Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-DNS-LECTNUTRPUBHEALTH [#11435, WDR-00015712]
Position Title: Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University -- Lecturer in Nutrition and Public Health
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Public Health
Nutrition / Biological Sciences
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/07/16, finished 2019/02/03, listed until 2018/07/29)
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 at Cornell is seeking a fulltime ninemonth Lecturer to start as soon as possible.

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).


Every spring this Lecturer will support a course that requires biological and/or nutritional sciences expertise.  In addition, they will be expected to design and deliver a threecredit course, which has broad appeal on campus and aligns with their expertise, and will start delivering this course during the second year of their appointment.

This Lecturer will also advise twenty undergraduate students starting in the second year of their appointment.  This lecturer is expected to work during the academic year (approximately August 16 through May 15), but will be appointed for the entire calendar year and paid in twenty four installments for their academic year work.  

Specific courses this lecturer will support include the following, although changes may be made based on programmatic needs:  

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.

NS3420 (Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory) is a 2-credit spring course that covers the principles of human anatomy and physiology will be presented using anatomical models, drawings, dissections, and histology as well as interactive noninvasive assessment of physiological functions and review of clinical case studies. 

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 3-5 lectures in NS1600.
  • 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.

  • Contribute to course content
  • Administer the course including electronic course management.
  • Hold office hours for enrolled students.
  • Respond to student questions through email.
  • Develop and set up of exam questions.
  • Grade assignments and exams.
  • Deliver occasional lecture’s
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants.
  • Prepare and update course material (syllabus, group activities, presentations, etc.).
  • Management of teaching lab access and lab-based teaching supplies.  

Required qualifications:  M.P.H or M.S. in Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Public Health or a related field and teaching experience.

Preferred qualifications: PhD in Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Public Health or a related field, 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 online:

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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

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