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Texas A&M University Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist in United States

Job Title

Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist


Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service



Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

El Paso, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialists are expected to support the Extension network by working with County Extension Agents in scheduling, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs; conducting Extension personnel training and mentoring these personnel as appropriate; and developing resources and tools for use by both Extension Agents and stakeholders. For the research appointment, the incumbent will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized research program who will collaborate closely with other members located at centers and other units within Texas A&M AgriLife to lead and participate in multi-disciplinary projects.


  • Serves as a subject matter expert on the US Dietary Guidelines, USDA Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs, and the Nutritional State of the Science in areas of interest to the Texas public.

  • Develops, delivers, teaches, implements, modifies, evaluates, and manages nutrition related programs, services, curricula, products, and/or processes.

  • Works collaboratively with Extension Agents, Regional Program Leaders, and faculty from diverse subject matter disciplines.

  • Provides health and nutrition expertise, support, and training to Extension Agents and volunteers through face-to-face and/or online professional development sessions.

  • Participates in program planning and development processes at the multi-county, district, or regional level and conveys insights to state leadership.

  • Develops partnerships and works collaboratively with state and federal agencies, other universities, industry, and other organizations.

  • Creates and maintains an inventory of the evidence-based nutrition education support systems in Texas. Works with these support systems to develop a statewide network of nutrition education resources for the public.

  • Secures external funding as the PI or Co-PI to support research, Extension, and outreach activities.

  • Presents research and Extension findings at national conferences.

  • Serves as an advisor to graduate students and secures external funding to support graduate assistantships.

  • Prepares press releases and communicates with media outlets (newspaper, radio, television) as requested.

  • Serves on departmental/unit, Extension and AgriLife committees, and professional organizations as appropriate.

  • Maintains an independent research program that receives competitive internal and external funding.

  • Trains and mentors the current and next-generation scientists, including students and Postdocs

  • Publishes in high-impact peer-reviewed journals

  • Other duties as required

Required Education and Experience:

  • Doctoral degree in community/applied nutrition, public health, public policy, health psychology, community psychology, or a related field.

  • At least one degree in nutrition.

  • Experience in area of specialization

Preferred Experience:

  • Conducting applied research in nutrition—in areas such as nutrition education programming implementation science and outcomes research, nutrition epidemiology, nutrition policy analysis, predictors of diet quality, food environment assessment, etc.

  • Developing and/or utilizing evidence-based programs aimed at addressing nutrition

  • issues.

  • Developing peer-reviewed publications and community-based informational products.

Required Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to use various technologies social media, online learning, etc.) to facilitate communication of food and nutrition information to the public and to professionals.

  • Ability to seek and/or obtain external funding.

  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate nutrition-related programs.

  • Ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Ability to translate complex nutrition research into educational materials for

  • the public.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in multidisciplinary initiatives.

  • Ability to analyze data.

  • Ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Bilingual (Spanish)

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

  • Registered Dietitian

*Texas A&M Extension has flexible work hours, alternate work location, and professional scheduling options

Application Materials to Submit:

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum vita

  • A document (limit two pages) that includes:

  • a. How you meet the “Required Experience” and “Skills and Abilities.”

  • b. How you meet the “Preferred Qualifications” and “Preferred Skills and Abilities” (if applicable)

  • c. A brief description of your Extension experience (if applicable).

  • Separate document with three professional references: name, affiliation, and contact information (note: they will not be contacted until final stages of search)

Internal Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M AgriLife Research must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application.

Benefits Information:

  • Benefits – The Texas A&M University System Network (tamus.edu)

  • Health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance with Texas A&M AgriLife contributing to employee health and basic life premiums

  • 12-15 days of annual paid holidays

  • Up to eight hours of paid sick leave and at least eight hours of paid vacation each month

  • Automatic enrollment in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas

  • Employee Wellness Initiative for Texas A&M AgriLife

All positions are security sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer

For a better understanding of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Nutrition Unit work see: https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/assets/life-health/health-nutrition-wellness/nutrition/

For a better understanding of Texas A&M AgriLife Research see: https://agriliferesearch.tamu.edu/

For a better understanding of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Faculty and Staff see: https://nutrition.tamu.edu/types/extension-2/

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

As the largest comprehensive agriculture and life sciences program nationally, Texas A&M AgriLife brings together a college and four state agencies within the Texas A&M University System With over 5,000 employees, and a presence in every county across the state, Texas A&M AgriLife is uniquely positioned to improve lives, the environment, and the economy of Texas and the nation through education, research, extension and service.If your goal is the pursuit of excellence and your vision is to make a difference in this world, we invite you to explore our opportunities to discover what a career at Texas A&M AgriLife has to offer you.

Texas A&M AgriLife is comprised of the following Texas A&M University System members:

  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (https://agrilife.tamu.edu/agency/extension-home/)

  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University (https://agrilife.tamu.edu/agency/college-home/)

  • Texas A&M Forest Service

  • Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (https://agrilife.tamu.edu/agency/tvmdl-home/)

    Texas A&M AgriLife collaborates with Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and West Texas A&M University as well as with other public and private partners.

  • Prospective employee benefits

  • Retirement programs

  • Commitment to inclusive excellence (https://agrilife.tamu.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/)

  • Strategic plan