Director, School of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Acadia University
  • Acadia University, University Avenue, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Jan 31, 2021
Full time Health Sciences, OT, PT, Kinesiology Deans & Directors

Job Description


Director, School of Nutrition and Dietetics


Position # 20705

Acadia University invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics (SND), within the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FPAS) at the level of Associate or Full Professor. 

This position requires a visionary and dynamic leader to guide and foster a collaborative and collegial work environment with SND faculty, staff, and students. This leader will build and maintain strong relationships within the SND, across FPAS, the university, and with external partners. To support this leadership role, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the ability to communicate in multiple ways to diverse audiences.   

Guided by the Purpose of the SND and the University Strategic and Research Plans, the Director is expected to make sound and effective management decisions under highly dynamic conditions. This includes building teams, applying fairness in decision making, managing and prioritizing unexpected roles and tasks, and fostering shared leadership in a workplace that is governed by academic, professional and union guidelines.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate scholarly leadership. Building on existing faculty and student strengths, Acadia prioritizes candidates who will support and accelerate achievements in research and curriculum, build on program strengths, and work to strengthen the role of SND within the FPAS and the University to ensure excellence in undergraduate education. The Director will be expected to contribute to this learning environment through research and teaching. 

Acadia encourages applicants who have creative ideas about supporting scholarly activity. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting different approaches to research, supporting the value of multiple ways of knowing, working with faculty to identify and obtain research funding, and supporting undergraduate student involvement in research.  This also includes valuing and understanding nutrition and dietetics pedagogy, the fields of work graduates enter, as well as the opportunities for, and the value of, student leadership in research and practice.



Preferred and Required Qualifications

Applicants must demonstrate that they have earned a PhD in a relevant field of study, be registered as a dietitian with a provincial regulatory body, and a member of Dietitians of Canada.  

Application Details

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae that covers areas of leadership, professional service, outreach, mentoring, teaching, and research.  Applicants are to identify three referees (with telephone and email information) at the time of application who can be contacted should the applicant be shortlisted. 

Please submit applications in one PDF to: Dr. Suzie Currie, Dean, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science and Chair of the Selection Committee, email: 

Review of application packages will begin on March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  The position begins on July 1, 2021, or as negotiated by the successful applicant.  

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Acadia University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and persons of any minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Consistent with the principles of employment equity, the primary criteria for appointment to a position are qualifications and professional excellence. Candidates who identify as a member of one of the afore-mentioned groups, are invited to submit the online Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form as part of their application package. 

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodations that consider an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation(s) because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact Patti Davis, Administrative Manager, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (

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Application Deadline

Review of application packages will begin on March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.