Nutrition and Dietetics Faculty Member and Coordinator of the combined Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition

Posted:
October 19, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
November 30, 2020
Institution:
Concordia College

Position Description

Concordia College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for a Nutrition and Dietetics Faculty Member and Coordinator of the combined Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition (DI/MS).  The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Science is housed within the School of Health Professions at Concordia College.  Having matriculated its first cohort of eight students in August 2017, the DI/MS is a thriving program looking to expand.

The Concordia College Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Science houses two ACEND-accredited dietetic programs – a didactic program in dietetics and a combined dietetic internship graduate program. The didactic program in dietetics (DPD) began in 1975 and boasts an exceptional placement rate (nearly 100%) of students in dietetic internships each year. The dietetic internship began in 1999 and was successfully transitioned to a combined Dietetic Internship and Master of Science (DI/MS) with the first cohort of eight starting in August 2017. The DI/MS currently holds 100% first-year pass rate on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists and 100% employment rate within 12 months following graduation.

This full-time position includes teaching or co-teaching predominantly clinical nutrition courses in both the DPD and DI/MS. Such courses include lifecycle nutrition and medical nutrition therapy, which emphasize the Nutrition Care Process, as well as other courses in dietetics. As a faculty member, the successful candidate has the opportunity to advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, participate in scholarship, and engage in service to the department, college and community.

In addition, the successful candidate will serve as Coordinator of the DI/MS. The Coordinator will work closely with the DI/MS Director and be highly involved in recruitment of strong students eager to join Concordia’s DI/MS, stewarding relationships with supervised practice facility administrators and preceptors, scheduling and coordination of supervised practice rotations, collecting outcomes data required for accreditation, and evaluation of interns and supervised practice facilities. The Coordinator will play a vital role in the success of DI/MS students’ graduate school and supervised practice experiences and contribute to the welcoming and positive learning environment for which Concordia is known. Concordia College is interested in expanding the DI/MS, and the successful candidate will be instrumental in helping to grow the program.

The DPD and DI/MS are integral programs within a growing Concordia College School of Health Professions, which also includes Exercise Science, Nursing, Healthcare Leadership, Social Work, and pre-health professions programming (pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, etc.). Students and faculty in the School of Health Professions benefit from collaborative relationships, including opportunities for interdisciplinary and interprofessional work. Additionally, health professions programs emphasize development of one-on-one relationships between faculty and students.

Concordia faculty enjoy numerous professional development opportunities on campus and within their own discipline or field of study.  Concordia College offers numerous perks to employees, including a generous tuition benefit for spouses and dependents based on years of employment, and all employees have free access to campus wellness facilities.

This position is a full-time, tenure track appointment. For tenure eligible, applicant must have earned a doctorate in nutrition, dietetics, or closely related field (ABD candidates are encouraged to apply, doctoral degree completed by starting date is preferred). A fixed term appointment is possible for a candidate with a master’s degree and professional experience. This position will begin in August 2021. A January 2021 start date is possible if a successful candidate is available to start earlier.  There is opportunity to teach/supervise in the summer months under a separate appointment.

Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
Applicants should possess the following:

  • Must be a registered dietitian nutritionist as recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration;
  • Have significant and recent (within the last five years) professional experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist in a clinical setting;
  • Be willing to become a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
  • Excellent communication skills and a desire to work in collaborative teams that include other health-related disciplines, such as exercise science, nursing, social work, and healthcare leadership;
  • Identify with the aims and objectives of a liberal arts college, which aspires to the goals for liberal learning and promotes becoming responsibly engaged in the world.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accreditation standards;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in college teaching (graduate teaching assistant teaching acceptable);
  • Evidence of successful academic advising both at undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Membership and involvement in professional organizations;
  • Record of research experience and peer-reviewed publications;
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment in promoting diversity;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with diverse colleagues and students

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for this position will personify the mission and core values of Concordia College and the mission and philosophy set forth by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.  In support of the College’s ambitious goals for diversity and inclusion, the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Science is interested in applicants who will contribute to the development of our increasingly diverse campus community, and have experience working effectively with diversified populations and responding to the changing demands of our emerging dietetics educators and professionals. Successful candidates will aspire to be part of a community that affirms an abundance of identities, experiences, and perspectives in order to imagine, examine, and implement possibilities for individual and communal thriving both inside and outside the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Science. Applicants from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

About The Institution

More About the Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition:

https://concordiacontinuingstudies.com/graduate-accelerated-post-bacc/dietetic-internship-ms-nutrition/

More About the Didactic Program in Dietetics:

https://www.concordiacollege.edu/academics/programs-of-study/nutrition-dietetics/

The Greater Fargo/Moorhead Metro Area:

The College is located in the Moorhead (MN)/Fargo, North Dakota (ND) area, a growing metropolitan area of 235,000 with increasing diversity, and consistently ranked among the nation’s most livable cities. The Fargo/Moorhead area is home to a vibrant medical community including several not-for-profit hospitals, a Veteran’s Administration hospital, and a broad array of community agencies. The metro area features three distinct cities. Bordering the eastern edge of North Dakota, the state’s largest city at just under 120,000, Fargo has a vibrant downtown and shopping district that draws people from around the region. West Fargo, with a population of nearly 35,000, is one of the state’s fastest growing communities with a number of new housing developments. Moorhead, Minnesota, just across the Red River, is a community of over 42,000 residents that has a small town feel with the amenities of a large community.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Nutrition and Dietetics Faculty Member and Coordinator of the combined Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition at Concordia College should be directed in confidence to the College’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates
chris@scotthealy.com 

The full and complete application should contain the following information: 

1) A cover letter outlining your experience in nutrition and dietetics education;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within nutrition and dietetics;
3) Academic transcripts;
4) The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by November 30, 2020 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Concordia College will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age, veteran’s status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or any other legally protected status.