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Nutritional Science Assistant Professor

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Nutritional Science Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Agriculture

California State University, Fresno
Jordan College of Agricultural Science & Technology
Department of Food Science and Nutrition


Nutritional Science

Assistant Professor

Tenure Track

Fall 2024 (August 2024)

General: California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. California State University, Fresno, is a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s Central Valley, known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada. The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (JCAST) is one of eight colleges / schools at Fresno State. The Department of Food Science and Nutrition is one of six departments in JCAST. Students majoring within the department are prepared for a wide range of professions in the nutrition field and food industry. Located within the center of the world's most productive growing and processing region, the department is ideally situated to provide students with both a strong academic and practical experience.

The Department of Food Science and Nutrition at California State University, Fresno invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2024. Teaching responsibilities would include undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the Nutritional Science and Dietetics Program and/or related face to face and online undergraduate and graduate courses in the department. The faculty are expected to provide academic and professional/career advising, supervise research projects, theses, and senior projects for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, develop an externally funded research program, involve student participation in their research, and participate in service activities both within and beyond the campus community as well as involvement in professional organizations. The candidate should have an established research interest in nutrition science or related fields and develop a plan for continuation of research.  Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D or related terminal degree) in Nutritional Science or closely-related disciplines (including but not limited to nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, or biology) from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required.
  • Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, for appointment, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2024
  • Required Experience:

  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting research related to human metabolism regulation, epigenetics, gut microbiome, or environmental nutrition is essential. This should include a strong publication record and a demonstrated ability to secure external research funding.
  • Preferred Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Postdoctoral research experience in a relevant field is highly preferred. This experience should include a significant contribution to research projects and the development of research skills.
  • Experience in integrating sustainability principles into curriculum development and research is a strong asset. Candidates with a background in sustainable nutrition practices and education are encouraged to apply.
  • Application Procedures:  To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by December 8, 2023; review of applications may continue until the position is filled.  This position automatically closes on March 31, 2024. Note: All positions at Fresno State are subject to funding availability.

    Apply online at:

    Attach the following:

  • Letter of interest or cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three professional references
  • Statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline.  The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  • Three current letters of recommendation (dated within 12 months of full consideration date.)
  • Official transcripts
  • Committee Information and Search process:

    Search Chair:   Shabnam Pooya, PhD
                           Department of Food Science and Nutrition
                           Jordan College of Agricultural Science & Technology

    About Fresno State

    California State University, Fresno is an engaged university. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Fresno State is committed and dedicated to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior.

    Fresno State is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The university has had a strong history of service and preparation of educators since the institution’s founding as a Normal School in 1911. Fresno State is ranked sixth in the nation for social mobility in the Wall Street Journal/College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges.  Fresno State is ranked 26th in the nation by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research, and promoting public service. The campus is classified as an R2 university (Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity) per the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

    Tenure-track faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the university’s Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit The campus also supports faculty success through services provided by the Office of IDEAS ( ).

    Territorial Acknowledgement

    The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

    Other Campus Information

    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based on the results of the background investigation.

    The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

    California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

    California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

    COVID19 Vaccination Policy

    Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

    Advertised: 13 Oct 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: 31 Mar 2024 Pacific Daylight Time

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