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Assistant/Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

College of Science & Engineering

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

  • 499533
  • Faculty
  • Full-time
  • Opening at: Apr 19 2024 at 17:00 CDT
  • College of Science & Engineering

Application Deadline:

Open until filled

Position Details:

This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Christian University invites applications for the position for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor beginning August 2024. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service. We are seeking to expand our strengths in undergraduate and graduate curriculum development, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, leadership and service.

The tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor will hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree in nutrition/food/dietetics or related field. The preferred candidate will have a minimum of three years as a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN), with ongoing maintenance of registration, and eligibility for licensure in Texas. However, non-RD/RDN candidates will be considered with adequate nutrition-related background and experience. Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is required. Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service. The Department is particularly interested in candidates who complement existing teaching and research expertise. The successful candidate’s teaching schedule is subject to Departmental needs. Candidates for Associate Professor must have an established record of significant external support for research.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses within the Department of Nutritional Sciences and advise graduate and undergraduate research; Actively pursue external funding for research; Conduct, present and publish peer-reviewed academic research; Develop and maintain an active research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students; Contribute to existing courses and develop curriculum in faculty member’s area of expertise; Serve on committees both internal and external to the University; Participate in processes to maintain dietetic education accreditation; Serve as a team member to positively impact visibility of Department of Nutritional Sciences; Provide academic advising; Engage in professional development and all other duties as assigned.
This on-campus, in-person position will ideally begin August 2024, but the position will remain open until filled.

Department Details:

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 (NTDT) currently employs six full-time faculty members with a commitment to quality growth. The NTDT Department offers undergraduate degrees in Nutrition, Food Management, and two accredited Dietetics programs; a Didactic Program in Dietetics and a Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Students may complete Master of Science degrees in either Nutrition or Dietetics.

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. Tenure-track faculty are expected to pursue extramural funding and publish in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

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, where students are encouraged to gather and collaborate. Departmental teaching space includes two large teaching kitchens, a nutrition research laboratory, and a common area utilized for lectures and other large gatherings.

School/College Description:

The TCU College of Science & Engineering (CSE) encompasses 10 departments (Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Nutritional Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology) as well the Ranch Management Program, which offers both an undergraduate degree and a one-year certificate program. The College is also home to the Pre-Health Professions Institute, the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development, the Institute of Behavioral Research, and the Institute for Ranch Management. The College is the second largest at TCU in terms of both undergraduate enrollment and number of majors. CSE contains a disproportionate percentage of high achieving students, as evidenced by the fact that almost one-half the students in the Honors College have majors in the College of Science & Engineering. Research opportunities abound for undergraduates, with over 40 percent of majors engaging in a substantive experience during which they work one-on-one with their faculty mentor. The College also has five doctoral programs and 16 master’s programs as well as two graduate certificate programs. The College faculty are true teacher-scholars, for whom instruction and research are viewed as complementary activities.

University & Fort Worth Description:


Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.

Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.

At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter indicating their qualifications for this position, 2) a CV, 3) a statement of research experience and future research plans, 4) a statement of teaching philosophy, 5) and the contact details (i.e., name, affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number) for three academic references (we will contact the references for letters). The candidate should address, in their application, new courses they could potentially develop within their area of expertise. The research statement should address the major infrastructure needs required to carry out the candidate’s proposed research (e.g., space, major lab or field equipment, and/or animal requirements) and the candidate’s plans for extramural funding.

The review of applications will be ongoing, and applications will be considered until the position is filled. The Department will contact applicants of interest for the next stage of the process.

AA/EEO Statement:

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.

TCU Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report Notice of Availability

Texas Christian University is committed to assisting all members of the campus community in providing for their own safety and security. TCU’s Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The statements of policy contained within this report address institutional policies, procedures, and programs concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, emergency notifications and timely warning of crimes, sexual and interpersonal violence, and personal safety at TCU. Additionally, this report outlines fire safety systems, policies and procedures for on-campus housing facilities, as well as residence hall fire statistics. 

The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report can be found on the TCU Police Department website at, or a paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the TCU Police Department at 817-257-7930, or via email at

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