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Thank you for your interest in working at Widener University.

We certainly appreciate the time you spent during the application process, however, effective March 30, 2020, Widener University has instituted a hiring freeze. Although we are unable to proceed with your candidacy at this time, we are still interested in learning more about your skills and would like to stay in contact to provide information about this position when the timing is appropriate. We hope that you will still maintain interest in this role!

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Full-time Faculty and Program Director: Nutrition and Dietetics

Apply now Job no: 492494
Work type: Tenure track faculty
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt), Faculty



The Program Director is responsible for the overall management and administration of the master’s program including:

  • Program planning and implementation
  • Selection, budgeting, and fiscal management of personnel and faculty resources
  • Evaluation of faculty and staff
  • Program and student assessment
  • Application of initial accreditation/maintenance of future accreditation
  • Collaboration for interprofessional education and identifying strategies for professional development for self and faculty

Duties and Responsibilities: 

A significant portion of the Program Director’s annual workload is dedicated to the management and administration of the master’s program.  As a new program, initially this will entail significant work to develop a curriculum plan and proposal, seek approval through faculty governance, prepare accreditation documents, and launch the program.


  • Oversee and direct the master’s program including strategic planning and partnerships, curriculum development and implementation, program evaluation, selection of faculty and staff, budget management, student admission and progression.
  • Direct accreditation activities to obtain initial accreditation and maintain compliance with ACEND standards.
  • Oversee student learning outcome assessment process for the master’s program in accordance with Widener University’s assessment plan.
  • Develop and manage budget.
  • Manage review of student performance, retention and probationary process.
  • Develop and implement a program strategic plan that is congruent with the Widener University’s plan.
  • Supervise faculty and staff.
  • Coordinate faculty professional development in collaboration with faculty.
  • Manage faculty course load and adjunct faculty needs.
  • Direct graduate student selection process and participate in student recruitment in collaboration with Graduate Admissions.
  • Develop and maintain the program website, Student Handbook, and policies and procedures for directing the master’s program.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships within and outside of Widener University.
  • Assist with grant writing, external funding opportunities.
  • Teaching, professional development and scholarship.
  • Participation in university shared governance responsibilities.


  • Develop and teach courses in the master’s program.
  • Ensure courses and syllabi are current and available to all students in conjunction with faculty.
  • Demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills in teaching as evidenced by supervisor and student evaluations.
  • Participate in team and/or interdisciplinary teaching.
  • Maintain regular office hours; guide or support students who reach out for assistance; identify students who are struggling and need extra attention or support to be successful (through use of email, phone or other appropriate means of communication).

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):

  • Graduation from an ACEND accredited nutrition/dietetics program.
  • Earned doctoral degree in nutrition or a related field.
  • Currently credentialed as a registered dietitian nutritionist by the Commission Dietetic Registration (CDR), with PA licensure or eligibility.
  • Current experience with and knowledge of ACEND accreditation for graduate programs (knowledge or experience with the Future Education Model is desirable).
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience post credentialing as a registered dietitian nutritionist with evidence of participating in clinical practice and administrative responsibilities. 
  • Minimum of 3 years higher education experience in dietitian nutrition education programs.
  • A record of teaching effectiveness and scholarly inquiry in an area of clinical practice and/or administration.
  • Previous administrative experience in the following:
    • Personnel management
    • Evaluation
    • Program budgeting
    • Program planning and implementation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and written and oral communication abilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the education, certification, and scope of practice of the registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • Strong knowledge of health and human services delivery system structures and willingness to engage in interprofessional education and practice.

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law School located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the University, please visit our website at


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