Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism, 2-Year Contractually-Limited
College: College of Biological Science
Department: Human Health and Nutritional Sciences
Date Posted: September 27, 2022
Deadline: October 31, 2022
Please reference AD #22-68
The Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph invites applications for a two-year contractually-limited position at the Assistant Professor level.
The successful candidate will have the majority of their effort dedicated to teaching, mainly at the undergraduate level. The expectation is that the successful candidate will teach 5 courses per year and also contribute to service within the department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. Courses may include undergraduate teaching at the senior level in the BASc degree program in Kinesiology at the University of Guelph-Humber, and undergraduate and graduate courses in the Honours BSc students in the Human Kinetics and Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences program at the University of Guelph.
Qualifications for the position include a PhD in a field of human nutrition, exercise and metabolism or related field. The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge base in the areas of human nutrition, metabolism and exercise. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of teaching excellence and pedagogical creativity. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their student-centered approach to teaching with strong collaboration skills. The ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere is essential. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to include diverse perspectives and experiences and work with diverse communities as well as a demonstrated commitment to accessible and inclusive teaching practice. Teaching needs will be subject to change so the successful candidate needs to be flexible and adaptable. Opportunities exist for involvement in graduate courses, and engagement with faculty and graduate student research programs. We routinely foster professional development opportunities. Potential courses to be taught may include Fundamentals of Nutrition, Genomics of Exercise and Disease and Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.
We welcome and appreciate candidates with a range of backgrounds and experiences. If you have a PhD in a field of human nutrition, exercise and metabolism or related field and meet most of the other qualifications we are looking for, please consider applying! The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary department with ~28 faculty and an excellent record of research in human health, exercise, nutrition, metabolism, biomechanics and physiology as well as teaching and learning, who employ a wide range of techniques and methodologies at multiple levels of biological organization to advance the fields of human health and nutritional sciences.
In the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and the College of Biological Science, we value diversity and inclusivity because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and the creation of a modern, representative academic community. The Department is committed to developing and maintaining a culture that is positive, collegial, and respectful of all members, and in which wellness and healthy work-life balance are valued along with and contribute to excellence in research and teaching. To develop an inclusive and vibrant departmental culture, the Department maintains standing committees focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Mental Health and Wellness and has developed specific recommendations for faculty hiring that incorporate these important issues. There is a Department of Human Health and Nutritional Science’s EDI statement.
The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.
Assessment of applications will begin October 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials, preferably in a single PDF:
- Cover Letter
- Teaching dossier describing your overall teaching philosophy, specific examples of teaching strategies that have been used effectively in previous courses or that you wish to employ in future courses, evidence of pedagogical innovation and creativity, and a summary of your potential teaching contributions to the department. (max 5 pages)
- Equity, diversity and inclusion statement describing your history of advocacy and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and the strategies you plan to use to ensure your teaching, and mentorship activities provide equitable opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment in your courses. (max 1 page)
- Names and contact information of 3 references
Applications should be sent by email to:
Dr. Coral Murrant Professor and Department Chair Human Health and Nutritional Sciences College of Biological Science University of Guelph Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.
The University of Guelph campus resides on the land and territory of the Mississauga’s of the Credit within the Between the Lakes Purchase, Treaty 3. We also recognize that the unique relationships between the Anishinnabe and Hodinöhsö:ni' peoples, this land and each other have existed long before colonialism and continue to this day. We acknowledge that these relationships with the land highlight our responsibility as an institution to work towards eliminating the colonial power structures that result in systemic inequity for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples. To begin this work, we must not only be willing to listen and reflect, but also change to ensure decisions made today at all levels of the university reflect Indigenous voices and the “Calls to Action” set forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our College.
If you have a medical condition that requires accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.
Summary of Stated Critiera
- Ph.D. in an area consistent with the areas of human nutrition, exercise and metabolism
- Primary expertise in the areas of nutrition, exercise and metabolism
- Evidence of publication in the areas of nutrition, exercise and metabolism
- Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence and effectiveness and pedagogical innovation and creativity at the undergraduate level
- Demonstrated commitment to student-centred approach to teaching
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable
- Willingness to engage with teaching technologies
- Able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences
EDI and Collegiality:
- Commitment to a departmental culture that is positive, collegial, and respectful of all members, and in which wellness and healthy work-life balance are valued
- Diversity statement (1 page max):
- Describe history of advocacy and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion both professionally and personally
- Describe strategies to ensure the applicant’s teaching, and mentorship activities will provide equitable opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and will foster a welcoming and inclusive environment in their courses and research group