Director, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ

Arizona State University (ASU) seeking an innovative and strategic leader to serve as its next Director of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion (SNHP). This is a unique opportunity to lead an essential component of a growing health sciences enterprise in a robust health professions environment at an institution nationally recognized for its innovative work in higher education.

Under the leadership of President Michael Crow, ASU has developed numerous new programs and units that defy and bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge while developing solutions to serve Arizona and the world at large. The university has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, research, and teaching excellence, and assumes significant responsibility for the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its surrounding communities. ASU is ranked as the #1 Most Innovative School by U.S. News and World Report and is boldly reinventing higher education as the New American University. This strategy is built around intellectual fusion, use-inspired research, and scholarship that addresses the largest and most essential social problems of today. To meet its challenge, ASU has recruited an exceptional faculty, built 1.5 million square feet of research space, and grown sponsored research from $123 million to over $458 million since 2002, making it one of the fastest-growing research universities nationally.

An essential academic unit in the College of Health Solutions, SNHP was formed in 2011, uniting diverse health sciences disciplines with the common goal of improving health and well-being through basic and applied science and lifestyle modification. Its 73 exceptional tenure/tenure track and non-tenure eligible faculty are dedicated to the provision of a rigorous, high caliber education for students in nutrition, exercise science and health promotion, kinesiology, public health, health and wellness coaching, and medical laboratory science. Researchers are engaged in a wide range of use-inspired, applied, clinical, community- and laboratory-based research designed to promote health and well-being and reduce risk of chronic disease in people across the lifespan and throughout society. SNHP currently serves nearly 4,134 students at the Phoenix campus and online, enrolling 3,960 undergraduates and 174 graduate students. Students participate in rigorous, high caliber programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels.

The School is located in one of the largest and most diverse cities and metropolitan regions in the U.S., home to an emerging health care sector in a state with a growing aging group and a highly diverse population at higher risk for chronic illnesses and premature disability. SNHP is poised to tackle these significant, but solvable challenges, to substantially improve the health and well-being of all Arizonans, and become the leading source of knowledge creation in its fields of study. With the potential to leave a lasting legacy on the School, the new Director will lead faculty and students in the development of inventive curricula, pioneering research, and globally renowned programs. In particular, the Director will be expected to provide strategic leadership and craft an innovative vision for the School; continue to build and strengthen existing areas of academic excellence; enable and cultivate world-class research; recruit, retain, and support excellent faculty and staff; and serve as for an effective advocate for the School.

Candidates should have a PhD or terminal degree in an area of expertise related to nutrition, exercise Science, and/or health promotion; a distinguished record of academic teaching and research appropriate for appointment at the academic rank of full professor with tenure, including a portfolio of research publications and an excellent record of teaching and curriculum development in graduate and/or undergraduate education; and demonstrated management and administrative ability, including budget and financial management, strategic planning, policy formation, and personnel management experience in generating and overseeing funded research.

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Cati Mitchell and Alanya Green.