Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics

Canberra, Australia
06 Jul 2017
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14 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The University of Canberra is committed to serving its communities through professional education and applied research.

Its purpose is to provide education which offers high quality transformative experiences to everyone suitably qualified; to engage in research which makes an early and important difference to the world around us; and to contribute to the building of just, prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities.

The University’s strategic plan 2013-17 identifies 5 principles to underpin our educational activities: student centred; engaging; adaptive, world class; and innovative. These principles enrich the student experience, strengthen the organisation’s foundations, increase student numbers, consolidate the University’s ranked position on educational indicators, improve research performance and engage more effectively with constituencies.


The Faculty of Health comprises four Schools which contain our growing number of disciplines including Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Optometry and Vision Science, Counselling, Medical Imaging and Occupational Therapy.Health is the host faculty for UC-RISE (the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise), the UC-Health Research Institute (UC-HRI, which comprises the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health and Centre for Research in Therapeutic Solutions), and the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre – SYNERGY, which is a partnership between University of Canberra and ACT Government Health Directorate. The Faculty of Health also plays a leading role in relation to the development of the University’s Health Precinct. The Precinct includes the Health Hub incorporating Student-led clinics, the University of Canberra Public Hospital, a new rehabilitation hospital and a 150 bed aged care facility (both scheduled to open in 2018). Planning for an integrated cancer care centre run by the Icon group is underway, and other projects are under active consideration for the Precinct.

The Faculty’s educational aspiration is to prepare students to operate effectively within health, sport, and related systems and to contribute meaningfully to multi-disciplinary team efforts. The Faculty has a strong and collegiate focus on collaboration among the disciplines, including several cross-disciplinary courses. Students gain supervised professional experience as part of their academic program and on completion of their degrees graduates are ready for immediate entry to their profession.

Staff are committed to making significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in their professions, and to contributing to basic, applied and clinical fields of research.The research of the Faculty of Health has grown rapidly in recent years, with fourfold increase in papers, higher degree graduates and research funding since 2008. With ERA rankings of 4 in public health and health services research, nursing and midwifery, and in human movement, allied health and clinical research are the next areas of expertise marked for development.

The University of Canberra enjoys collaborative and partnership relationships for research with government and policy sectors, public health, local and regional health services and industry partners.


This position is an on-going professorial appointment in Nutrition and Dietetics, within the School of Clinical Sciences at the University of Canberra. The successful applicant may have the opportunity at an agreed time to be Head of School in the Faculty of Health.

The Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics will exercise a special responsibility for providing leadership and strategic direction in fostering excellence in research performance, teaching and learning and professional engagement in areas related to established strengths in the School. The appointee will be encouraged to develop new areas in order to extend research and scholarly activity within the School, in keeping with the broad direction of the University’s strategic plan.

The School of Clinical Sciences is responsible for contributing to the growth of the University of Canberra’s reputation – preparing professional people professionally, through work-integrated learning, interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration with industry, government departments and the wider community.


Specific duties required by this level may include:

Academic Leadership

The appointee will:

  1. Develop and promote the activities and academic standing of the School and its constituent groups through enhanced and expanded provision of research, teaching and learning and engagement.  
  2. Encourage and engage in the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning,
  3. Lead an area of research and contribute towards collaborative academic/scholarly activities including mentoring early career researchers and developing research policy.
  4. Attract higher degree candidates and provide high quality supervision.
  5. Apply for research funding through competitive grant schemes;
  6. Promote collaboration within the School, Faculty and University community,
  7. Maintain personal academic standing, and work with colleagues to build local, national and international recognition for the School of Clinical Sciences, including developing joint research endeavours,
  8. Participate as an active leader of the Faculty including provision of strategic and policy advice to the Head of School.

External Partnerships

  1. Develop and maintain effective relationships with industry, relevant professionals and professional bodies, government departments (ACT and Commonwealth) and community groups relevant to the initiatives of the School;
  2. Maintain links with employers of graduates and strengthen mechanisms for maintaining contacts with alumni,
  3. Nominate appropriate appointees as adjuncts and involve them effectively in School activities,
  4. Contribute towards the development of domestic and international student recruitment strategies including setting up and maintaining productive links with international education and research institutions;


The position provides senior leadership to the School of Clinical Sciences and the wider Faculty in all areas, including support of management as outlined below:

  1. Support an efficient and effective governance structure for the School by leading and managing staff in line with the University values.
  2. Contribute to and comply with the management of financial, human and physical resources allocated to the School in accordance with the strategic and operational requirements of the Faculty;
  3. Implement and administer University and Faculty policies within the School, as required;
  4. Support the implementation of workload policies and workload allocation – within the guidelines established by the Faculty;
  5. Develop and maintain quality assurance processes,particularly in relation to teaching, research and the supervision of students;
  6. Foster excellence in high levels of staff performance and a positive organisational culture.


  1. Relevant professional and academic qualifications at Doctoral level, including membership or eligibility for membership of the Dietitians’ Association of Australia (DAA) and relevant professional accreditation
  2. Outstanding academic leadership including high quality teaching, curriculum development, and experience with professional body accreditation processes;
  3. A track record of internationally recognised research publications, higher degree research student supervision and success in securing competitive grant funding;
  4. Ability to lead the strategic and operational planning for an academic program/discipline and effectively manage staff;
  5. An understanding of contemporary issues and challenges within both the Nutrition and Dietetics and higher education sectors.
  6. Demonstrated capacity to design, develop, co-ordinate and deliver undergraduate and graduate courses incorporating flexible modes of delivery.
  7. Highly developed interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills.
  8. Demonstrated track record in building successful partnerships, engaging with relevant stakeholders and community groups at both a domestic and international level.

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For further information about the position please contact:

Diane Gibson
Dean - Faculty of Health
Health Office

Faculty of Health
Primary Telephone:
(02) 6201 2314