related discipline. ABD applicants must have degree requirements completed at time of hire.

• Substantial graduate-level training in the broad scope of nutritional sciences.

• Demonstrated ability to conduct funded research related to basic and/or physiologic human nutrition.

• Evidence of ability to obtain internal and external funding.

• Basic understanding of the Cooperative Extension System and the land-grant mission.

• Ability to provide leadership and coordinate Extension nutrition education programs that address nutrition needs of diverse populations throughout the lifecycle.

• Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Expertise and/or interest in conducting interdisciplinary work, particularly with other faculty in the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

• Experience in conducting community nutrition programs and/or public health interventions.

• Extension or similar work experience in formal or non-formal community nutrition education.

• Coursework and experience with educational program evaluation.

• Experience in web development, social media, and distance education and communication.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
• Ability and willingness to travel, and hold a valid driver’s license due to need to travel throughout the state.

Posting Number: F000767P

Posting Date: 03/06/2019

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
Applications received by January 15, 2020 will receive first consideration. Review of application materials will continue until a suitable applicant pool is identified. Along with your on-line application, write a letter of qualification addressing how you meet EACH of the minimum and preferred qualifications listed. In addition, your application materials must include a CV, names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references and a research/teaching philosophy. If you have any questions, please contact: Shelley McGuire – Search Chair University of Idaho 208-885-6546

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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Date Posted : 09/24/2019