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: Ashlee Linares-Gaffer, MS, RDN-AP, FAND

Website: https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/14224?c=arizona

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Systems, Food Management, Business Management, Public Health, or related field.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Systems, Food Management, Business Management, Public Health, or related field.
  • 3 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 and Wellness at the UA Yuma Campus in Fall 2023. Applicants should have a broad knowledge of nutrition and dietetics with an emphasis in foods management 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 school, 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 located 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 lead instructor for students participating in food science and management coursework in the undergraduate Nutritional Sciences degree and the Applied Nutrition – Dietetics Graduate Program (GP) (time allocation: 90%). This position will also be responsible for managing the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness Foods Lab at the UA Yuma campus, and service responsibilities (time allocation: 10%). In addition, this position will maintain 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 community members.

Teaches assigned courses, labs, and workshops during the academic year, as well as:

  • Maintains continuing education to support proficiency in teaching content areas.
  • Works with diverse student populations and learning styles.
  • Develops and maintains academic excellence through practice-relevant inquiry.
  • Cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset in all students, changing the culture mindset from “get a job” to “create a job.”
  • Contribute to regional STEM career resources (e.g., websites that lists jobs, internships, and other STEM opportunities.

Oversees the Nutritional Sciences and Wellness Foods Lab and:

  • Develops and implements protocols for maintaining food safety.
  • Maintains a safe working environment for all students and visitors who utilize the lab.
  • Provides experiential learning opportunities to students at the UA Yuma Campus to learn and apply principles of food science and foodservice management.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with community stakeholders to create innovative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial opportunities to engage students and the community in the lab.
  • Practices sound management of resources, including transparent budgetary and personnel management.
  • Will also support large Agriculture/Educational/ Community events (100 people plus), including conferences, camps, etc.
  • Works with UA Yuma staff and faculty and department leadership to explore, identify, and apply for external funding opportunities and initiatives from state and national sources, including state and federal agencies (e.g., Dept. of Education and USDA training grants) and other government funded opportunities, as well as economic development organizations. Grants will fund both student support programs and capital needs for the continued expansion of infrastructure. Will work with the grant coordinator tasked with the planning and implementing of the grants awarded, including the supervision of grants involving interns, monitoring of expenditures, working with support agencies, schools, and industry partners, tracking results, and analyzing data which will be used in generating both grant status and final reports.

Advising and Mentoring:

  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with the academic advisors, faculty, and student support staff at the UA Yuma campus.
  • Serves as an advisor to the MANNRS-Nutrition Club.
  • Provides direct mentoring and career advising to students.
  • Create exceptional new opportunities in STEM experiential education through student career experiences.
  • Build on the region’s existing collaborative environment to support internships, mentoring, industry projects, apprenticeships, and co-ops for students with community employers.


  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Relationship building skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Additional duties may be assigned.