Position Title: Assistant Professor of Practice
Company: School of Nutritional Sciences & Wellness – University of Arizona
City: Yuma, AZ

Salary: $75,000 – $85,000
Start Date: 08/01/2023

Contact: Kayle Skorupski, PhD, MS, RDN-AP, CNSC, FAND

Website: https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/14231?c=arizona

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Systems, Food Management, Business Management, Public Health, or related field.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Systems, Food Management, Business Management, Public Health.
  • Three or more years of experience in a professional nutrition setting.
  • Experience working with learning management systems.
  • Experience working with students/interns in a professional work setting.

Job Description:

We are seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice to begin teaching for the School of Nutritional Sciences at the UA Yuma Campus in Fall 2023. Applicants should have a broad knowledge of nutrition and dietetics with an emphasis in clinical nutrition to spearhead teaching and experiential learning with undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will participate in scholarly activities (i.e., research, grant writing, publications, presentations) as part of their professional development and provide service on committees for the department, college, and university, as well as service to state, national, and professional organizations. Research collaborations with students are particularly valued.

This Assistant Professor of Practice position is in Yuma, Arizona at the UA Yuma Academic Center which offers a warm climate and a vibrantly diverse culture. The UA Yuma Academic Center provides leadership and support for the center’s multi-disciplinary teaching and Hispanic Serving Student Success programs committed to addressing barriers in the field, to anti-bias practices, to mentoring under-represented students, and shares a vision of bringing transformational educational experiences to those students. The UA Yuma Academic Center programs seek to establish a world-class platform in the desert southwest to support STEM workforce development and increase opportunities for entrepreneurial innovation and economic growth in Yuma, Imperial Valley, and LaPaz Counties.

Primary responsibility is to serve as the preceptor for acute care clinical rotations for students participating in Applied Nutrition – Dietetics Graduate Program (GP) graduate degree and the Medical Nutrition therapy labs and workshops in the Nutritional Sciences undergraduate program. This position will also be responsible for teaching undergraduate and professional graduate courses in the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness as assigned (time allocation: 80%) and will work with the program director to assure that the program meets the accreditation criteria established by ACEND (time allocation: 10%) as well as other service responsibilities (time allocation: 10%). In addition, this position maintains strong ties and goodwill with diverse audiences, such as agricultural commodity and support organizations, regulatory agencies, environmental groups, local and statewide governmental agencies, members of urban and rural clientele groups, and consumers.

Serves as the preceptor/instructor for students during acute care clinical supervised experiential learning (SEL) and:

  • Teaches and guides students in application of evidence-based practice and clinical theory; evaluates and grades clinical competencies of students.
  • Directs hands-on experience for students to promote clinical reasoning and application skills.
  • Develops relevant assignments in preparation for clinical SEL.
  • Provides didactic lectures and workshops to students relevant to SEL.
  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with clinical nutrition department leaders at clinical SEL sites.

Teaches assigned courses during academic year and:

  • Maintains continuing education to support proficiency in teaching content areas.
  • Possesses experience with diverse student populations and learning styles.
  • Develops and maintains academic excellence through practice-relevant inquiry.
  • Contributes to the development of grant-funded programs and initiatives to expand opportunities for students.

Advising and Mentoring:

  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with the academic advisors, faculty, and student support staff at the UA Yuma campus.
  • Provides direct mentoring and career advising to students.
  • Supervises and mentors independent student projects including research, internship, and independent study.


  • Participates in K-14 pipeline development activities, including guest presentations and recruitment events.
  • Represents the unit on community and industry work groups and advisory boards.
  • Serves on school and other university committees as needed.
  • Remains active in professional associations.

ACEND Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with GP program director and DPD Program director to optimize the collection and analysis of data to support program assessment plans.
  • Advise students.
  • Meets with external parties of interest to solicit feedback regarding programmatic management and opportunities for improvement and growth.
  • Maintains RDN status and continuing education requirements and specialty practice certification in pertinent practice areas.

*Additional duties may be assigned.

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