Bastyr University appreciates your interest in employment at our vibrant private, non-profit institution. We now invite applicants for our Nutrition & Exercise Science Core Faculty Department Chair position.

About Bastyr:

Bastyr is a progressive internationally recognized pioneer in Natural Health Arts and Sciences education and research. Founded in 1978, the University today offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs that reflect multidisciplinary, science-based natural health curricula with an emphasis on the integration of mind, body, spirit, and nature. Regionally accredited since 1989, Bastyr University is composed of three schools, the School of Naturopathic Medicine, The School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences and the School of Traditional World Medicines. Bastyr is comprised of a main campus in Kenmore, WA, a health clinic in Seattle, and a branch campus and health clinic in San Diego.

Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
All new employees must provide proof of fully vaccinated status on or before their first workday. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.




The department chair’s work is 50% FTE administrative and 50% FTE teaching. Key administrative tasks include:

  1. Hiring, training, and mentoring junior and adjunct faculty
  2. Problem-solving and communicating effectively around faculty and student concerns
  3. Ensuring programs meet market needs, curriculum outcomes, and accreditation standards
  4. Leading with vision and charisma
  5. Representing and advocating for our programs within and outside the university
  6. Contributing to a collaborative and inclusive work environment
  7. Working with key staff to manage the business aspects of the department

The teaching load is 18 credits per year or approximately two 3 credit courses per quarter. Class sizes are small, allowing for excellent student-faculty interaction and creative teaching methods. Efforts will be made to match the courses assigned to the candidate’s strengths and experience.


Required qualifications include:

  1. Master’s or Doctoral degree in Nutrition, Food Studies, or related area
  2. At least 3 years of administrative experience
  3. At least 5 years of experience teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level

Preferred qualifications include:

  1. Current or prior ranking as an associate or full professor at a regionally accredited institution
  2. Credentialed as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)
  3. Experience with ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs
  4. Experience with a natural health, integrative, and functional


How to Apply:

Please refer to job #22-026 and position title when applying. Please submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vita listing qualifications and experience, and a statement of teaching philosophy to jobs@bastyr.edu.

Other Notes:

Bastyr University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision and prescription coverage; generous paid time off; access to Bastyr’s Centers for Natural Health; and a competitive 403(b) retirement plan.

Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact Bastyr University to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or by email.