Dean, School of Nutrition

Reporting to the VP of Academic Affairs, the Founding Dean of the School of Nutrition is responsible for the leadership of all aspects of the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) and the Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership (MSNBL) programs.  This leader will pioneer the success of SCNM’s online nutrition programs by providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction for the School of Nutrition.  The Dean will provide oversight, support, and advancement of the MS programs including faculty development, curricular integrity, assessment, student success, and academic personnel.  They will participate in planning, hiring, and training initiatives as well as accreditation activities.  By improving educational outcomes, fostering student success, and facilitating student and faculty retention through a positive and supportive educational environment, the Dean supports SCNM’s Strategic Plan and Academic Affairs’ department goals of:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Continuous Improvement, and
  • Mission-Focused Growth and Sustainability


The Dean, School of Nutrition:

  1. Creates an innovative School of Nutrition incorporating evidence-based pedagogy in nutritional science and supportive technology
  2. Develops and implements a strategic plan for the School of Nutrition in consultation with the President and VPAA; Provides system-wide leadership and facilitation for design, implementation, and improvement of the online MSCN and MSNBL programs
  3. Ensures that ACNPE accreditation standards are met in preparing MSCN students for nutrition practice in the 21st century
  4. Acts as the primary contact for, and fosters and maintains relationships with, the MSNBL Advisory Council; Serves as a spokesperson for the School of Nutrition with internal and external constituents
  5. Engages in fundraising efforts for the School of Nutrition by supporting Development Department in identifying and cultivating new donors and stewarding existing donors
  6. Promotes excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service
  7. Prepares annual budget recommendations; Oversees budget development of the nutrition academic departments; Ensures academic operations are within budget
  8. Reviews and approves all evaluations and files regarding the hiring, reappointment, promotion, or dismissal of faculty
  9. Works collaboratively with faculty to establish priorities and standards of excellence for the nutrition academic programs and activities, and ensures integration with SCNM’s Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan
  10. Leads faculty development activities
  11. Oversees the annual evaluation of faculty
  12. Acts as a liaison between SCNM, the School of Nutrition, and accreditation agencies
  13. Provides leadership and direction regarding self-assessment and other activities related to accreditation and best practices
  14. Participates in the culture of continuous improvement
  15. Participates in collaborative leadership
  16. Participates in shared governance
  17. Participates in strategic planning activities
  18. Uses discretion and maintains confidentiality


Other Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as a mentor and role model to Department Chairs and faculty
  2. Work collaboratively as part of the academic team and SCNM community
  3. Communicate clear performance expectations for course management, delivery, and design and seek feedback on relevant course, programmatic, and institutional matters
  4. Serve on various institutional committees as a representative of the School of Nutrition
  5. Provide timely response to communications
  6. Monitor team morale and satisfaction; Ensure Department Chairs and faculty feel supported and engaged
  7. Keep abreast of developments in nutrition by reading current literature, engaging colleagues, participating in professional organizations, tradeshows, and/or conferences
  8. Work inter-departmentally to improve student retention, increase student success rates, and enhance partnership and outreach opportunities
  9. Facilitate the ongoing evaluation and improvement of curricula, learning outcomes, and competencies
  10. Promote SCNM’s vision, mission, and core values internally and to external constituencies
  11. Other administrative responsibilities as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Terminal degree in the field of nutrition, or related field, or earned doctorate (i.e. ND, DC, PhD, MD, DO) from a regionally accredited institution
  2. A master’s level degree in educational leadership or related field from a regionally accredited institution
  3. Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists or Registered Dietician/Nutritionist (RD/RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration is preferred
  4. Ability to meet criteria for appointment at the level of Associate Professor or above
  5. Demonstrated ability to function in a leadership role in an academic environment
  6. A minimum of five years of teaching, service, and scholarship experience at a post-baccalaureate college or university
  7. Proven experience in nutrition consulting or public health nutrition, and/or the natural products industry is preferred
  8. A strong publication record of scholarly and/or creative achievement
  9. Demonstrated knowledge of graduate pedagogy, professional programs and their standards, assessments, and evaluations. Commitment to the highest level of academic and personal integrity, high academic standards, diversity and intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and continued professional development
  10. Strong management and leadership skills; ability to create, implement, and support strategic goals
  11. Experience with higher education academic processes, program review, curriculum development, and design
  12. Record of success forging and leading interprofessional collaboration and learning
  13. Experience with online teaching and learning; blended and/or online instruction experience preferred
  14. Proven ability to work independently and use technology to communicate professionally; responding in real-time to e-mail
  15. Skill in organizing resources, analyzing and solving problems, establishing priorities and making evaluative judgments
  16. Ability to inspire, positive attitude, confidence, commitment, excellent oral and written communication, sense of humor, creativity, intuition, honesty, and ability to delegate
  17. Computer skills: proficient with MS Office products; familiarity with the Canvas LMS.
  18. Ability to meet the public in situations requiring tact, diplomacy and poise. Practice of confidential discretion required.
  19. Demonstrate SCNM’s core values: We Achieve Excellence, We Love, We Do the Right Thing, We Are Resilient, We Shape the Future.


Working Environment:        

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extensive periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Frequent communication with internal and external individuals is required to perform essential functions.


All employees at SCNM undergo a background and drug screen prior to hire. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory outcome of all screens required of this position. All applicants must show documentation of vaccinations or provide titer results for measles. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory outcome of all screens required of this position.

SCNM is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status.

SCNM is a Smoke-Free campus.

Documents needed to apply

  • Cover letter
  • CV

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to hr@scnm.edu.