2049 Dietetic Internship Director and Certificate Advisor


TITLE Dietetic Internship Director and Certificate Advisor


GRADE Unclassified


IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Department Head of Public Health and Sports Medicine


The Dietetic Internship Director and Certificate Advisor (Di director) coordinates all aspects of the program and works closely with departments and faculty with courses and options in the program.


Education: A Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline is required. Must be eligible for a full-time appointment as research or clinical faculty at Missouri State University and be eligible for graduate faculty status at the University. 

Registration and Licensure: Registered Dietitian credentials and licensure as a dietitian in the State of Missouri are required.

Experience: At least five years of experience as a registered dietitian is required and must include a minimum of two years of experience as a clinical dietitian. Experience in dietetics education including teaching dietetics courses, creating and revising curriculum, advising students, and/or mentoring student research is required. Familiarity and experience with online technologies is preferred.

Skills: Effective verbal and written communication skills are required. Effective interpersonal skills and organizational skills are required. Expertise in program development, analysis, and evaluation is required. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with University administrators, faculty, staff, and students is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Administers the Dietetic Internship and Certificate Advisor program (DI Program) by coordinating decisions regarding the admission and progress of graduate students in the program, co-chairing the Dietetic Programs Advisory committee, serving as representative for the DI Program to the Graduate Council, coordinating curricular actions for the program, maintaining program records, and managing the DI budget in coordination with the Department Head.

2. Assures all Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accreditation standards, policies, and procedures are met.

3. Develops policies and procedures for effectively managing all components of the program and to ensure fair, equitable and considerate treatment of prospective and enrolled students (such as program admission, retention and completion policies).

4. Directs public relations and student recruitment efforts.

5. Serves as the initial academic advisor for graduate students enrolled in the program.

6. Evaluates student satisfactory attainment of the program requirements and provides counseling as needed to address areas of concern.

7. Maintenance of program accreditation including:

8. Timely submission of fees, reports and requests for major program changes;

9. Maintenance of the all program’s student records;

10. Maintenance of complaints about the program received from students or others, including disposition of the complaint; 
  1. On-going review of program’s curriculum to meet the accreditation standards;
  2. Communication and coordination with program faculty, preceptors and others involved with the program and its students;
  3. Facilitation of processes for continuous program evaluation; and
  4. Timely submission of required documentation supporting the graduate's eligibility for a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam.
  5. Provision or delegation of responsibilities to assure year-round coverage of director responsibilities in the absence of the director or in cases where the director’s full-time appointment does not cover all 12 months. In programs where the program director assigns some responsibilities to other individuals, the director must ensure all program director responsibilities are accomplished throughout the year.
  6. Remains competent and current through maintaining RDN/LD credentials, self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the supervisor.
  7. The program management time allocation is 75/25, with 75% allotted to managing the program and teaching graduate courses and 25% allotted to teaching undergraduate courses. This time allotment includes release time equivalent to three credit hours which are given fall and spring semesters for program administration duties including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation critical for program effectiveness; summer duties will include necessary administrative duties of the program.
  8. Teaching duties during fall and spring will not exceed 9 contact hours per semester and may include graduate and undergraduate courses. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

11. Facilitates a learning environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the department by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Department Head of Public Health and Sports Medicine. Helps to ensure the success of the DI Program by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Dietetic Internship Director and Certificate Advisor is supervised by the Department Head of Public Health and Sports Medicine.