Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-DNS-DIRDNS [#11996, WDR-00016496]
Position Title: The Janet and Gordon Lankton Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Immunology
Nutrition / Biochemistry
Public Health
Genetics (more...)
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/09/17, finished 2019/11/11)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Janet and Gordon Lankton Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences

The opportunity

The Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, a Land Grant institution, seeks a creative, visionary leader who is an excellent scientist, thrives in a complex educational and administrative environment, and leads in a climate of collaboration, transparency, and shared governance. Housed in both the College of Human Ecology and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Division has long had a leading national and international role in research, teaching and public engagement broadly related to human nutrition. The successful candidate will lead the Division into its next era of excellence. This is a highly visible position nationally and it will enhance the career trajectory of the next Director.

The Division includes 33 tenured or tenure-track faculty members whose research, teaching and outreach and public engagement range from molecular nutrition to food policy, with a common interest in addressing the intersection between nutrition and health. The Division is a highly interdisciplinary unit that influences the field of nutrition through the development of new knowledge as well as shaping the practice of nutrition, including direct knowledge transfer to the global community through translation and implementation.  Focal areas for faculty research include precision nutrition, lifecycle nutrition, food and nutrition systems, and social and behavioral nutrition, with annual external research support of $9.2 million. These focal areas are complemented by related public engagement, including Cornell Cooperative Extension programs for limited-resource populations in New York State, and online continuing education for nutrition and health professionals. In addition, the Division is the only nutrition-focused Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization in North America.

The undergraduate program of the Division enrolls 724 students in four majors (Nutrition; Human Biology, Health and Society; Global and Public Health Sciences, and Biological Sciences with a concentration in nutrition) as well as two university-wide minors that together include 146 students. The Division is home to the Graduate Field of Nutrition, which includes 77 candidates for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and the Ph.D. combined with the R.D. credential. The Division also hosts graduate students from other graduate fields in which faculty are members.

Other education programs in the Division include the Graduate Field of Epidemiology, the Dietetics Internship and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies. As a reflection of the disciplinary breadth of DNS, faculty members belong to many other graduate fields at Cornell and centers across Cornell and within the Division. Division faculty members have clinical affiliations at Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of Rochester and other medical colleges.

Position summary

This position is a nine-month, full-salaried tenured position at the rank of endowed full professor.

The primary responsibilities of the Director include providing vision, leadership, and oversight of the Division’s instructional, research and public-engagement programs, managing the Division’s annual budget, and working closely with the Division’s administrative manager to ensure a workplace that is supportive of faculty, staff, and students.  The Director also plays a key role in campus-wide, national and international initiatives related to nutrition and health.  The Division Director reports to the Deans of the Colleges of Human Ecology and Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The next Director will be an internationally known and creative scholar with an active, externally funded research program as well as a substantial record of publication in recognized peer-reviewed publications or books. Candidates are expected to be recognized as leaders in their disciplines and interested in advancing the understanding of the connection between nutrition and health.  An interest in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level is required.  The ideal candidate will have the ability to balance administration, research, teaching, and public engagement.  Successful candidates must be able to work and thrive in an interdisciplinary setting.  Applicants are expected to have administrative leadership experience, as well as demonstrated ability to lead strategically and collaboratively and to communicate effectively with diverse groups, including students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders.


The candidate is expected to have:

A Ph.D., Sc.D., Dr.P.H. and/or M.D. or equivalent degree in nutrition or in a discipline related to nutrition, such as (but not limited to) biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, genetics, metabolism, systems biology, epidemiology, public health, social and behavioral sciences, medicine, physiology, and immunology;

Demonstrated scholarship related to nutrition and human health, in the broadest sense, should be central to the candidate’s research program;

Administrative leadership experience, knowledge about the current challenges facing higher education, and the ability to work in a complex organizational and administrative environment, and

An interest in building academic and administrative linkages among DNS program areas, and with other departments and centers throughout the university.


The candidate is expected to:

Perform the administrative activities commensurate with being the director of an academic program, collaboratively leading the Division as it carries out its mission, managing the Division’s budget, supervising faculty and staff, overseeing the Division’s educational, research and public engagement programs, and representing the Division at the College and University levels; 

Maintain a vigorous, cutting-edge research program that is externally funded;

Participate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences’ graduate and undergraduate teaching programs;

Mentor graduate students and advise undergraduate students;

Forge professional relationships within the Division of Nutritional Sciences and other academic units on campus, and

Support the Alumni Affairs and Development efforts in both colleges by showcasing the research, teaching and public engagement of the Division.

The Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the College of Human Ecology and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply. In addition, Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples, has a dual-career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual-career searches.

Interested applications should provide a cover letter that describes their interests and qualifications for this position, their curriculum vitae and a list of publications, and the names of three references who could be contacted during the search process.  These items should be submitted to, Questions about the position should be directed to Professor Kathleen Rasmussen, Search Committee Chair, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Savage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853;  Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2018.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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

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