Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Human Development

Jul 27, 2016 Chris diMuro
Application period Jul 27, 2016 10:20 AM to
Oct 16, 2016 10:20 AM
Where Department of Human Ecology

The Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a tenure-track academic-year (9 months) faculty appointment in Human Development and Family Studies at the Assistant Professor level.  We are interested in applicants with expertise in the nutritional context of human development, broadly conceived at any stage of the lifespan. Examples of research include, but are not limited to associations between nutrition and biological, cognitive, and/or social-emotional development, and/or the role of context, such as family and culture, in the development of nutrition behaviors across the lifespan. The successful candidate will have a productive program of research investigating the contributions of nutrition to human development that has applied implications such as to inform prevention or intervention efforts. This faculty member is expected to collaborate with faculty in the Human Development and Family Studies unit, within the Department of Human Ecology, and in the Department of Nutrition. 

By the time of appointment, applicants must have an earned doctorate in Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Nutrition, or other related field, have a strong record of relevant research, a strong commitment to high quality teaching, and an established record of attracting, or the potential to attract, extramural funding.

The individual who is selected for this position will participate in developing collaborative research projects with faculty in the Department of Human Ecology and the Department of Nutrition. This position is one of two allocated to advance interdisciplinary approaches to the integrated field of nutrition, behavior and human development. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate core courses in human development such as Infancy & Early Childhood (HDE100A, 200A), Middle Childhood & Adolescence (100B, 200B), or Adulthood & Aging (HDE100A, 200A), and the Field Study with Children and Adolescence (HDE141), or Field Studies of the Elderly (HDE143), as well as courses in the candidate’s area of expertise (specific course examples include nutrition and brain and/or cognitive development, and nutrition and social-emotional development, nutrition education and/or interventions). 

The position has requirements for teaching, research, and university and public service in the area of human development, and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (  The successful applicant will have demonstrated the ability to conduct research and publish on topics related to human development, with a focus within any area of the lifespan. 

Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at . Applicants should submit the following information online:  a statement of teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, a statement of contributions to diversity, three samples of scholarly work, and the names and addresses of at least four references. The position will remain open until filled.  To ensure full consideration, completed applications should be received by October 16, 2016. 

Inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Zhe Chen ([email protected]), Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Human Ecology; or Dr. Kathryn Dewey ([email protected]), Department of Nutrition, Recruitment Committee Co-Chairs. 

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer, and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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Jul 27, 2016 10:20 AM to
Oct 16, 2016 10:20 AM


Department of Human Ecology

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