Chair of the Department of Biology, Howard University

Washington D.C.
Commensurate with experience
Jan 09, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chair of the Department of Biology, Howard University

Howard University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Biology.

The Department seeks an accomplished, dynamic leader with the ability to effectively engage faculty, staff, and students in a collegial and collaborative manner. The candidate must be an accomplished researcher with an established research program and proven track records of bringing external funds. It is expected the candidate has a strong record in academic leadership, and faculty development.

The Chair represents the Department of Biology as part of the University’s leadership team and is responsible for faculty and staff recruiting, development, and retention. The Department currently consists of twenty faculty with diverse research interests in the areas of cell and developmental biology, molecular and population genetics, physiology and neuroscience, and ecological and evolutionary biology.

The successful candidate must be adept at building and supporting multi-disciplinary partnerships within a diverse university community. Working in partnership with the senior administration of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Chair will be expected to embrace and contribute to the mission of the University. The Department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree organized around three areas of concentration: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Ecological and Evolutionary Biology. The Department particularly encourages students to participate in research opportunities offered by departmental faculty and by other academic, governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

At the graduate level, the Department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with research opportunities in Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral and research extensive university located in Washington, D.C., and is widely recognized as one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. This renowned urban research university offers a world-class curriculum that includes undergraduate degrees in 80 subject areas, master's degrees in 75 majors, doctoral degrees in 31 disciplines and professional certification in 5 fields.

Desired Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D. in Biology or closely related area;
  • Record of professional accomplishments and scholarship that meet the qualifications for appointment to the rank of professor in the College of Arts & Sciences;
  • Strong and sustained record of teaching excellence and interdisciplinary initiatives;
  • Strong and sustained record of research and creative accomplishments;
  • Substantial administrative personnel and budgetary experience;
  • Evidence of a commitment to and success securing external funding and fundraising;
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to helping students obtain a broad-based education;
  • Evidence in curriculum development including a commitment to collaboration and innovative pedagogies;
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communications skills with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex academic organization and work effectively with colleagues across divisions;
  • Evidence of effective community involvement, outreach, leadership, and demonstrated ability to forge partnerships and build productive relationships with both campus and external constituencies including alumni; and
  • Evidence of recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and staff, as well as teambuilding, supervision, and staff support for professional development.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements of administrative, research, and teaching philosophies. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately.

Howard University is being assisted by Harris Search Associates for this search. Please send application to address below or contact Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, for further details. 

Contact Information:
Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, Harris Search Associates
Tel: 614-798-8500 ext. 125 Cell: 614-354-2100
4236 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017
Email: [email protected]

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources at (202)238-5960.

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