The Jefferson College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University invites applications for the position of Chair/Director of the Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Practice/RDN (MS/RDN) program. This is a developing program that plans to matriculate its first class in the Fall of 2021 on the Center City Philadelphia campus.
In March 2019, the MS/RDN program was recognized by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as an early adopter demonstration program. The program will proceed through the candidacy process based on ACEND’s Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Graduate Programs. The program curriculum includes competency-based education that integrates didactic and supervised learning experiences necessary to prepare students for entry-level practice as registered dietitian nutritionists. The Program Director will be able to shape the program, approve/adjust program curriculum, edit program materials, and select their faculty team in the twenty months prior to the program start date.
The MS/RDN program will be an integral part of the Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP), which also includes Health Sciences programs and the departments of: Community & Trauma Counseling, Couple & Family Therapy, Disaster Medicine & Management, Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology, Midwifery & Women’s Health, Physician Assistant Studies, and Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences. All programs feature state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching laboratories, a simulation center, as well as an interprofessional center. The programs within JCHP reflect the University’s commitment to educate future healthcare professionals of the highest quality and ethical standards for contemporary practice in the global community. The College is committed to innovative teaching, a culture of clinical excellence through interprofessional education and practice, integrated experiential learning, and evidence-based practice.
The Program Director will be highly involved in the recruitment and selection of additional program faculty, including a full-time program coordinator. The Program Director will be responsible for all aspects of academic leadership and administration within the MS/RDN program, including: finalizing the application for candidacy accreditation status; hosting site visits; maintaining accreditation status; providing mentorship and faculty development; monitoring and evaluating the curriculum; monitoring and evaluating program and learning assessment measures; and participating in interprofessional innovations in education, scholarship and professional practice within the Jefferson College of Health Professions.
Review of applications to fill this position will begin immediately with an anticipated start date of January 2020. Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application that includes a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Wendy Gable via email: Wendy.email@example.com.
The position is a 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track appointment beginning January 15, 2020. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. The Program Director will be eligible to be awarded the Debra Hollander Professorship in Nutritional Science.
A master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences or a related field is required, a doctoral degree is preferred. Current CDR registration and eligibility for licensure as a registered dietitian nutritionist in Pennsylvania are required. The successful applicant should have a minimum of 3 years full-time college/university experience with knowledge of accreditation standards and their implementation; a record of active service/contribution in the academic, research, and/or professional facets of the nutrition field; strong written and oral communication skills; a record of excellence in teaching; and evidence of relevant administrative experience and managerial skills.
Internal Number: 9234111
About Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) provides more than 8,400 full and part-time students from nearly 40 states and 40 countries with 21st century professional education.
Thomas Jefferson University has ten colleges and three schools that offer more than 160 undergraduate and graduate programs. Our University is dedicated to inter-professional and transdisciplinary approaches to learning that offer a vibrant and expandable platform for professional education. Through this unique model, we are preparing our students for current and yet to be imagined careers.
As an employer, Jefferson maintains a commitment to provide equal access to employment. Jefferson values diversity and encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans.