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Department Head / Associate or Full Professor (Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health)

Apply now Department: 3670055040 Food Nutrition Dietetic Health
Job no: 508802
Work type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month, Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Education / Instructional
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, in the College of Health and Human Sciences. We seek a visionary leader who will provide collaborative leadership to a department that includes a diverse set of academic programs (Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, Athletic Training, Sensory and Consumer Sciences, Public Health Nutrition, two undergraduate certificate programs and a minor in Nutrition) and personnel who work with K-State Research and Extension. The department head will provide leadership for planning and implementing the department’s vision and mission to support the strategic goals of the College of Health and Human Sciences and K-State for academic excellence and prominence. The position reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.


  • Provide departmental leadership to promote excellence in academics, distance education programs, clinical instruction, basic and applied research, engagement, outreach, extension activities, service, and extramural funding
  • Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, and the public to advance the mission of the department
  • Manage and evaluate the department’s human, fiscal, and physical resources
  • Provide innovative leadership in strategic planning and securing resources
  • Recruit and support mentoring of diverse faculty
  • Actively represent the department, college, and university to a variety of stakeholders inside and outside of the University
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with constituent groups, agencies, professional societies, university units, and the public
  • Enhance alumni relations and development activities


This full-time, tenured 12-month position at the rank of associate or full professor has a negotiable starting date with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience (For additional information refer to the benefits summary http://www.k-state.edu/hr/

Why Join Us:

The Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health is housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences. It offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees and participates in the interdisciplinary Master of Public Health (MPH) and Food Science (M.S., Ph.D.) programs. Comprising 22 faculty FTE, 691 undergraduate students, and over 100 graduate students, the department also offers a nutrition minor, and certificate programs in health coaching and community health (https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/fndh/). Our academic programs have garnered widespread attention as they rank consistently high in national polls. For example:

  • Kansas State University has been ranked 1st among the most affordable bachelor's in human nutrition and dietetics for 2020 by Great Value Colleges. The school's online program was ranked 6th.
  • Master's in Nutrition ranked 9th in Best Online Colleges for 2019 by Guidetoonlineschools.com.
  • Online bachelor’s degree in nutrition and health ranked 2nd in TheBestSchools.org list of Best Online Bachelor’s in Nutritional Sciences Programs for 2018.

The Dietetics, Athletic Training, and MPH Programs are accredited by ACEND®, CAATE, and CEPH respectively. As the only program of its kind in the state of Kansas, the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health prepares graduates to promote improved food choices and nutritional status, prevent and rehabilitate sports injuries, understand consumer preferences and behaviors, and enhance the well-being of people via food and physical activity. Faculty in the department discover, disseminate, and apply knowledge in the areas of nutritional sciences, human and clinical sciences, public health, food safety, and sensory analysis and consumer behavior.

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to five departments/school (Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health; Family Studies and Human Services; Hospitality Management; and Kinesiology) and three academic units (Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and General Human Ecology Studies). In addition, the college received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to begin a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The College enrolls more than 2,200 undergraduate and nearly 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions (https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/). The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

Kansas State University is a distinguished public research I university and land-grant institution renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 22,200 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. K-State was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S. The mission of K-State is “to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve. By 2025, Kansas State University will be a premier, student-centered, public research university serving communities at home and across the globe through our land-grant mission” (https://www.k-state.edu/2025/plan/

K-State is centered on a 664 acre campus in Manhattan located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills. With daily connecting flights to Chicago and Dallas, Manhattan provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation, and is future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). Manhattan rates among the best classic college towns in the country - it's big enough (nearly 55,000 permanent residents) to offer opportunities and adventures, but small enough to maintain a strong sense of community. Manhattan also ranked second on Livability.com’s 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live (https://livability.com/
) and Forbes magazine ranked Manhattan third in the nation for best small places for businesses and careers (http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/life/

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Recognized record of excellence in research, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of tenured professor or associate professor
  • Evidence of a cooperative and accountable administrative style
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Successful experience in fiscal management and coordination of human resources, academic, and service programs
  • Earned doctoral degree in a discipline represented within the department, or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous leadership experience in academic administrative capacity, as a director, program chair, unit coordinator, or department head
  • Familiarity with Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) model of budgeting
  • Demonstrated commitment to involvement with national, state, and local/regional service, professional, and scientific communities
  • Experience with land-grant colleges or universities or appreciation for the mission
  • Knowledge of professional accreditation processes
  • Appointable at level of full professor

How to Apply:

To assure full consideration, please submit the following documents as a single PDF file:

  1. Cover Letter addressing the qualifications and expectations described above
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. Names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of five individuals from whom letters of reference may be requested. The search is confidential; references will only be contacted after initial screening and after the candidate has granted permission.


Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Richard Rosenkranz, Ph.D. (ricardo@ksu.edu) and Michelle Toews, Ph.D. (MLToews@ksu.edu) with the subject line: FNDH Department Head Search.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Initial review of applications will begin the week of March 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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