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Posted 3/6/2019

Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment seeks candidates for a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track faculty position in the Extension Title Series, with a start date of fall 2019. The distribution of effort is approximately 70% Extension and 30% Instruction. Faculty assignments and division of efforts are subject to annual negotiation between the chair and faculty member. Successful applicants will be prepared to lead a collaborative Extension program and provide excellent student learning opportunities. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • a commitment to student-centered teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels
  • a commitment to evidence-based, multidisciplinary outreach programming through Family and Consumer Sciences Extension and the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
  • the ability to support ongoing programming for diverse audiences in such areas of food systems and local foods, sustainability, program evaluation, rural health/obesity, community nutrition education + policy, systems, and environmental changes, and/or social marketing
  • a potential for collaborative multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary research program, funded by competitive external grants and supported by scholarly publications
  • ability to contribute to our land-grant mission through outreach and engagement with students, Cooperative Extension, and key community stakeholders 

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • A distribution of effort of approximately 70% Extension and 30% instruction.  Faculty assignments and DOE are subject to annual negotiation between the chair and the faculty.   
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate peer-reviewed Extension programs.
  • Research in implementation science and program evaluation with external funding support.
  • Advance and disseminate knowledge through publication in appropriate refereed journals.
  • Advise, mentor and evaluate undergraduate and/or graduate student research and direct thesis projects.
  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses.
  • Function as an active member of the departmental, college and university faculty.
  • Engage in national and international professional activities. 


  • Earned doctorate in nutrition, dietetics or closely related field
  • Credential of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), preferred 
  • Commitment to excellence in outreach, service, and teaching
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work successfully with diverse students, faculty, staff and external partners 

Our department is comprised of a dedicated team of 20 faculty and staff. We have approximately 300 undergraduate students working toward BS degrees in Dietetics or Human Nutrition and approximately 25 graduate students working towards an MS in Nutrition and Food Systems. We have a dietetic internship and a coordinated program supervised practice. 

Our team currently has sponsored projects and expertise with individual and community-level interventions, as well as outstanding Extension programs. The current portfolio includes research and outreach focused on individual, social and environmental interventions aimed at reducing obesity and increasing food and nutrition equity with special concentration on rural and low-income communities. We have faculty exploring the effects of exercise and nutrition on disease prevention and on maternal health as it relates to cardiovascular disease. 

We value diversity, superior instruction, and support for students, shared departmental responsibilities and participation in engagement activities. We have a commitment to domestic and international work to increase food security and reduce hunger. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredits our programs. For more information about the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, please visit . Salary is commensurate with qualifications. 

An application can be made online at until March 31, 2019. Application additionally requires a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 31, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Here is a direct link to the position:

The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity university. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and all interested and qualified people. The EEO Coordinator is Tim West, S-105 Agricultural Science North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091. 

Dr. Tammy Stephenson
Search Committee Chair
Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
203 Funkhouser Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
[email protected]


Posted 2/15/2019

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics

School of Economics—University of Maine

 The School of Economics at the University of Maine invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in the area of Agricultural Economics. We seek candidates with potential for high-quality scholarship; a commitment to excellent teaching; and a willingness to provide service to the university, profession and agricultural industry stakeholders. The position’s appointment split is 50 percent research and 50 percent teaching, which amounts to three courses per year. Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to, microeconomics, empirical methods (e.g, econometrics), and agricultural economics.

Responsibilities and Duties: Responsibilities include conducting and disseminating original research related to agricultural economics, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, and advising and mentoring students. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized, industry-relevant applied economics research program. The successful candidate is expected to seek external funding to support their research program and to seek collaborative research opportunities with other faculty and agricultural stakeholders. They are also expected to contribute successfully to the education and research programs of the School of Economics by demonstrating a commitment to professional development, collegiality, public service, and high-quality teaching.


Required: Ph.D. in agricultural economics, applied economics, economics, or a closely related field; strong potential for or established record of effectiveness in teaching, research, and public service; and interest in working on projects of relevance to agricultural industry and government stakeholders.

Preferred: Excellent communication skills appropriate for technical and non-technical audiences; strength in quantitative analysis.

How to Apply: Submit a full CV, up to three reprints, list of references, copies of academic transcripts and a cover letter that highlights the applicant’s capacity to perform the position responsibilities. All application materials must be submitted via HireTouch ( “Apply For Position.” Applicants will need to create a profile and application.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible for full consideration.

The preferred start date is September 1, 2019.

Questions about this job announcement can be forwarded to Kathleen Bell, who is serving as the chairperson of this search committee, ([email protected]).

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Posted 2/15/2019

Assistant Professor, Consumer Economics -Family & Consumer Sciences-, - Full Time -POSITION Assistant Professor, Consumer Economics, Family & Consumer Sciences Department. 12-Month Tenure-Track Position. This is a 100% Extension position.

LOCATION The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

EFFECTIVE DATE Screening of applicants' credentials will begin February 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Tennessee has strong statewide consumer economic leadership that focuses on community-based solutions. The University of Tennessee (UT) Extension, the outreach unit of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), is a strong partner addressing consumer economic issues in rural and urban communities across the state. UT Extension Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) seeks a Consumer Economics faculty member to contribute to the missions of the FCS department, UT Extension, and UTIA.

RESPONSIBILITIES Plan, develop and implement research-based adult and youth Extension programs in consumer economics to include, but not limited to: behavioral economics, health insurance education, programs for limited resource audiences, and programs in family resource management. • Providing interpretation and application of current research, emerging issues and legislation related to the above topics, and use research and current trends to set program direction. • Developing and actively participating in existing networks and coalitions, with state, regional and national groups serving the same clientele and keeping the program’s leadership team and county faculty aware of the networks and their resources. • Evaluating the need, developing and revising electronic and print media, curricula, lesson plans, brochures, fact sheets and other educational materials for dissemination by county staff to targeted clientele. • Evaluating the effectiveness and impact of state-wide programs in the above program areas; reporting to the appropriate state and national agencies and to program stakeholders. • Providing leadership and technical guidance to county Extension agents/educators in the area of consumer economics by phone, email, on-line training and in-service training. Technical guidance includes interpreting current research findings, needs assessments, educational strategies, evaluation methods, data collection, data interpretation and coalition building. • Provide leadership for statewide 4-H consumer economics projects and activities. • Leading multi-disciplinary collaborations. • Collaborating with the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (e.g. Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management) and Tennessee State University. • Developing and maintaining expertise in consumer economics by publishing peer-reviewed journal articles/Extension publications, attending and presenting at professional meetings and belonging to relevant professional organizations. • Seeking internal and external funding and other resources to support and enhance programs. • Providing service and leadership to activities within the department, the university and professional organizations, as appropriate. • Providing leadership for a program of activities which meets the needs of all eligible clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status.

QUALIFICATIONS • Earned doctorate in Family and Consumer Sciences or closely related field • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with diverse groups and on interdisciplinary teams • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement curricula appropriate for adult and youth audiences • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Evidence of scholarship through presentations at professional meetings/conferences and journal publications • Evidence of high quality teaching skills for professionals and clientele • Training or experience in needs assessment and evaluation • Experience with consumer economics, family resource management or personal finance program development and implementation • Experience working with limited resource audiences

PREFERENCES • Degree in Consumer Economics • Health insurance literacy experience • Behavioral economics experience • Extension or community outreach experience • Demonstrated ability to obtain extramural grant funding

SALARY AND BENEFITS Salary is commensurate with training and experience. Benefits include state health insurance; life insurance; vision and dental insurance; State Employees Retirement; Workers’ compensation; sick and annual leave; numerous University of Tennessee and state benefit programs, including liberal time off for holidays and longevity pay after three years of service; reimbursement provided for official travel.

LOCATION BENEFITS The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. UT is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

APPLICATIONS and INQUIRIES The application should include a letter addressing the required and desired qualifications stated in the position announcement, a curriculum vita, the names and contact information of three references, and copy of transcripts showing degree(s) conferred. Applications should be emailed to Jo Carlson, Family and Consumer Sciences, at [email protected] or mailed to 122 Morgan Hall, 2621 Morgan Circle, Knoxville, TN 37996-4530. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Matt Devereaux at (865) 974-7193, or [email protected]. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


Posted 1/30/2019

The Department of Family Sciences at the University of Kentucky
Seeking two twelve-month, tenure-track faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Family Sciences, specialty is open

This twelve-month, tenure-track faculty position has an anticipated distribution of effort of 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a nationally recognized program of research that includes external funding and published results in peer-reviewed journals; supervise theses and dissertations; participate in departmental and collegiate governance and professional organizations. Grant-writing experience is preferred.  Interested applicants may contact Dr. Alexander Vazsonyi ([email protected]).

Application can be made online at

Assistant Extension Professor of Family Finance/Resource Management

This twelve-month, tenure-track Extension faculty position has an anticipated distribution of effort of 85% Extension and 15% teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in consumer economics, personal finance, and financial planning; is expected to provide leadership in planning, delivering, and evaluating research-based Family Financial Management Extension programming, as well as develop educational materials, develop and conduct in-service training for county agents, and collaborate with resident faculty and other Extension specialists, county agents, and state-wide family finance professionals; implement applied research relative to the needs of Kentucky families and publish findings in refereed journals; seek extramural funding for projects; and participate in departmental and collegiate governance and professional organizations.  Interested applicants may contact Dr. Claudia Heath ([email protected]) or Dr. Amy Kostelic ([email protected]).

Application can be made online at

Applications for both positions will be reviewed beginning January 21st, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. Anticipated start date for each position is July 1, 2019

The Department of Family Sciences is a student-centered department which includes areas of specialization in family processes, adolescence, aging, couple and family therapy, and consumer economics and personal finance. There are approximately 150 undergraduate students, 20 M.S. students and 20 Ph.D. students.  Additional information available at


Created 01/29/2019

University of Georgia - College of Family and Consumer Science

The Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Applied Consumer Analytics and Strategic Communication. 

Position: Assistant Professor in Applied Consumer Analytics and Strategic Communication
(Nine month, academic appointment, tenure track, 50% research, 50% teaching). Start date August 2019. 

Minimum Qualifications: To be considered for the position of Assistant Professor, the applicant must hold an earned doctorate in consumer economics, consumer behavior, policy analysis, mass communication, analytics or closely related discipline with expertise in quantitative methods, analytic techniques and multimedia communication methods. 

Preferred Qualifications: At least one degree in Family and Consumer Sciences is preferred. The applicant should demonstrate great potential for outstanding scholarly competence and research productivity. At least one semester of college teaching experience and active membership in relevant professional organizations are desirable. Demonstrated knowledge of and competence with innovative technologies, data/consumer journalism, multimedia storytelling, strategic communication, social media, data visualization, network analysis, and/or crowdsourcing is preferred. 

Responsibilities: The requested faculty member will have a 50% Research / 50% Teaching nine-month, full time appointment in FHCE, but will be expected to collaborate across campus on research, outreach, and teaching. The candidate is expected to deliver courses in consumer analytics and the strategic use of informatics in a curriculum dedicated to consumer behavior and consumer well-being. Candidate will be expected to use large proprietary or government data sets with relevance to consumer economics and policy making. 

Provide leadership to enhance and expand consumer journalism curriculum to incorporate strong technical writing and communication skills. Assist with planning and implementing future interdisciplinary consumer analytics certificates and/or degree programs. Develop a nationally recognized research program and secure external funding. Work with faculty to expand scholarly undergraduate and graduate programs in applied consumer analytics and consumer journalism. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics in the areas of consumer analytics and consumer journalism. Advise undergraduate and graduate students. Participate in departmental and collegiate governance and professional organizations. 

Department: The Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics has faculty at UGA Athens and UGA Griffin campuses and is one of the four academic units in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. It offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees with an enrollment of approximately 360 undergraduate and 120 graduate students. Undergraduate programs include Consumer Economics (with an optional emphasis in Applied Consumer Analytics), Consumer Journalism, Financial Planning, and Housing Management and Policy (with an optional emphasis in Residential Property Management). Our Griffin campus offers the Consumer Economics degree with an optional emphasis in Financial Planning. The Department is staffed by 20 faculty members with expertise in consumer decision making, consumer and family policy, financial literacy, financial planning, housing, and residential property management. Extension and public service faculty provide practical, research-based information to Georgia residents to improve quality of lives and communities. The department provides research and outreach in support of local government through the Housing and Demographics Research Center. 

University: The University of Georgia (UGA), located in Athens, is a public research university, a land-grant/sea-grant institution in the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1785, UGA is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in the state. The campus and community of Athens offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. UGA has approximately 36,000 students and has been consistently ranked as one of the top public institutions of higher education in the United States. The Athens campus is approximately 75 miles northeast of Atlanta, 60 miles from Blue Ridge Mountains, and 195 miles from the Atlantic coast. Athens fosters a rich cultural environment interconnected with the university and is perennially identified as one of America’s most livable cities. Additional information about the college and university can be found at: and 

Closing date: Complete applications received by February 28, 2019 will be given full consideration. 

Procedure: Complete applications will include a letter of application, a vita, a copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript for graduate study, a sample of scholarly writing, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Three letters of reference are preferred but not required unless invited to interview. The applications and supporting documents should be uploaded via the UGAJobs website: Applicants should request that three letters of reference be sent directly to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Diann Moorman ([email protected]). Questions about this position or the application process should be directed to Dr. Diann Moorman ([email protected]) or Ms. Melissa McBride ([email protected]).


Posted 1/28/2019 

Purdue Extension Specialist Family Resource Management

Position Responsibilities

The Purdue Extension Specialist for Family Resource Management will lead statewide outreach initiatives in family resource management focusing on financial education and financial literacy. The specialist will design, develop, and deliver research based educational materials in all media to county extension educators for use with consumers, external educators, and local community partners. Additionally, they will serve as a resource for field staff and work with state-level extension leaders to plan and deliver training for field staff, set programmatic priorities, and manage reporting responsibilities. 

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Consumer/Family Economics, Economics, Accounting, Finance or related field
  • Four (4) years of experience in designing, developing, and delivering educational programming in family resource management related subject matter
  • Strong communication skills to effectively communicate with a broad audience, both as a leader and team member
  • Working knowledge of instructional and evaluation methods
  • Valid U.S. or Canadian driver’s license
  • Occasional overtime may be required
  • 5% domestic travel

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and professional experience. An excellent fringe benefit package includes the Fidelity retirement program, as well as medical, life and disability insurance. You can learn more at

Additional Information

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment based related visa for this position.
  • A valid driver’s license and Purdue motor vehicle certification is necessary for employment.
  • A check of criminal conviction records will be made for employment in this position.
  • FLSA Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individual, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Purdue University moved to a new hiring tool on January 1, 2019. Our new application tool, SuccessFactors, will simplify the application process and allow you to use your LinkedIn profile to apply. If you are interested in this position, create your profile in SuccessFactors and apply at



Posted 1/25/2019

UNH Extension Seeks a Professor State Specialist

Extension Professor State Specialist-Youth and Family Resilience

Apply Online

Extension Professor State Specialist-Youth and Family Resilience

Position Summary
This position provides leadership for University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Youth and Family Resilience programs designed to foster the positive development of NH youth and families. The position works in close collaboration with other UNH Extension Educators and UNH Faculty to develop, implement and evaluate community-based programs targeting the behavioral health needs of vulnerable youth and families. This is a non-tenure track Extension Educator position that will have an affiliation in the UNH College of Health and Human Services.

Acceptable minimum level of education: Master's
Acceptable minimum years of experience: 2 years

Other minimum qualifications
Ph.D. or terminal degree strongly preferred in applicable discipline (e.g., youth and family development, public health, social work, or education). Experience developing and evaluating community-based youth and/or family development programs.

For full details and to apply online, please visit:


Posted 1/16/2019

Southwest Research-Extension Center
4500 E. Mary Street
Garden City, KS 67846-9132

Position Announcement

POSITION: Extension Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences (1.0 Extension), Assistant Professor or Regular Instructor, depending on academic degree.

LOCATION:         Southwest Area Research and Extension Center
                            4500 East Mary
                            Garden City, KS 67846-9132
                            (Could office anywhere within the SW Extension Region)


  • Provide visionary leadership to Extension Agents, Extension Boards, local Program Development Committees, and community leaders in analyzing situations, identifying needs, obtaining extramural funding and in developing educational programs for children, youth, adults, families and communities.
  • Provide leadership in expanding long-term, outcome-based Extension programming in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in general, and in at least one area of expertise related to family development, child development or family resource management.
  • Assist extension agents in developing region-wide and/or multi-unit programs.
    • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other regional organizations and groups to help further the K-State Research and Extension mission.
  • Provide liaison between the county/district, regional, and state FCS staff of K-State Research and Extension to promote effective and efficient interaction.
  • Provide training opportunities for local K-State Research and Extension staff including:
    • evaluation of county/district and area FCS program effectiveness;
    • leadership development;
    • new agent orientation and training;
    • developing collaborations including resource development;
    • supporting county/district personnel in developing and carrying out personal professional improvement plans;
    • proactively ensure that potential clientele have equal access to programs without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.
  • Actively participate in personal professional development growth opportunities.
  • Foster diversity and teamwork within K-State Research and Extension.



  • A master's degree in a Family and Consumer Sciences subject matter or closely related field.
  • Interest and training in family development, child development or family resource management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
  • Interest in working with people as individuals, groups, and co-workers to accomplish individual and/or group goals as evidenced by work experiences and community activities.
  • Demonstrated ability in designing, promoting, implementing and evaluating educational programs.
  • Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications within the framework of Extension program development, delivery and management.
  • Familiarity with various ethnic and socio-economic audiences and commitment to working with adults and youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability in training professionals.
  • Demonstrated success in forming partnerships with organizations and agencies external to the University and K-State Research and Extension.
  • Ability to work with underserved audiences in a diverse and multicultural environment. 


  • Professional experience with Cooperative Extension.
  • Demonstrated success in extramural grant writing.
  • PhD in a FCS subject matter or closely related field.
  • Ability to speak Spanish. 

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard Kansas State University faculty benefits. ( 

DATE AVAILABLE: This position is available on or after March 4, 2018.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Screening of applications begins February 18, 2019, and continues until the position is filled. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, go to, select the “Faculty” button, under “Categories” (lower right side) select Family and Consumer Sciences, select this position announcement, then select “Apply Now” to create an account and upload application materials in pdf format.

Required application documents include a letter of interest, a statement of vision for this position, a resume, and graduate transcripts. The applicant should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Ashlee Wood ([email protected]).

For additional information, access: Southwest Research-Extension Center - 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit reasons (including employment of disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era).Background check required.


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