Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-DNS-LECTNUTRPUBLICHLTH2 [#10465, WDR-00013005]
Position Title: Lecturer in Nutrition and Public Health
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Public Health
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2017/11/13, finished 2018/11/18)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Lecturer in Nutrition and Public Health

Division of Nutritional Sciences

Cornell University

The Division of Nutrition Sciences is seeking a fulltime ninemonth Lecturer to start on July 1, 2018.

Every spring this Lecturer will coteach a course that requires public health and/or nutrition expertise.  In addition, they will be expected to design and deliver a three-credit course, which has broad appeal on campus and aligns with their expertise, and start delivering this course during the second year of their appointment.

Every fall this Lecturer will provide overall course management and support for two large threecredit undergraduate courses (NS1150 Nutrition Health & Society and NS1600 Introduction to Public Health) and be solely responsible for two smaller courses related to NS1150 (NS1160 Personalized Concepts & Controversies and NS4030 Teaching Apprenticeship).

This Lecturer will also advise twenty undergraduate students and supervise and mentor the Division’s two Teaching and Research Fellows.

The first year this Lecturer will work from July 1, 2018 through the end of the semester (approximately May 15, 2019). The following years they will work only during the academic year (approximately August 15 through May 15). However, they will be appointed for the entire calendar year and will be paid in twentyfour installments for their work.

NS1150 (Nutrition Health and Society) is a threecredit fall course that discusses the facts and fallacies concerning the role that nutrition, exercise, and other health behaviors play in preventing disease, maintaining good health, and maximizing athletic performance. Emphasis is on understanding the biological mechanisms through which good nutrition and regular exercise affect psychological and physical health.

NS1160 (Personalized Concepts and Controversies) is a onecredit fall course that provides students enrolled in NS1150 individualized assistance in many skills including using computers to analyze diets, finding and using scientific references, understanding and criticizing scientific articles, and reviewing material presented in lectures. This course is instructed by the Undergraduate Teaching Assistants enrolled in NS4030.

NS1600 (Introduction to Public Health) is a threecredit fall course that provides the basic principles, practices, and policies of public health, including an introduction to the infrastructure and organization of public health; methods of data collection and surveillance; disease promotion and prevention; health disparities; and the achievements, challenges, and controversies in the field.

NS4030 (Teaching Apprenticeship) is a fivecredit SU or letter grade course for the Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) assigned to NS1150 and NS1160.

Responsibilities Include:

NS1150 & NS1600:

  • Contribute to course content
  • Administer the course including electronic course management.

  • Hold office hours for enrolled students.

  • Respond to student questions through email.

  • Develop exam questions.

  • Grade assignments.

  • Deliver occasional lectures.

  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants.

  • Prepare and update course material (syllabus, group activities, presentations, etc.)

  • Coordinate scheduling of guest lecturers and coordinate parking accommodations, etc.


  • Develop syllabi for NS1160 and NS4030, including learning outcomes.

  • Develop and deliver lectures on various pedagogical techniques, for example, how to write lesson plans, how to develop a good relationship with students, developing a daily agenda for class, how to lead a discussion, how to create effective learning environments, how to design teaching to accommodate multiple learning styles, methods for evaluating assignments, etc.;

  • Instruct teaching assistants in the development of teaching tools, such as review guides, flow charts, miniquizzes and other materials. Develop evaluation methods for NS 4030 teaching assistants/students, including assignments, teaching observations, student evaluations, peer evaluations, and selfreflection using ePortfolio and assign grades.

  • Instruct NS4030 teaching assistants in theory and methods for developing student evaluations of their teaching.

  • Develop ePortfolio site for teaching assistants’ assignments and reflection.

  • Manage the 70’s Club, a weekly tutorial session for NS1150 students run by Undergraduate Teaching Assistants.

  • Assign grades for NS1160 students.

  Required qualifications: M.P.H or M.S. in Nutrition or Public Health and teaching experience.

Preferred qualifications: PhD in Nutrition or Public Health, R.D. credential, experience with BlackBoard and e‐Portfolio.

Required Competencies:

  • Planning, organization, problemsolving, and coordination;

  • Good public speaking skills;

  • Ability to work as a member of a team and under pressure;

  • Ability to lead and organize teaching teams comprised of graduate and undergraduate students;

  • Proficiency using the electronic medium and software packages such as email and internet browsers, Microsoft Office Word Suite, especially Word, Excel and Power Point.

Application Requirements:

The following documents must be uploaded when applying through Academic Jobs on Line:

  • a CV;

  • general letter of interest; and

  • a teaching statement.

In addition the applicant must arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded to Academic Jobs Online, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10465.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Cornell University
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853

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