Part Time Clinical Instructor-Nutrition



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Job description

The University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition seeks an individual for part-time employment who will contribute to clinical teaching, in our Dietetics concentration (undergraduate) and Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics concentration (graduate) beginning in Fall 2023. This includes two ACEND-accredited programs that train future dietetics professionals: 1.) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and 2.) Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (GP). This is primarily a clinic-based teaching position. It is offered with an initial 1-year appointment, with appointment renewable for periods of 1-5 years based on performance and ongoing program needs. Individuals in these positions will contribute to the mission and strategic priorities of the ACEND-accredited dietetics programs, Department of Nutrition, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


  • Direct student learning in the clinic setting in assigned Cherokee Health Systems clinics. This is the primary role of this position, and includes the following tasks:
    • Monitor and evaluate student performance in the clinic, including grading
    • Contribute to ongoing refinements of assignments across clinical-based courses
    • Provide program monitoring data based on student performance in the clinic setting
    • Collaborate with Cherokee Health Systems clinic personnel and program liaison to Cherokee Health Systems in arranging clinic-based student experiences (e.g. orientation to objectives of clinical experience, course syllabus, clinical schedule, etc.) as appropriate.
    • Collaborate with program directors to identify the types of clinical experiences needed for optimal clinical education of students.
    • Ensure courses taught reflect ACEND-required performance indicators and competencies and current evidence-based practice.
  • Work with other clinical faculty to revise aspects of the program, as needed
    • Participate in the development of academic policies affecting the admission, progression, graduation and dismissal of students in conjunction with other program faculty and under the direction of program directors.
    • Participate in the selection process.
  • Serve the Department of Nutrition, University, community and profession, depending upon experience, interest, and program needs:
    • Participate in departmental faculty, standing committee, task force and other meetings
    • Participate in community and professional activities as appropriate


Required Qualifications:

  • Earned master’s degree in Nutrition or related field by time of appointment
  • Credentialed as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Licensed as a licensed dietitian nutritionist (LDN) in Tennessee prior to start of employment
  • 1+ years clinical practice experience post credentialing
  • Evidence of successful clinical and/or classroom teaching experience
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to direct evidence-based medical nutrition therapy intervention for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, overweight/obesity, hypertension, prediabetes, diabetes, and behavioral health conditions in adults and children
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse group of students and colleagues
  • Ability to meet requirements for onboarding with the program’s primary clinical partner, Cherokee Health Systems

Desirable Qualifications:

  • 3 or more years clinical practice experience post credentialing
  • Expertise in motivational interviewing and the ability to guide students in developing motivational interviewing skills
  • Experience with instructional media and technology
  • Clinical experience with underserved populations

How to apply

In order to be considered, submit a current CV, cover letter and three professional references. Screening of applicant credentials will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Salary based on qualifications and experience.

Questions can be directed to: Melissa Hansen-Petrik [email protected]

The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the University. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in its education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)of 1990. Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the UTK Office of Human Resources, 600 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN37996-4125.

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