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Program Director & Assistant Professor- Clinical Nutrition

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
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Nutrition and Dietetics

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Welcome to the University of North Texas System. The UNT System includes the University of North Texas in Denton and Frisco, the University of North Texas at Dallas and UNT Dallas College of Law, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region. We are growing with the North Texas region, employing more than 14,000 employees, educating a record 49,000+ students across our system, and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

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Department Summary

At HSC, we are preparing for the future of health care and fulfilling our mission to create solutions for a healthier community. A large body of scientific literature supports a strong relationship between lifestyle habits and health. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of chronic disease conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and some types of cancer are directly attributable to lifestyle behaviors. As a result, 75% of our healthcare dollars go toward treating these lifestyle-related conditions. This model of care is not sustainable. Therefore, there is a growing demand for providers who can cost-effectively address lifestyle behaviors to promote sustainable change for optimal health and well-being.The Department of Personalized Health and Well-Being is filling this gap by bringing together an interprofessional team to develop innovative educational programs and research endeavors that focus on merging evidence-based lifestyle medicine with National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) coaching competencies. Our graduates will have foundational knowledge and skills that will prepare them to empower others to mobilize internal strengths and external resources in order to achieve true self-care reform.

Position Overview

The Founding Program Director provides academic, strategic, and operational leadership for the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Coordinated Program. This leadership position requires strong collaboration and engagement with faculty, staff, and students to ensure the programs success. The Program Director is accountable for program development, implementation, management, oversight, and administration. Additionally, they must achieve and maintain program and discipline specific accreditation, comply with applicable standards, and adhere to university policies and practices. This position is temporary with expected continued funding.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Nutrition and/or DieteticsCredentialed as a registered dietitian nutritionist by the Commission on Dietetic RegistrationMinimum three years of professional experience post credentialing

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the ACEND accreditation process.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with the ACEND accreditation processExperience teaching in higher educationExperience in developing and teaching distance education coursesEarned doctorate in dietetics, nutrition, applied nutrition or a related field of study from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Required License/Registration/Certifications

Credentialed as a registered dietitian nutritionist by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Job Duties:

  • ACEND Accreditation and Compliance:
    • Conduct a self-study to prepare for ACEND accreditation within the first year.
    • Coordinate necessary approvals with THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board), SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges), and UNT Board of Regents.
    • Lead the ACEND site visit and attend ACEND board meetings to complete the accreditation process.
    • Ensure timely submission of fees, reports, and requests for major program changes to maintain accreditation.
    • Maintain programs student records and handle complaints received from students or others, including their resolution.
    • Review and update the programs curriculum to meet accreditation standards.
    • Facilitate continuous program evaluation and maintain documentation required for graduate eligibility for a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam.
  • Program Administration and Leadership: -
    • Lead and manage the Clinical Nutrition Dietetics Program, including organizational structure, administration, fiscal management, and accreditation.
    • Supervise assigned faculty members and provide support and guidance as needed.
    • Oversee ongoing curriculum development and review, program self-study and evaluation, and maintain related documentation.
    • Develop and implement admissions, retention, and completion policies and processes.
    • Collaborate with the university registrar to monitor degree related activities.
    • Recruit, recommend, hire, assess, and develop qualified full-time and part-time faculty members.
    • Provide supervision and professional development opportunities for program faculty and staff.
    • Develop policies and procedures to effectively manage all program components and ensure fair treatment of students.
    • Assist classroom instructors with course management and student related concerns.
    • Determine course and faculty needs and coordinate resources accordingly.
    • Prepare and manage the operating budget of the program.
    • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the program, ensuring smooth functioning.
    • Serve on department, school, and university committees as required.
    • Stay informed about industry trends and advancements in clinical nutrition.
    • Collaborate with external stakeholders, industry professionals, and preceptors to enhance program outcomes and opportunities.
  • Curriculum Development and Review:
    • Collaborate with the Department Chair to develop a curricular plan aligned with the programs vision and ACEND requirements.
    • Develop new course syllabi based on approved course descriptions and objectives.
    • Work with the Division of Academic Innovation and Instructional Designers to create online content for courses in the learning management system.
    • Teach assigned courses, evaluate students, and provide academic advising and career counseling.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8 am-5 pm

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