Food and Nutrition Policy

Assistant or Associate Professor

Dual Appointment in the Division of Medical Dietetics (37.5%, Tenure Unit) and John Glenn College of Public Affairs (12.5%), Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation (50%)

Focus Area
Food and AgriCultural Transformation


The Initiative for Food And Agricultural Transformation (InFACT), in conjunction with the Medical Dietetics and Health Sciences Division of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University invites applications for a 12-month, tenure-track position at the advanced assistant or associate professor level for a food policy scholar able to work at the intersections between food, nutrition and human health. The level of food and nutrition policy research can be local, state, national or international; with the types of analyses considering outcomes such as food security, obesity, consumer knowledge and behavior, firm and non-profit strategies among others. We seek candidates with experience in interdisciplinary research within community-based interventions, education, policy, and dissemination of transformational research. The faculty member will initiate new research projects with colleagues across campus, and thus, strengthen the university's research on food and nutrition policy. The ideal candidate will have a strong publication record, teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and clear potential to develop an interdisciplinary research program firmly grounded in food and nutrition policy. The successful candidate should have a strong potential or track record for external funding. Evidence of successful experience in working effectively with community partners/outreach colleagues is preferred.

This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas by which the university is building on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to bridge disciplines and work collaboratively. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary team of over 50 existing faculty and many external partners working toward food security. The faculty member will initiate new transformative research projects with colleagues across campus and thus strengthen the university's research on the role of food and nutrition policy.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. degree requirements by fall 2017. Successful candidates will likely have doctorates in public management or public policy, nutrition, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, or a related field. A strong record of scholarly productivity in food and nutrition policy is expected. Ability and desire to work in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research teams. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate's experience and qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Highly desirable candidates will have practical experience, university teaching experience, and experience mentoring members of underrepresented groups. Experience developing, leading or working in interdisciplinary research teams.

About OSU

The Medical Dietetics Program was the first coordinated program in the country and has developed a national and international reputation as a model for dietetics education. The School also has a strong and growing PhD program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a dual degree option, leading to the PhD for motivated individuals to pursue academic careers in dietetics. Our Health Sciences Program is the School's general undergraduate degree, and presently admits over 250 students per year. Traditional college students in this degree program are often destined for graduate school in a health care profession, and many are in the honors and scholars program. Additionally, we recently launched a creative distance learning option to extend the reach of this, as a pathway to the bachelor's degree, for many health care professionals with the associate's degree. We are located in a major academic medical center with the largest grouping of health sciences programs in the nation.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is the newest college at The Ohio State University. Our curricular offerings include the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration and In-Career Master of Arts in Public Administration; dual master's degrees with schools of Law, City and Regional Planning, Public Health, Natural Resources, Social Work, Business Administration, and Agricultural/Environmental/Development Economics; a joint degree in Arts Policy and Administration; a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management; a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs; a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis; and a variety of undergraduate and graduate minors. For more information about the Glenn College, please visit our website. The Glenn College is located in a state-of-the-art building, Page Hall, in the center of the University campus. The Ohio State University, the flag-ship public university of Ohio, is located in the state's capital, Columbus, providing direct access to public sector organizations and practitioners from all levels of government, as well as a large and vibrant nonprofit and philanthropic community. Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States and was recently rated by Forbes as the No. 1 opportunity city in the country.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.