Nutritional Sciences
Texas Christian University


The Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Christian University invites applications for a 12-month, full time Assistant Professor of Professional Practice appointment beginning August 2020, with possibility of beginning January 2020.

We expect the successful candidate to: 1) hold at least a Master’s in nutrition/food/dietetics by start date, but Doctorate or ABD (“all but dissertation”) preferred; 2) be a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and eligible for licensure in Texas; 3) hold membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 4) have a minimum five years practitioner experience and at least three years teaching experience with a strong evidence of teaching effectiveness; and 5) computer literacy.

We are particularly interested in candidates who complement existing teaching and research expertise in the department.  The preferred candidate will have experience in statistical analyses and research.  Experience in counseling diverse patient populations, including pediatrics, is preferred.  Culinary nutrition skills and interprofessional education experiences are also preferred.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  coordinating supervised practice activities for ACEND-accredited (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) program; maintaining necessary documentation for ongoing ACEND accreditation; building partnerships with preceptors and organizations for supervised practice activities; teaching undergraduate and graduate nutrition/dietetics/food courses; mentoring undergraduate and graduate student-led research; working collaboratively and effectively with inter-professional education and research teams to advance missions of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, and the University; student advising; and engaging in departmental/university/professional service.

TCU uses an online application protocol administered by TCU Human Resources. All application materials, including a curriculum vitae, detailed research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests must be submitted electronically at Three confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the reviewer or dossier service to:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

The mission of the TCU Department of Nutritional Sciences is to provide a distinctive program of study in all areas of nutrition and dietetics within a traditional liberal arts setting. The faculty of the department affirm their commitment to the education of broadly informed, scientifically competent, self-educating, and ethically responsible professionals who are capable of entering successful careers in nutrition and dietetics and are also cognizant of the needs of the community and society at large.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences currently employs six full-time faculty members with a commitment to quality growth and approximately 100 undergraduates. This new hire will add an additional full-time faculty member to support the new graduate program, with plans for the first Master of Science students to graduate in May 2023. We collaborate closely in research and inter-professional education initiatives with faculty and students from the TCU College of Science and Engineering, the TCU College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and colleagues employed in other community health organizations.

We are a student-centered department committed to the teacher-scholar model. Teaching is central to our department’s mission; we hire faculty who are passionate about teaching and highly trained in their area of teaching specialty.

Research plays an integral role in the professional life of departmental faculty. Our research programs support our department mission and allow us to expose students to the process of food and nutrition science throughout the research process.

Advising and mentoring students are also critical faculty responsibilities that support our mission. Faculty members have an open-door policy to students, and students feel comfortable meeting with faculty outside of designated office hours.

Our department’s curriculum and all faculty-related policies have been developed via consensus of the faculty. We work together as a team, with the utmost respect and appreciation for all types and ways of contributing to our students and their success. Collegiality and teamwork have long been a hallmark of our department.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is housed in the Annie Richardson Bass Building, which recently underwent a major renovation that now provides an inviting open area where students are encouraged to gather and collaborate.  Departmental teaching space includes two large teaching kitchens, a quantity foods laboratory, and a common area utilized for lectures and other large gatherings.  TCU’s library, including on-line resources and personnel, is considered a strength by the Nutritional Sciences faculty.

TCU is committed to both teaching and research within the personalized atmosphere of a smaller college. Located in the economically stable and expanding Fort Worth/Dallas area and occupying a prominent position in the community, TCU offers the opportunity for participation in enriching personal and professional activities both on and off campus. The university offers state-of-the-art learning environments and a commitment to relevance and educating students to make a difference in the world.  The university’s nationally ranked athletic programs have created an excitement and vibrancy on campus that has led to TCU being named to US News and World Report’s Top 20 “Up-and-coming National Universities”. TCU is among the universities “making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life.”

Texas Christian University is ranked in the ‘Top 100 National Universities’ by the US News and World Report and is categorized as a Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity (R2) in the Carnegie Classifications.

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