1 POSITION TITLE: Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics POSITION NUMBER: COLLEGE/ DEPARTMENT: College of Health and Biomedicine LOCATION/CAMPUS: CLASSIFICATION: St Albans Level E SUPERVISOR: Professor Gregory Blatch / Dean, College of Health and Biomedicine APPROVED BY: / / OVERALL PURPOSE Reporting to the Dean of the College of Health and Biomedicine, the Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics will play a critical role in providing outstanding Learning and Teaching and Research leadership and capability within the Food, Nutrition and Dietetic disciplines. The Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics will also be expected to make a significant contribution to the leadership of Learning and Teaching and to take a significant leadership role in National/International networking and driving the discipline areas post graduate direction. The Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics will have proven educational leadership in the food, nutrition and dietetics disciplines and specifically in food, food science, food service, nutrition and management. The appointee will have attained recognition at a national or international level in their discipline. It is expected that the Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics will make original and innovative contributions to the advancement of scholarship, research and teaching within these discipline areas. The Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics will be a dynamic leader who will make a significant contribution to the major research strengths of the College, which include Health and Nutrition, Metabolism, Obesity, Oncology and Biomedical and Lifestyle Diseases ORGANISATIONAL ENVIRONMENT Victoria University represents an amalgam of different educational institutions and traditions, dating as far back as 1916 with the establishment of Footscray Technical School. Victoria University was established as a university in In the last decade, the University has also become firmly established as a leader in transnational education with partners in China, Malaysia, and other countries, especially in Asia. Today, Victoria University has a strong and growing research presence, having focused the implementation of its strategy to be ranked 20 in Australia by 2020 around its interdisciplinary strengths. Already, this focus is paying dividends, with research performance
2 growing across a range of measures. Victoria University s research income and publications have increased substantially, and our performance in the latest Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) research assessment evaluation supports our claim of research excellence in these areas. The University has about 46,000 students, including around 15,000 international students (onshore and offshore), and a workforce of approximately 1900 staff. Victoria University s Strategic Plan , Excellent, Engaged and Accessible: The University of Opportunity, defines our distinctiveness in an increasingly competitive tertiary education sector through a number of distinguishing features. It also provides a framework within which we can design and implement the specific strategies required to achieve the vision of The University of Opportunity and measure and monitor our progress as we go. Victoria University s vision and mission, which also reflects the University s distinctiveness, are as follows. VISION Victoria University will be excellent, engaged and accessible and internationally recognised for its leadership in: empowering a diverse community of students to grow their capabilities and transform their lives; engaging with industry and community to make the world a better place, through the creation, sharing and use of new knowledge. MISSION Through its distinctive approach to curriculum, the student experience, research and knowledge exchange, emphasising engagement with industry and the community, Victoria University will be renowned for: empowering students from diverse countries and cultures, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, to be successful lifelong learners, grow their skills and capabilities for the changing world of work, and be confident, creative, ethical and respectful, local and global citizens; finding creative and evidence-based solutions to important contemporary challenges in Australia, Asia and globally, relating especially to education and lifelong learning, to health and active living, to the cultural diversity and well-being of communities, to economic development and environmental sustainability, and to the success of particular industries and places, especially our heartland of the West of Melbourne, Australia's fastest growing region. STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES We will deliver on our vision and mission by embedding our distinguishing features, investing in our distinctive models and building the right foundations. The Strategic Plan identifies 3 distinguishing features for which Victoria University will be renowned: The University of Opportunity; The University of Industry and Community; The Sport University.
3 These distinguishing features will be delivered through investing in our distinctive models for: Learning and Teaching and the Student Experience; Engagement with Industry and Community; Applied and Translational Research; Targeted International Engagement, especially in Asia. These will be supported by the right foundation through a dynamic organisation characterised by: High performing and engaged staff; Lean and effective shared services that support achievement of educational and research outcomes; Consolidated and focused campus presence e.g. Footscray, Melbourne CBD, Sunshine/St Albans and Werribee; Financially sustainable performance that delivers investment for the future. Victoria University has seven Colleges charged with the delivery of education, research and knowledge exchange. These are: College of Arts College of Business College of Education College of Engineering and Science College of Health and Biomedicine College of Law and Justice College of Sport and Exercise Science Colleges are comprised of academic staff, Institutes and Centres. The Colleges are supported by shared educational, research and professional services to ensure high quality, efficient and innovative delivery of curriculum and the highest quality research and knowledge exchange. THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND BIOMEDICINE The College of Health and Biomedicine offers a variety of health and allied health courses ranging from undergraduate degrees through to doctoral studies, with the majority of the programs offering a clinical learning experience in close association with key industry partners. There are eight Discipline Groups within the College of Health and Biomedicine: Anatomy and Cell Biology Medical Physiology Midwifery and Women s Health Nursing
4 Dermal Science Food, Nutrition & Dietetics Osteopathic Medicine Paramedicine. In support of the institutional aims in applied and translational research, Victoria University established the Centre of Chronic Disease in 2013, located within the College of Health and Biomedicine. The Centre is inter-disciplinary in nature with extensive external engagement, and is making a significant contribution to the University-wide interdisciplinary theme of Sport, Health and Active Living. It is also an important driver towards achieving the strategic objective for VU to be world renowned in chronic disease prevention and management by The College of Health and Biomedicine has a strong record of applied research, developing innovations that translate scholarship into positive outcomes for our community and industry partners. Our key research groups focus on five research programs, which are embedded within the Centre for Chronic Disease: Lifestyle-associated diseases - modern lifestyle contributes to an increase of many health issues including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, injury, obesity and the loss of skeletal muscle and bone function and mass. Physical activity and diet play a major role in maintaining good health. The mission of this program is to conduct research which leads to the prevention and better clinical management of lifestyle-associated diseases; Clinical and Community Health Innovation researchers in this program are committed to conducting leading edge, collaborative research focusing on mental health and substance misuse, maternal and child health, quality of care in chronic illness, and workforce capacity building. A wide range of intervention approaches are adopted across the spectrum of illnesses such prevention, early intervention, risk reduction, restoration and recovery; Immunology in Chronic Diseases understanding the cellular, molecular and functional changes to the immune system in chronic diseases leads to the design of chronic diseases prevention, treatment and management strategies. The program is committee to conducting leading edge research in chronic diseases with translational focus. Advanced Food Systems and Nutrition Sciences the program aims to deliver sustainable solutions and healthy practices for the growing future population in industrialized and developing nations through scientific and technological advancements. Population Health Research and Policy the program is engaged in translation of research evidence to policy information and application to improve the health of the local, national and global community. The research focuses on improvement of population health through risk reduction and early intervention strategies for communities and through high-risk prevention and early interventions for target population groups. Victoria University s location in the West of Melbourne provides the College of Health and Biomedicine with excellent opportunities for collaboration across its key themes. Melbourne s West is a hub for the aged care sector; it is also home to a rapidly growing and very diverse and ageing population, with higher levels of disadvantage and chronic disease.
5 The College of Health and Biomedicine offers a variety of courses across four campuses, ranging from diploma to undergraduate degrees through to doctoral studies. The Food, Nutrition and Dietetics disciplines within the College are well supported and strengthened by collaborative industry engagements that enhance clinical and pre-clinical education in the disciplines. The operational leadership unit of the College of Health and Biomedicine and this position are currently located at the St Albans campus of the University; however, this position may be relocated to any other existing or future University work location An Organisational Chart is attached. MAJOR CHALLENGES/FREEDOM TO ACT This position reports to and receives broad direction from the Dean, College of Health and Biomedicine. The incumbent will be located at the St Albans Campus, with the possibility of location at St Albans or another campus, depending on equipment and space requirements, as well as likely opportunities for collaboration. A key challenge for the incumbent will be to lead the development of the course options within the Discipline with a particular focus on food science, food service, nutrition and management from certificate through to post graduate levels, including providing support for the development of the dietetics program. The development of strong relationships that link the Discipline with relevant external professional, industrial, and government organisations will be key to the success of this initiative. The Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics will also be expected to contribute to and to provide excellence in the leadership of scholarship of teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate programs within the discipline areas. The position requires a highly ambitious person who holds a proven track record of working with and within teams and providing leadership to colleagues in order to build strong collaborative evidenced based programs. Moreover, the Professor of Food Nutrition and Dietetics should have a strong track record of collaboration with other disciplines and with health care providers with a special reference to food service, clinical and community health innovation. Victoria University is a progressive and rapidly developing organisation operating in a local and international context. An increasingly competitive research sector, combined with the effects of changing domestic and international markets in higher education, will require the successful applicant to be creative, resourceful, culturally sensitive and able to take the initiative. MAJOR DUTIES In performing the following duties the incumbent is required to comply with quality assurance policies and procedures, and other relevant legislative requirements applicable to the University. The Professor of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics will make an outstanding contribution to the research, scholarship, teaching and administration activities of the Discipline of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics at Victoria University, and, potentially, related interdisciplinary areas. The Professor of Food and Nutrition and Dietetics will make an outstanding contribution to the governance and collegial life inside and outside of the institution and will have attained recognition at a national or international level in their discipline. The incumbent will make original and innovative contributions to the advancement of scholarship, research and teaching in their discipline.
6 The primary responsibilities are: Provide leadership in the development of high quality teaching programs and strategies that integrate food science, food service, nutrition and management knowledge and skills which promote innovation and excellence in learning and teaching and in research. Provide high level leadership in the development academic programs that provide a pathway for students from Certificate to Post Graduate level in food science, food service, nutrition and management. Provide professional leadership and external engagement, by undertaking research through strong collaborations with industry and/or government, and demonstrate significant impact on the discipline, government policy makers and/or industry practice (as relevant) and act as an advocate for change and uptake of research findings. Lead or make a major contribution to a relevant research program in the Centre for Chronic Disease within the College of Health and Biomedicine, through their links across Victoria University, nationally and internationally. Support Discipline staff in existing research activities as well as encouraging and mentoring staff to extend their research activity level. Undertake research supervision of higher degree by research students in a relevant research program in the Centre for Chronic Disease. Identify, promote and develop opportunities for the Discipline, College and broader University to be promoted as a leader in the food, nutrition and dietetics disciplines. Provide leadership within the disciplines of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics to position Victoria University as a preeminent centre where knowledge and skills in food, food science, food service, nutrition and management can be accessed, integrated, interrogated and researched. Contribute to teaching in the disciplines of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics and other programs, as required, in the College of Health and Biomedicine. Adhere to and cooperate with all OHS policies and procedures of the University. In performing these duties, the successful applicant is required to comply with quality assurance policies and procedures, and other relevant legislative requirements applicable to the University. SELECTION CRITERIA Essential: 1. Completion of a PhD in a Dietetics/ Nutrition related discipline. Under exceptional circumstances, PhD-equivalent professional standing will be considered. 2. Professionally recognised qualifications in nutrition and dietetics (eligible for membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia and APD program). 3. Extensive experience and leadership in food, food science, food service, nutrition and management, with demonstrated broad understanding of changes within the healthcare system and the implications of those changes for these discipline areas.
7 4. Evidence of substantial experience and leadership in the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching and disciplinary teaching including: high quality and industry relevant teaching experience that engages and motivates undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students; and the design of innovative, effective and industry relevant curriculum which reflects developing best practice nationally and internationally, utilising various methodologies including online and blended learning. 5. Excellent and recent internationally recognized track record in research including: publications in high quality peer-reviewed international journals in the area of food, food science, food service, nutrition and/or management that would complement the current strengths within the College of Health and Biomedicine. Evidence of success in obtaining research grants and other funds from external bodies; experience in reviewing grant applications, and editing scholarly articles for professional organisations and/or journals. 6. Evidence of achievement in fostering and supporting the development of others, including supervision of research students supervision and early career academic staff; 7. Demonstrated capability for strategic thinking and in goal setting, management, budgeting and evaluation for improvement. 8. Proven ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships internally and externally with professional bodies and health services. 9. Proven expertise in and development/management of student placement relationships in the discipline areas of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. 10. Evidence of excellent communication skills, including the ability to work cooperatively and effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team 11. Awareness of OH&S responsibilities and willingness to attend OHS training as required. 12. Willingness to commit Victoria University s values which are: Values Access, Excellence, Respect Behaviours Engagement, Collegiality, Courage Desirable 1. Good understanding of university structures and processes.
8 ORGANISATIONAL CHART Dean College of Health and Biomedicine Professor in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics