Director, School of Nutrition and Dietetics
DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
Position # 20705
Acadia University invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics (SND), within the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FPAS), at the level of Associate or Full Professor. Applicants must demonstrate that they have earned a PhD in a relevant field of study and be a registered dietitian with a provincial regulatory body.
This position requires a visionary and dynamic leader to lead within, guide, and foster a collaborative and collegial work environment with SND faculty, staff, and students. This leader will build and maintain strong relationships in SND (including with students, staff and faculty), across FPAS, the university, as well as with external partners. To support this leadership role, Acadia is seeking candidates with excellent communication skills across a variety of communication domains. The role requires strong and creative approaches to communicating well with, and advocating on behalf of, SND, faculty and students. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an ability to communicate in multiple ways to diverse audiences.
Guided by the Purpose of the SND, the University Strategic and Research Plans the Director will be expected to make sound and effective management decisions under highly dynamic conditions. This includes managing and prioritizing unexpected roles and tasks, building teams, applying fairness in decision making, and fostering shared leadership in a workplace that is governed by academic, professional and union guidelines.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate scholarly leadership. Building on existing faculty and student strengths, Acadia prioritizes candidates who will support and accelerate achievements in research and curriculum, build on program strengths, and work to strengthen the role of SND within the FPAS and the University to ensure excellence in undergraduate education. The Director will be expected to contribute to this learning environment by remaining actively involved in research, while delivering two courses per academic year. Acadia encourages applicants who have creative ideas about supporting scholarly activity. This includes but is not limited to supporting different approaches to research, supporting the value of multiple ways of knowing, working with faculty to identify and obtain research funding, and supporting undergraduate involvement in research. This also includes valuing and understanding nutrition and dietetics pedagogy, the fields of work that our graduates enter, as well as the opportunities for, and value of, student leadership in research and practice.
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae that covers areas of leadership, professional service, outreach, mentoring, and research. Applicants are to identify three referees at the time of application (with phone and email information) who can be contacted should the applicant be shortlisted.
Please submit applications in one PDF to: Dr. Suzie Currie, Dean, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science and Chair of the Selection Committee, email: email@example.com.
Review of application packages will begin on October 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The position begins on January 1, 2021 or as soon as possible following that date.
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Acadia University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and persons of any minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Consistent with the principles of employment equity, the primary criterion for appointment to a position is qualifications and professional excellence. Candidates who identify as a member of one of the afore-mentioned groups, and who wish to have the application considered as such, are invited to submit the online Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form as part of their application package.
The university will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact: Patti Davis, Administrative Manager, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This position requires a visionary and dynamic leader to work with the School of Nutrition and Dietetics (SND) faculty, staff, and students. Through excellent communication and facilitation skills, the Director builds and maintains strong relationships between and among individuals, groups, and organizations, to guide and foster a collaborative and collegial work environment. The Director makes sound and effective management decisions under highly dynamic conditions to further the Purpose of the SND. Building on existing faculty and student strengths, the Director will support and accelerate achievements in research and curriculum, and build on program strengths to ensure excellence in undergraduate education. The Director will also contribute to this learning environment by remaining actively involved in research and delivering two courses per academic year.
The Director is responsible for, and works with senior administration, faculty, staff, and in consultation with students, to maintain:
o the accreditation standards established by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP)
o continued partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
o provision of undergraduate training in nutrition and dietetics, including the various elective streams of study
o effective management of the 2+2 program between Acadia University and Memorial University of Newfoundland
Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (FPAS), the Director also works collaboratively with the Dean and other Heads and Directors within the FPAS to promote clear communication and consultation on matters of academic policy, and to facilitate academic and professional processes as governed by the 15th Collective Agreement between the Board of Governors and the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA).
The position responsibilities encompass the following three areas of academic leadership:
1. Leadership within the School
Guided by the Purpose of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics and informed by a strong ability to prioritize actions and decisions within the broader context of the SND, the Faculty, the University, the Community and Partners, the Director:
• Translates vision into action
• Builds an environment conducive to quality research, teaching, and service
• Inspires and supports the building of capacity for quality research, teaching, and service among faculty
• Leads career development for faculty and staff, providing honest, constructive feedback as required
• Is committed to continued personal and professional development, by staying abreast of relevant academic and professional advancements, and remaining active in research
• Contributes to the delivery of exceptional undergraduate education by delivering two courses per academic year
• Encourages and supports undergraduate engagement in research activities, including independent research and knowledge translation
• Contributes to program development and relevant and required policy changes within the SND
• Collaborates to support substantive and reasoned responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action as they pertain to educating current and future graduates of the program; recognizes, nurtures, and draws upon the leadership capacities of others related to the TRC Call to Action
• Promotes multi-directional communication and team building among students, staff, and faculty
• Deals effectively with personnel matters and maintains the highest ethical standards and confidentiality in dealing with faculty, staff, and student issues
• Is fair in decision making
• Champions the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion and is attentive to the complex roles that gender, race, sexuality, ability, class, geographic origin, and indigeneity play in shaping a professional environment and community
• Manages the daily operations of the SND effectively and efficiently, including budgeting, scheduling, and hiring processes
• Monitors academic processes within the School in order to ensure their alignment with University policy and the Collective Agreement
• Works with senior administration, faculty, staff, and students to maintain the accreditation standards established by PDEP; ensures a continued partnership with NSHA
2. Representation within the Faculty and across the University:
The Director works to represent the interests and perspectives of the SND effectively and equitably within the FPAS and across the university. Guided by the Purpose of the SND, the Director:
• Works to cultivate the organizational strength of the SND
• Champions program, resource, and policy development informed by the interests and perspectives of the SND at both the FPAS and University level
• Works with the Dean and other Heads and Directors in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science to identify and represent the academic interests and perspectives of the SND across various University committees and bodies, including as a member of Senate
• Listens to faculty and staff input, and adopts a solution-focused approach to committee work at the FPAS and University level
• Works to strengthen the role of the Director of the SND through building and maintaining strong relationships within and across the FPAS and the University
• Actively seeks to build bridges between the University and community through shared research and program development interests
• Actively works with colleagues in other departments and schools to maintain existing cross-curricular program options, elective streams, and second majors
3. Representation within and Engagement with Health, Nutrition and Dietetics Communities
The Director represents the SND with integrity and diplomacy, while cultivating mutual respect between the SND and a wide variety of academic disciplines and practice-oriented communities within nutrition and dietetics, food science, and health. Using a collegial and collaborative approach, the Director also advocates for the integral role of the work of the SND (including undergraduate training, faculty and student research, and the dietetic practicum program) on provincial, regional, and national levels. Using the Purpose of the SND as a guide, the Director:
• Engages at a provincial level with NS Labour & Advanced Education, and other university partners, to continue to follow through on, and work to achieve the recommendations of the Review of University-Based Nutrition Programs in Nova Scotia
• Works to ensure effective management of the 2+2 program between Acadia University and Memorial University of Newfoundland
• Ensures the maintenance of accreditation standards established by PDEP
• Ensures that the Purpose and interests of the SND are represented to PDEP, and that any relevant exchange of information occurs
• Plays an active role in inspiring and building capacity for dietetic education and practicum training with partners and preceptors at the NSHA
• Ensures that the Purpose and interests of the SND are represented to relevant provincial and national bodies that support faculty in other disciplines besides dietetics
• Actively involved in the broader scholarly community, helping to support current disciplinary, research, and pedagogical development within SND
Position begins: January 1, 2021 for a six-year term.
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