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Associate Professor / Professor Nutrition and Dietetics

Casuarina / Alice Springs, Australia
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

Job Details

Purpose of the Position

This is a senior position, within Faculty of Health, it requires the successful applicant to have vision and energy to contribute fully through teaching (including development and review of units, unit coordination), learning, scholarship and research across jurisdictional, national and international contexts.

The Associate Professor Nutrition and Dietetics will provide leadership and foster excellence in research, supervision and teaching in dietetics and nutrition within the program team and broadly across allied health and the Faculty of Health. The position will drive forwards engagement and impact in research/ scholarship, teaching and community engagement in the development of dietetics, nutrition and allied health at Charles Darwin University.

The aim of this role is to:

  • Increase the credibility and visibility of CDU’s dietetics and nutrition programs.
  • Innovate and lead the development of dietetics and related programs at CDU.
  • Ensure relevant networks to support strong community engagement within the Northern Territory and nationally.
  • Develop and lead an appropriate program of research in dietetics and nutrition (for research focused position).


Leadership and Management

  • Support the implementation of CDU’s Strategic and related operational plans.
  • Promote intra-institutional cooperation and partnerships by engaging with colleagues from across the Faculty of Health and the wider University.
  • Commit to leadership in dietetics and allied health and the development of the dietetics and related programs team and supporting the broader development of the allied health disciplines and teams.

Occupational Category / Industry Class
Manager Category / Industry Subdivision

  • Sustain a viable, enduring research (and/or scholarship of learning and teaching) and teaching portfolio through partnerships and collaborative applications for appropriate funding.
  • Support and implement the University’s Occupational Health and Safety policies, their Equity and Equal Opportunity policies, and all other applicable policies and processes.
  • Contribute towards the leadership of the Faculty of Health and more widely across the University and broader community.

Strategic Business Administration

  • Lead and enhance the reputation of the University through leadership and external networking, in line with the strategic directions and plans of the Faculty of Health and University.
  • Ensure the achievement of objectives, outputs and outcomes in specified agreements.
  • Engage with external and internal groups and stakeholders to drive developments in dietetics (and related) research, teaching, practice and scholarship.
  • Participate in appropriate University and Faculty of Health committees and panels.
  • Prepare necessary reports and documentation as required.
  • Establish and maintain links with relevant stakeholders, including the Northern Territory Government and appropriate professional organisations.

Knowledge and Proficiency

  • Maintain and enhance standing as an academic through professional academic development activities.
  • Holding and maintaining membership with Dietitians Australia and Accredited Practising Dietitian status.
  • Maintain and enhance standing as a Dietician, abiding by and demonstrating proficiency related to the professions code of conduct, and competency standards.

Research (for Research Active Position)

  • Design and deliver world-class research programs and projects with outputs and impacts that aim to enhance CDU’s research profile.
  • Produce research output that reflects quality of scholarly publications, effectiveness of user engagement and value of research benefits.
  • Provide original and innovative contributions to research of national significance in dietetics.
  • Undertake supervision of research students.

Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (for Teaching Focused Position)

  • Develop and deliver an engaging learning experience for students through the delivery of innovative methods of teaching including lectures, collaborative learning activities and supported online learning.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the Faculty of Health as a flexible and responsible provider of high- quality teaching and learning in a competitive education market.
  • Coordinate units and / or courses, as required within the framework for coordination.
  • Engage in scholarship activities to promote innovative and reflexive practice in teaching and learning.
  • Disseminate and actively promote the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Additional accountabilities for Level E

  • Design, deliver and disseminate innovative research programs of international significance.
  • Commit and exercise leadership across the College.
  • Exercise leadership in curricula review, design and implementation.
  • Network effectively with relevant national and international communities for the benefit of the Discipline at CDU.
  • Produce research output that reflects quality of scholarly publications, effectiveness of user engagement and value of research benefits.
  • Engage actively in research and consultancy in an appropriate field and encourage and mentor other staff in research, secure external funding, develop and lead research teams.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. PhD or Professional Doctorate in a related field and proven experience in a similar role with an established research profile in relevant discipline including evidence of research activity and outcomes, and significant leadership/clinical experience of similar nature in Dietetics.
  2. Accredited Practising Dietician status with Dietitians Australia.
  3. Evidence of the ability to lead the scholarship of teaching and learning and promote and disseminate such activities within the Faculty of Health and more broadly (Teaching Focused) with a demonstrated understanding of a university learning environment and equity programs and providing supportive education to people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and varying age groups.
  4. Demonstrated experience in leading innovative curriculum development, preparation and delivery of on-line education programs in dietetics and related fields.
  5. Excellent professional teamwork with high level communication skills, including oral, written, information communication technology (ICT) and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to represent the university at a range of forums, and to liaise, communicate, negotiate and collaborate with clients, stakeholders and partners, to deliver a valued service and achieve agreed outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values and support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.

Desirable competencies

  1. Demonstrated ability to develop and use flexible/online computer-based learning materials to suit the needs of a diverse student body.
  2. Knowledge and experience using an online learning system and/or experience in developing innovative and contemporary learning and teaching curriculum and content that are engaging and promote learning.
  3. Willingness to embrace the knowledge, skills and ideals of clinical practice in rural and remote areas.

Additional Essential Competencies for Level E

  1. International recognition in research.
  2. Evidence of excellence in course development, community engagement and research leadership.
  3. Expertise in the development of units/courses and student resources in response to reflective practice and application of scholarship within the context and requirements of a quality education provider.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position holds formal supervisory responsibilities. As a supervisor, this position will undertake and be responsible and accountable for:

  • Ensuring all direct reports have completed all Mandatory training as required by the University.
  • Probation periods being monitored and completed for each direct report in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring an annual leave plan is developed and implemented for all direct reports and that annual leave balances are held below 30 days at all times.
  • Ensuring leave bookings are accurately maintained and submitted in accordance with the Delegations (Administrative) Policy and relevant Staff Agreement/s.
  • Engaging with direct reports to develop meaningful objectives and ensuring career development plans are established and recorded.
  • Holding Performance feedback meetings on a regular basis (once per month minimum) with each direct report and providing feedback in a constructive and timely manner.
  • Ensuring all delegations and responsibilities are undertaken in accordance with University Policies, Staff Agreements, and Delegations.

University Expectations

  • Contribute to the efficient and effective functioning of their team or work unit in order to meet University objectives. This includes demonstrating appropriate and professional workplace behaviours in accordance with the Code of Conduct, providing assistance to team members if required and undertaking other key responsibilities or activities as directed by one’s supervisors;
  • Demonstrate and promote the University Values, ensuring all workplace behaviour is appropriate in all workplace settings, proactively calling out inappropriate behaviour;
  • Read, understand and comply with all University policies and procedures;
  • Undertake risk management and actively support and participate in the risk management processes adopted by the University which include identifying, analysing and evaluating risk that may impact on the University;
  • Work at and travel between other University campuses or to other locations from time to time as may be required during the course of employment;
  • Complete all mandatory training such as required by the University;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles of anti-discrimination, staff and student equity, work health and safety and other relevant legislation, and show the willingness and capacity to implement equal employment opportunity and work health and safety plans, policies and programs.

Work Health & Safety

  • Ensure all activities comply with WHS legislation and university policy & procedure.
  • Implement & monitor risk management activities including, but not limited to, workplace inspections, incident/hazard investigation and follow-up, and implementation of risk controls.
  • Analysis of WHS training requirements for staff including the provision of training and monitoring of training to ensure completion and currency.


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