Specialist – Teacher-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Specialist – Teacher-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 12-month, fixed-term Academic Specialist-Teacher with a 90% teaching assignment and 10% service, with annual reappointment available contingent on satisfactory evaluated performance.  The start date of the position is flexible; however, the department prefers an individual who can begin no later than 6/1/2023. 

The individual will teach courses in the Food Science curriculum including Food Product Development (FSC 470), Food and Nutrition Laboratory (FSC 455), and Food Chemistry Laboratory (FSC 402). In addition, the specialist will teach other courses and assist with other duties as needed in the department. Responsibilities in addition to teaching will include maintenance and oversight of laboratory equipment, supplies and materials for laboratory facilities associated with assigned courses.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -food science, nutritional sciences, chemistry

Desired Degree

Doctorate -food science, nutritional sciences, chemistry

Minimum Requirements

Strong background in food product development, food chemistry, and food analysis. Experience in teaching at the college level. Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to work in a team as well as independently. Laboratory expertise to effectively operate and maintain a variety of laboratory instruments.

Desired Qualifications

A background in food safety and ability to teach food safety courses such as HACCP, PCQI, etc. Preference for PhD in food science, nutritional sciences, chemistry, or a related field.

Required Application Materials

For consideration, submit your application online at http://careers.msu.edu . Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position and describes how your experiences align with the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) statement of teaching philosophy (2‐page maximum); d) a description of how you will contribute to our diversity, equity and inclusion goals; and e) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Gale Strasburg, Department of Food Science

and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA [email protected]. 517-353-3414

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Department Statement

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is part of the leading Land Grant University, Michigan State University. FSHN has strong programs in food and health and is committed to linking food, the environment, and human health. Its highly collaborative and productive faculty provide a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion.

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water and the environment. MSU enjoys a park‐like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of >500,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at https://worklife.msu.edu/dual-career. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at http://worklife.msu.edu/ .


Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.  Candidates are invited to view FSHN norms at https://www.canr.msu.edu/fshn/about.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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