National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging is interested
in working with colleagues from other universities who are on sabbaticals.
The Center offers partial support (negotiable up to $5000/semester) for
on-site semester, academic and calendar year sabbatical leaves.
goal of the sabbatical support program (SSP) is to stimulate nutrition
and aging outcomes research based on partnerships between university faculty
and local Elderly Nutrition Programs (ENPs) or long-term care (LTC) facilities.
Studies show that too few nutrition faculty members are involved in outcomes
research. Likewise, most service agencies, including ENPs and LTC facilities,
feel ill equipped to design studies and data collection procedures or
attempt any type of research. Faculty applicants are expected to provide
a letter from a community agency or LTC facility indicating an interest
in collaborating, along with an idea for an outcomes project.
are available to expand gerontology/geriatrics experience in home, community
or long-term care settings, to delve into policy analysis related to nutrition
and aging, to sharpen technical assistance and training skills and to
develop gerontology/geriatric curricula for undergraduate and graduate
courses. There will be opportunities for developing applied research protocols
with community groups, for using pilot data in seeking public/private
sponsorship at home, and for overcoming other challenges inherent in applied
Center has hands-on experience in applied research and the documentation
of outcomes, e.g., the Morning Meals on Wheels Pilot Project. The Centers
AoA/HCFA LTC demonstration project uses new tools, i.e., NSI Nutrition
Care Alerts and ADA Nutrition Risk Assessment and Intervention Strategies,
to identify, prevent and rectify quality of care deficiencies in nursing
completion of the SSP, faculty should find it easier to establish applied
research projects with community agencies at home. They will be able to
develop outcomes studies that demonstrate the value of food and nutrition
services in reducing nutrition risk, increasing independence, and improving
quality of life for older adults in home, community and LTC settings.
Faculty will also be able to enrich the educational opportunities in aging
for undergraduate and graduate students.
Center, located on the University Park campus of Florida International
University, is in west Miami-Dade County on the Tamiami Trail (US 41)
and Florida Turnpike Extension. FIU is an attractive safe suburban campus
in a multicultural community. Send letter of interest, CV and anticipated
sabbatical dates to the Center at FIU--OE200, Miami, FL 33199 or direct
inquiries to NS Wellman, firstname.lastname@example.org
or DO Weddle, email@example.com; phone, 305-348-1517;