Food Studies

The Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University invites applicants for a full time tenure track position in food studies, rank open, to begin in August 2014. The department seeks a high-energy faculty member with expertise in the interdisciplinary study of food, food systems, and foodways. The ideal candidate will complement and build upon existing strengths in the department including, but not limited to, the human right to food and nutrition, the structure of transnational agrifood, including biofuel, systems, rural development and urban food systems. This academic appointment is in anticipation of establishing undergraduate and graduate programs in food studies.




Responsibilities include developing a stream of high-quality externally-funded research; program and curriculum design; mentoring, advising, and instructing undergraduate and graduate students; fulfilling service responsibilities through department, college, university and professional avenues; and establishing professional liaisons with organizations in the local community and the global field.




Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate related to food studies, an active portfolio of externally funded research and peer reviewed publications (or evidence of potential to develop such a portfolio), and teaching experience at the university level.  We are willing to consider candidates trained in a variety of disciplines but with research and teaching expertise in food studies.  Public policy experience is an added advantage.


The Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition and public health and is building a food studies program. The department focus is on health issues among diverse populations, factors influencing the health of individuals, families and communities, health literacy, cultural competence, superior dietetics education, and public health nutrition. Approximately 300 undergraduate and 40 graduate students pursue degrees in this department.  The emerging Food Studies Program emphasizes political economy approaches to the analysis of sustainable human and natural environments in the food system. Additionally, we offer courses in food studies, food preparation, food service management, and cultural nutrition.


Extensive opportunities exist for collaboration at Syracuse University and with our campus neighbors the State University of New York (SUNY) – College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 31, 2013.   For online application instructions go to, (#070768) and attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. References will be solicited for selected candidates. Syracuse University is an EO/AA employer and particularly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.


Syracuse, New York
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 12:00am
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Syracuse University
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