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Nutrition and Food Science - Ethnic Studies, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 534796
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Agriculture, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Department of Nutrition and Food Science
Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.
The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.
Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.
Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022. 57% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology, and computer science.
Inclusive Excellence and Student Success. We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.
*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below.
Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.
Inclusive Excellence Criteria:
1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and 9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.
Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture:
The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture offers a variety of applied science programs in Agricultural Science, Animal Health Science, Animal Science, Food Science & Technology, Nutrition Science and Dietetics, and Plant Science, as well as management and technology programs in Agribusiness & Food Industry Management and Apparel Merchandising & Management. We are the legacy College of Cal Poly Pomona and a foundational aspect of the university’s identity and heritage. Located in Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the nation with over 10 million people, and close to the second largest U.S. city, we are committed to the development and support of urban agriculture and of sustainable food, agriculture, and related systems in California.
Our educational programs prepare our students for exciting careers in the food, agriculture, nutritional health, animal health, and apparel sectors as well as opportunities in federal and state agencies. We are the primary provider of most undergraduate and graduate degree programs in these disciplines in Southern California. Our orchards, greenhouses, vineyards, large urban farm with organic certified acreage, animal units and laboratories, veterinary clinic, food science laboratories, experimental kitchens, and digital apparel design, production, and retail laboratories, provide hands on experiences for our students under Cal Poly Pomona’s “learn by doing” philosophy. Our students engage with the campus and local community, gaining practical experience working with faculty and staff in our AGRIscapes Center, the Discovery Farm and the Farm Store and with the extended community through industry internships, volunteer activities, and other interactions. Our faculty are engaged teacher-scholars with a strong commitment to student success, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Department of Nutrition and Food Science:
Our mission is to support a creative and innovative environment to prepare a diverse group of baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students through a learn-by-doing approach for careers in the nutrition and food science professions for the benefit of society. Our vision is to be a nationally recognized center of excellence in producing nutrition and food science leaders as well as creating and disseminating knowledge in collaboration with alumni, community, government and industry.
The Nutrition and Food Science department offer Bachelor’s degrees in Nutrition and Food Science. In Nutrition, the current options are Dietetics. Nutrition and Health, and Nutrition Science. The NFS department also offers a Master of Science in Agriculture under the Nutrition and Food Science option and a post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship Program.
Combined enrollments in all the programs account for over 600 students, with over 350 students enrolled in the Nutrition major. NFS department also offers minors in: Plant Based Foods and Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Food Safety, Culinology® and Nutrition, as well as several General Education courses open to all majors.
NFS department distinguishes itself amongst other departments as being part of a select group with nationally accredited programs. Our Science and Technology and Culinology® options under the FST program are approved by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Research Chefs Association (RCA), respectively. Our Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and our Dietetic Internship Program are both accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Our undergraduate programs prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers in the private sector as well as government agencies. Our programs also provide a strong academic background for graduate study and research.
Position description:
Teaching: The new faculty member will be a part of the University’s Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies Cluster and be expected to bring a scholarly understanding of the history, culture, and/or experience of minoritized groups to the study of Nutrition in their teaching.
The new faculty member will be expected to teach and develop a selection of undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Nutrition Science, and Nutrition and Health and Didactic Program in Dietetics curriculums, including Ethnic Studies of Food, Nutrition, and Health Disparities.
Research/Scholarship: The new faculty member will be expected to produce and develop a record of scholarly and research/creative activities, including securing internal and external funding, publications, and other contributions, commensurate with their area of expertise. The new faculty member will be expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate students for their scholarly, creative and research projects. Collaborative projects within and outside of the university are encouraged.
Service: The new faculty member will be expected to participate in undergraduate student advising. Committee service to the Department, College and University levels will also be expected. Departmental service includes curriculum development and program assessment and development. Active participation in Nutrition and professional societies at the local and national levels is expected.
The workload is based primarily on teaching; however, faculty are also expected to seek external funding to secure assigned (release) time for scholarly, creative, and research activities. Assigned (release) time will be provided during the first two years of the appointment mostly for the development of new courses to connect ES and Nutrition/Food, as well as one’s scholarly, creative, and research agenda.
The current document describing the NFS requirements for tenure and promotion is available via the Faculty Affairs website:
The new hire will be a part of the Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies Faculty and will have the opportunity to engage with the Office of Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies and the faculty affiliated with it. This is a space for collaboration across disciplines and methodological vantage points, mentorship, and professional development programming. The faculty hired as a part of the Ethnic Studies Cluster hiring initiative, and the resources to support them, are a key element of CPP’s ongoing efforts to ensure the flourishing of our diverse students and faculty and be the leading inclusive polytechnic university in the nation.
Minimum requirements include:
• An earned doctoral degree (Ph.D. DrPH, ScD, Ed.D. ) in Nutrition Education, Nutrition Research, Sustainable Food Systems, Food Studies, Public Health, Public Policy, Intercultural Education, Ethnic Studies, Latina/o/x Studies, African American Studies, Native American Studies, Asian American Studies, Women/Gender Studies, Urban Planning, Psychology, Kinesiology, or related Social Science fields such as Sociology, Anthropology from an accredited institution.
• Proof of degree completion by the start date of the position is required.
• Evidence of ability to bring Ethnic Studies perspectives to the study of Nutrition.
• A commitment and a record of contributions to student success through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service. This will be described in the Student Success Statement, which must address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
• Evidence of expertise in one or more of the following: the intersections of race,
social justice, cultural studies, anthropology, food studies, and diversity-equity-inclusion (DEI) as they relate to food, nutrition, health and wellbeing, sustainability and sustainable traditional food knowledge and practices, food sovereignty, equitable food, and healthcare access.
• University-level teaching experience
• Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence
• Experience supervising undergraduate and graduate students on scholarly, creative and research activities
• Active involvement in professional societies related to Nutrition, Ethnic Studies, and areas of expertise of the candidate
Conditions of Employment:
The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.
Application Process:
A completed application will consist of
• Cover letter in which you describe your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, including evidence of ability to bring Ethnic Studies perspectives to the study of
Nutrition; • A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your statement);
• Curriculum vitae;
• Teaching Philosophy statement (2 page max);
• Statement of scholarly, creative and research activities (2 page max);
• Three (3) recent letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s strengths relevant to this position;
• The names and contact information for at least five individuals that can serve as references;
• Unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, official transcripts will be required for finalists);
Finalists for the position will:
• be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview;
• Final candidates being interviewed are expected to make a presentation of scholarly/creative/research work and a teaching demonstration to faculty and interact with students.
The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than midnight on February 18, 2024.
Salary Range for 9-month academic year appointment: $80,000-$82,000
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Applications accepted ONLY via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.
Equal Opportunity Employer California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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