The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University seeks candidates at any rank for two tenure-track or tenured faculty positions on the topic of equity in agriculture, food and nutrition. One position is focused on food and nutrition equity in general, and the other is part of a university-wide cluster hire related to climate resilience, agriculture, and equity.
The Friedman School is one of the world’s leading institutions for scholarship in food and nutrition. Our mission is to create trusted science, educate future leaders, and have real impact that improves the nutritional well-being of people worldwide. The School distinguishes itself by its breadth of food and nutrition expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and real-world translation. We bring together diverse experts who are committed to work that equitably improves the nutritional well-being of people around the globe, with a history of and commitment to multi-disciplinary research on health disparities, such as the impact of income inequality and other social determinants of health on nutrition and food security, diet-related chronic diseases, food systems, and agricultural production. Our research, teaching, and civic engagement spans U.S. and international work on child nutrition and health, nutrition assistance programs, international food aid, humanitarian crises, global dietary transitions and corresponding disease burdens, costs and access to food, and social and environmental dimensions of agriculture and food systems, among other topics.
The Friedman School’s interdisciplinary focus and integrative nature create an enriching environment at Tufts University, a “Research Class 1” university, top-25-ranked undergraduate institution, and member of the Association of American Universities. Home to seven graduate and professional schools across three campuses, Tufts University prides itself on its culture of cross-school partnerships. As part of the Tufts Health Sciences Campus, Friedman School faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and external collaborations, as well as participation in the rich intellectual life of Boston and the wider Northeast region. The Friedman School is located in the third largest Chinatown of the U.S., surrounded by a diverse community of businesses and people, at the center of a multicultural metropolitan area offering excellent schools, extensive public transportation, world-class cultural institutions and opportunities for outdoor recreation. To complement our existing activities and expand our work, the Friedman School is recruiting two new faculty members for teaching and research.
For food and nutrition equity, the new position could address any aspect of U.S. or global food and nutrition, including systemic racism and other forms of discrimination or other social and structural causes of systemic inequities. Areas of focus could include, for example, the reach and impact of nutrition assistance programs, the measurement and alleviation of food and nutrition insecurity, food economics, markets and policy, food industry practices and regulation, the role of disordered eating and weight stigma, employment conditions and demographic change in the food sector, or global food systems. Successful candidates may work in the U.S. or other countries, and may focus on particular nutritional or health outcomes or specific qualitative and quantitative research methods, developing novel and rigorous approaches to identify, address, and eliminate systemic inequities in food and nutrition.
For climate resilience, agriculture and equity, the new position could address any aspect of U.S. or global agriculture and farm communities, focusing on the development and use of climate-resilient innovations for a more inclusive and equitable food system. This position is expected to offer a new course on climate resilience and equity in agriculture and farm communities, with attention to both the United States and our global context. Areas of focus could include, for example, climate justice, maladaptation, changes in land use and rural-urban interactions, agricultural technology and management of crops and livestock, adaptation policy and livelihood transitions in agriculture, integrated modeling of agriculture, climate and ecosystem services, or new approaches to data analysis and evaluation about populations experiencing and responding to climate change.