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Assistant Professor - Nutrition, Food Science and Pkg. - Packaging

Apply now Job no: 505922
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) Packaging

School/Department Name: Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Application Deadline: January 14, 2022 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Target Start Date: July 2022

First Review Date (or Closing Date): January 14, 2022

Position Description

The Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging is seeking a new tenure-track faculty member whose research or scholarly interests include industry focused scientific and methodological training, as well as breadth in pre-selected areas of packaging engineering, packaging design, packaging technology, testing, and material science.  We seek candidates whose research/scholarship, teaching and/or service, and industry experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences in higher education, and particularly in the area of packaging.

The Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging.  The department also offers three concentrations under the Bachelors of Science degree in Nutritional Science: Dietetics (Accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Applied Nutrition and Food Sciences, and Food Management.

The Department also offers a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science with six different objectives including Packaging as per student preference. There are approximately 400 students who are enrolled in the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Department. Please visit our website at

This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in launching a career at a comprehensive university that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students.  The Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned a minimum of a Master’s degree in Packaging or a closely related field is required for appointment.

  • A minimum of ten years of professional work experience related to packaging engineering or related field.

  • A minimum of five years of university level teaching experience appropriate to academic specialty.

  • Demonstrated understanding of curriculum design to meet the changing industry demands and skills required by new graduates.

  • Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct impactful interdisciplinary research/scholarship especially with faculty in food science and nutrition.

  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • An understanding of the Packaging Industry and interactions between functional groups in the industry based on having held a position as a Packaging Engineer or similar position.

  • An active and well-articulated research agenda, coupled with interest and ability to secure external grant funding.

  • Experience working with racially diverse students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of groups within higher education, and the profession, shape patterns of participation and outcomes.

  • Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices including online instruction to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.

  • Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct both undergraduate and graduate mentoring.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and teach introductory and advanced level core courses in packaging engineering, packaging design and testing and courses in related areas as expertise permits.
  • Responsible for grant writing, curriculum planning and development, student advising, committee responsibilities, and supervision of graduate student activities.
  • Liaison with industry professionals to develop field experiences, graduate student projects, and curriculum support. The position will also involve significant mentoring and consulting with graduate students on quantitative and qualitative research methods, data analysis, grant applications and publications.
  • Serve as faculty advisor for the undergraduate Packaging curriculum.
  • Participate in professional organizations related to packaging and related fields.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration preferred.
  • Teaching effectiveness, service to students and university, and scholarly/professional achievement are required for retention, tenure, and promotion.
  • Participate in curriculum development and teaching of other courses to meet the needs of the program and its diverse student population.
  • Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents for full consideration by January 14, 2022:

  • letter of interest

  • curriculum vitae

  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy: (2 pages) that describes what role faculty play in student success.

  • research plans: (2 pages) that describes a research agenda focusing on relationships between diet and disease in multicultural populations especially historically underserved populations.

  • three references with contact information by December 18, 2021

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Ashwini Wagle, Department Chair, Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Department -

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.



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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021