The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is seeking an RDN member of the Academy to serve as a fellow. Through the Foundation’s fellowship program, this fellow will serve as the lead for the Foundation’s “Advancing the Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics: Doctoral Standards” fellowship “AP fellowship”, a collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®).

The fellowship begins on or around Monday, January 10, 2022. This opportunity, available through funding from ACEND, is a full-time fellowship role for one year.

The fellow will work closely with ACEND and the Foundation to accomplish the goals of the fellowship.


Interested candidates should apply online by 3:00 pm CT on Monday, November 22, 2021. Applications should include a tailored letter of interest and resume.

Questions? Please read the Frequently Asked Questions first. Further questions can be directed via email to Nicci Brown, MS, RDN, Senior Program Manager, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation at with the subject “AP Fellowship”.

Overview and Responsibilities

The program will be built on the Foundation’s successful Fellowship model. The Foundation will select an advanced RDN fellow to lead this project for one year. To achieve the program’s goals, the Fellow will begin by convening an advisory group of eight to 12 experts to provide guidance and mentorship to the Fellow.

This project seeks to advance ACEND’s mission to ensure the quality of nutrition and dietetics education to advance the practice of the profession by:

  • Supporting the creation of standards for an advanced practice doctorate in nutrition program
  • Coordinating all aspects of a clinical skills workshop for program directors, faculty, and preceptors
  • Providing additional resources and materials based on ACEND Future Education Model data

The fellow will be responsible for leading this program of work with the support of ACEND, the Foundation, and the advisory group:

  • Lead and coordinate all efforts for the Expanded Standards Committee workgroup for the Doctoral Standards (10-15 hrs/wk), including:
    • Developing the rationale for the Advanced Doctorate Level Standards in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Assisting in the selection of Advanced Doctorate Level Standards Expanded Standards Committee members
    • Coordinating the work of the Expanded Standards Committee, including developing agendas, leading committee meetings, taking and disseminating meeting minutes, and creating standards documents
    • Leading the development of the advanced doctoral standards competencies and learning outcomes
    • Disseminating the final rationale on ACEND’s website and submitting for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
    • Creating infographics, templates and educational documents to support the dissemination and use of the new standards
    • Disseminating and promoting the standards through various communication channels, such as newsletters, webinars, and conference presentations
  • Lead the event planning and coordination for the one-day long ACEND clinical skills workshop (10-15 hrs/wk), including:
    • Working with the Academy’s dietetic practice groups to secure speakers (experts in tube feeding, injections, health screens, etc.)
    • Developing the workshop schedule, visuals, handouts, and other materials as needed to support the workshop
    • Promoting event outcomes
    • Collecting pre- and post-event metrics
  • Analyze and translate ACEND Future Education Model Standards Data (5-10 hrs/wk), including:
    • Drafting one to two manuscripts and submitting for publication in peer-reviewed journals
    • Translating findings as other accessible materials, such as fact sheets and infographics
    • Creating materials for faculty and preceptors to support competency-based education and assessment

Program success will be measured against the successful creation of the following deliverables:

  1. RDN expert selected as the fellow to lead the program of work.
  2. Advisory group assembled to provide project guidance.
  3. Final standards published for the Doctoral Standards.
  4. Clinical Skills workshop planned and executed.
  5. Submission of one to two publications on Future Education Model data to a peer-reviewed journal.

Additional Position Details

  • The position is based in Chicago, but applicants outside of area are encouraged to apply. The Fellow will not be required to relocate. Most work will be accomplished through telecommuting methods (webinars, conference calls, etc.) with occasional travel.
  • This is a full-time position.
  • ACEND, Academy, Foundation, and CDR Board members and staff are not eligible to apply.

Fellow Criteria


  • Credentialed status as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Five to seven years of relevant experience, particularly related to educating and/or precepting students
  • Doctoral degree in nutrition/dietetics, public health or other relevant degree


  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

 Fellow Skills:

  • As the program lead, qualified applicants must have demonstrated experience and expertise in:
    • Nutrition and dietetics program advising and/or directing
    • Knowledge of ACEND standards and the accreditation process, or related areas
    • Knowledge of key challenges facing nutrition and dietetics students and educators
    • Collaboration with external partners and organizations
    • Experience collecting, analyzing and reporting on data, such as through surveys, interviews and reviewing existing literature and reports
    • Preparing, submitting and publishing manuscripts and articles for peer reviewed journals
    • Presenting data from research projects to lay and professional audiences
  • Additional skills include:
    • Self-motivated with the ability to work and make decisions independently
    • Ability to function at a high level and lead this program of work
    • Strong leadership, interpersonal and team skills
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently

Additional Fellow Requirements

  • Willingness to travel as needed to ACEND meetings and related conferences (once travel is able to safely resume)
  • Willingness to participate fully in the expectations of the Foundation and ACEND, including project calls and reports, manuscript development and professional presentations
  • Availability and commitment to the full-time position beginning Monday, January 10, 2022 for one year
    • Please refer to the FAQ document for questions about the start date

Fellowship Award

The Foundation will provide funding support for the fellowship as follows:

  • $85,000 Fellowship Stipend
    The stipend is based on the standard set by other Foundation fellowships and includes a health insurance stipend.

Additional funds will be made available for travel stipends to support work-related travel, including lodging, meals and professional conference fees as well as for continuing education as deemed appropriate by the Foundation.

Additional benefits (retirement, etc.) are not available for this position.