Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-DNS-TEACHRESFELL [#8950, WDR-00010148]
Position Title: Teaching & Research Fellow
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Nutrition
Starting Date:2017/02/27
Appl Deadline:2017/06/15** finished (2017/02/27, finished 2017/11/21)
Position Description:    

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

Teaching & Research Fellowship

Division of Nutritional Sciences

Cornell University


The Division of Nutrition Sciences is seeking a full-time, year-round, Teaching and Research Fellow with interest in developing skills and experience in university teaching in preparation for an academic career.  This position will start on July 1, 2017 and will be for a two-year period.  DNS Teaching Fellows devote 65% of their full-time effort to supporting our undergraduate curriculum in the areas of nutrition, physiology, or anatomy (see course descriptions below), 10% of their time to professional development in teaching through the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence, and 25% of their time to research. 

NS 3320 Methods in Nutritional Sciences (Fall. 3 credits) - Laboratory introduction to principles and analytical techniques of nutritional research. Emphasizes analytical concepts and skills required to determine nutrient function and nutritional status of individuals. Topics include methods of nutrient, metabolite, and enzyme analysis in body fluids; methods for assessing individual food intake and nutritional status; and methods for assessing the composition of foods.

NS 3410 Human Anatomy and Physiology (Spring. 4 credits). Introduces human anatomy and physiology by detailing the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms used to maintain homeostasis. Emphasis is given to aspects relevant to the nutritional sciences and medicine. Content includes language of anatomy, cells, tissue, integumentary, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, urinary, and reproductive systems. Clinical examples are provided to highlight perturbations and physiology of topics discussed. Evaluation is based on, iclicker-based class interaction, take home case studies, weekly quizzes, and a midterm and final.

NS 3420 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (Spring. 2 credits) Principles of human anatomy and physiology will be presented using anatomical models, drawings, dissections, and histology as well as interactive assessments of physiological functions and review of clinical case studies. Weekly lecture will provide content connections with NS 3410. Emphasis will be on location, recognition, and description of anatomical structure and relation to function. Content includes human body orientation and language of anatomy, histology, and regulation of various organ systems. Evaluation based on participation, two lab practicums, and lab written assignments.

NS 1150 Nutrition, Health, and Society (Fall. 3 credits) 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; and

NS 1160 Personalized Concepts and Controversies (Fall. 1 credit) Provides students enrolled in NS 1150 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. Sections begin meeting during the 2nd week of classes.

During the Academic Year (September-May)

DNS Teaching Fellows devote 90% of their effort to participating in the delivery of one course each semester.  Responsibilities include contributing to course content, holding office hours for enrolled students and responding to student questions through email, grading, delivering occasional lectures, and assisting with electronic course management (i.e. blackboard and tracking of electronic assignments), organizing graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants and overall administration of the course. 

DNS Teaching Fellows devote 10% of their effort to formal teaching and advising training by participating in DNS advising workshops and programs offered by Cornell’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).  The Center is designed to support individuals interested in becoming effective teachers at the college or university level by providing up to eight certificates in various areas of professional development in teaching.   Applicants can view these opportunities at https://www.cte.cornell.edu/programs-services/grads-future-educators-tas/index.html

During the Summer Months (June-August)

In total, 25% of the year’s effort is devoted to research. Research is undertaken during the summer months when Fellows are able to devote full time effort to research projects under the guidance of a faculty research mentor selected from within DNS.   Information about the research interests of DNS faculty can be found by visiting: http://www.human.cornell.edu/DNS/academic/facultyconcen.cfm. 

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. – Proof that all Ph.D. requirements have been fulfilled before the start date is required for any postdoc appointment at Cornell University.

Required Competencies:

  • Planning, organization, problem-solving, 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:

  • a CV;
  • a general letter of interest;
  • a teaching statement including the applicants preference for courses they are interested in supporting; and
  • a research statement including the names of 2-3 DNS faculty members the applicant would be interested in working with.
  • In addition applicants must arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation uploaded to Academic Jobs Online. 

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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