Requisition ID:  27145

Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor of Online Programs in Food Science

Position Summary

The Department of Food Science at Purdue University is seeking a Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor (12-month, non-tenure track) in online education. The purpose of the position is to help strategically expand the Department of Food Science’s online portfolio and online programs (courses, online degrees, and certificate programs), including the use of extended reality and other technological innovations. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in food science and online education using best-practice pedagogy.


The clinical faculty member will develop, implement, and teach primarily asynchronous, online food science courses taught individually or as part of a team. The potential may exist to teach an in-person class as needed. Clinical Faculty are primarily responsible for leading and assisting in meeting the programmatic need for instruction, engagement, and/or the professional development of university students and/or industry professionals. This position will work closely with other faculty members in the department. The Food Science online portfolio will include graduate, undergraduate, certificate programs, and non-credit professional development courses. Potential students include Purdue West Lafayette students, non-residential students, and corporate clients.  This position will work closely with department faculty, Ag Online, and Purdue University Online teams (course production, student acquisition, student experience, external partnerships, etc.), and the College of Agriculture faculty. The person in this position is expected to build a sustainable model for funding this position through program revenue and grants over time.


  • Ph.D. in food science, food engineering, or closely related fields.
  • Knowledge of and experience with one of Food Science’s signature areas of research (i-Foods for health, ii-Food chemistry and structure, iii-Food processing and manufacturing, and iv- Food Safety and Microbiology).
  • Experience in primarily asynchronous, online course development and demonstrated effective teaching using best-practice online pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of and experience using extended reality in teaching.


Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, with a potential hybrid option

Appointment and Salary

Clinical Assistant/Associate (12-month, non-tenure track) faculty appointment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A background check will be required for employment in this position. While this program is fully funded initially, the goal is for the position to fund itself through grants and data-driven agriculture online program revenue over time.

The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences, ranked fifth in the world in the 2023 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 302 faculty, 2823 undergraduate students, and 689 graduate students. The College’s current strategic plan can be accessed at


All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via this site: Candidates should submit application materials electronically at The job requisition ID for this position is 27145.

Application materials must include:

  1. Cover letter that speaks to the candidate’s qualifications for and interests in the position as described herein with contact information.

  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Vision for online program development and deployment.
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Examples of Teaching Materials.
  5. A list of three professional references with contact information.

Purdue University, the College of Agriculture, and the Department of Food Science are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.


Screening of applicants will begin on September 5, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information, contact Cory Brenner at


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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