Job Posting: Asst/Assoc Professor and Nutrition Extension Specialist

A tenured/tenure track position, Asst/Assoc Professor and Nutrition Extension Specialist in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences is now posted at

As it pertains to Extension, Engagement and Outreach, the successful candidate will provide leadership to Extension nutrition education efforts for diet-related chronic disease prevention for diverse audiences, through the following activities:

  • Assess statewide nutritional needs.
  • Assess statewide needs and capacity for programming.
  • Develop and evaluate strategies and programs targeted to these needs.
  • Train agents and other professionals in nutrition concepts and program delivery.
  • Provide technical assistance for nutrition issues.
  • Develop partnerships inside and outside of NC State University.

Specifically, this position will provide programmatic expertise for the intersection of food, nutrition, and health. This includes the area of food, nutrients in food, and food preparation. The successful applicant will train agents and develop programs in the area of food, nutrition, and chronic disease risk reduction related to healthy eating and physical activity. This faculty member will develop and evaluate new delivery strategies that use technology to reach a broader audience with research-based information. This position will also serve as lead for the SNAP-Ed contract with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This contract has grown to over $1.6M with the potential for additional growth. This person will oversee the writing of the yearly contract, lead the grant-funded SNAP-Ed team, and develop new and innovative strategies to reach limited resource families with healthy eating messages.

As it pertains to Research, the successful candidate will have an active scholarship agenda, contributing to the body of nutrition education knowledge through the following activities:

  • Conduct applied research in the field of nutrition education.
  • Focus on identifying the needs and developing and evaluating diet, nutrition, and health (prevention of diet-related chronic disease) educational programming for all residents of North Carolina.
  • Achieve progress in enhancing the field of nutrition education for adults and families by augmenting the arts of teaching and learning to bring about changes in knowledge, attitude, skills, and/or behavior.
  • Disseminate study findings and program results through publishing and presenting at professional conferences.

Specifically, the successful candidate will develop an independent research agenda that seeks to understand best practices for delivering information on food, nutrition, and wellness to consumers using technology and social media with emphasis on reaching limited resource audiences. Research of delivery strategies for health messages with a high level of rigor would create evidence-based models that could be used across the country. Of particular interest will be research projects that examine the use of social marketing to deliver health messages. The socioecological approach to wellness may also be a research area for this individual, seeking to examine best practices for implementation of systems and environmental change related to nutrition, health, and wellness.

For more information contact search committee chair, Dr. Ben Chapman at To apply go to: