Department Head of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion - Mississippi State University in Mississippi State Mississippi

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State , Mississippi 39762

United States


Detailed Job Description

Position: Mississippi State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( invites applicants for the position of Department Head of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion ( This position is a senior level administrative position to provide leadership and vision for the departmental disciplines of food science, nutrition and health promotion. The Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion is located on the Starkville Campus, although one faculty member is located at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS. Mississippi State University ( has a student population of more than 20,000 that come from all cultures and backgrounds, from 50 states, and more than 70 countries. Starkville is a thriving community with good schools and a wide variety of cultural and SEC sporting events. The Department offers two BS degrees, one in food science, nutrition and health promotion and one in culinology, with concentrations in a nationally IFT-approved food science program, food processing, food safety, culinology, and a nationally ACEND-accredited dietetic/nutrition program. MS and PhD degrees are offered in food science and nutrition and an MS in health promotion. An accredited Dietetic Internship Program is also offered. The Department offers industry and community-based Extension programs, aimed at enhancing growth of the food industries and improving the nutrition and health of our citizens and communities. Examples of the Extension/outreach programs include HACCP, Food Defense, Food Security, ServSafe, and Marination 101 short courses, among others. The Department hosts USDA-ARS sponsored research programs in the Center for Food Safety and Post-Harvest Technology. In addition to food safety research, our food science research encompasses all aspects of food produced in the state of Mississippi. The nutrition and health research and extension programs include prevention of obesity and associated chronic diseases, and various community based health programs and projects.

Responsibilities: Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide day to day and long-term leadership for the Department. Provide direction to faculty, staff and students to achieve and enhance the goals of the Department.

Support and coordinate the teaching, research and extension missions of the Department. The Department head is expected to work to assist faculty in increasing external funding opportunities for faculty. The department head is also expected to facilitate research collaboration between Department faculty and federal and state agencies.

Lead efforts to increase gifts and endowments to support the Department’s work and enhance and showcase its scholarship.

Demonstrate experience with assessment and accreditation/reaccreditation processes.

Serve as a spokesperson for contemporary issues related to the department’s mission and focus.

Qualifications: Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in food science and technology, food safety, human nutrition, health promotion, or related field, and relevant administrative experience. The successful candidate must have technical and interpersonal skills to communicate with other scientists and administrators nationally and internationally. Experience in oral presentations, writing reports, proposals and technical publications is required. Familiarity with state and federal organizations, and the ability to attract extramural funding from grant agencies and industry is expected. The candidate must be capable of national and international travel. The successful candidate must meet the requirements for appointment as full professor with tenure in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Salary and benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The tentative start date for the position is August 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. An excellent benefits package is available.

Application Procedure: Applications must be submitted online at to complete the Personal Data Information Form. The application packet, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of five references, as well as any inquiries, should be addressed to Dr. Mary M. Beck, Search Committee Chair, Mail Stop 9665, Mississippi State. S 39762, and send electronically to In order to meet the target start date of August 1, 2015, review of applications will begin April 1, 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen.

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Department Chair
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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