Department Chair - Biological Sciences

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Clemson University: College of Science: Biological Sciences
Department Chair - Biological Sciences

Location: Long 132

Clemson University invites applications and nominations for the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. The individual who holds this leadership position will serve as the executive officer of the Department and report directly to the Dean of the College of Science. Candidates are expected to merit the rank of Professor with tenure, have an internationally recognized record of scholarship, and possess significant leadership experience.

The Department seeks a Chair excited to provide leadership with shared governance in areas of (1) recruitment, development, and retention of faculty and staff talent; (2) enhancing existing academic programs and developing new relevant programs and/or degrees; (3) increasing doctoral enrollments; (4) expanding external research funding; (5) strengthening inclusive excellence; and (6) establishing a strategic vision, goals, and implementation plan for the Department that aligns with ClemsonForward (Clemson University's strategic plan) and SciForward (College of Science's strategic plan). Additionally, the Chair will serve on the College's Leadership Team.

The Chair is expected to demonstrate outstanding fiscal acumen in both strategic allocation of resources and expanding entrepreneurial revenues. The Chair will work together with the Dean and the Director for Development to cultivate external support to advance Biological Sciences. The University and the College are committed to building diverse and inclusive leadership with support from a NSF ADVANCE-IT grant.

About the Department:

The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University harnesses faculty expertise across the areas of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology; microbiology; molecular, cellular and developmental biology; and environmental toxicology to advance the University's discovery mission and provide strong educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Department, located within the College of Science, is home to 60+ full-time faculty supporting research and degree programs in Biological Sciences, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology. The department's student population includes 350+ graduate students in MS and PhD programs in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Environmental Toxicology and an on-line MS program for Science Educators and 1700+ undergraduate students in BA and BS degree programs in Biological Sciences and Microbiology. The Department offers ~45,000 student credit hours annually and has an operating budget of $9M. Competitive external research funding credited to Biological Sciences for FY18 was $2.7M in expenditures.


Required: Qualified candidates will have an earned doctorate relative to the field. Additionally, candidates should currently hold the rank of professor or demonstrate a professional appointment consistent with appointment as professor with tenure in the Department of Biological Sciences and have a demonstrated international reputation for excellence in research. It is expected that candidates will have secured significant federally competitive funding and demonstrated understanding across NSF, NIH, USDA, DOE or DOD funding agencies.

Preferred: The ideal candidate for this role will have a strong record of strategic vision, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to strengthening a multidisciplinary team and the university's mission of discovery, learning and engagement at an R-1 institution. Strong candidates will have experience proactively supporting and engaging multidisciplinary and diverse teams as well as effectively managing and engaging multiple internal and external stakeholder groups. Finally, the ideal candidate will have a history of excellence in strategic financial management and supporting inclusion, equity, and performance excellence.


HOW TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of vision for Biological Sciences at Clemson University, and the names/contact information of five references via Interfolio by March 8, 2019 for full consideration. *Note: References will not be contacted until final stages of the interview process.

Reach out to Danielle Arrington, Recruiter, at 864.656.5487 or [email protected] for further questions.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.





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Posted: 2/28/2019
Application Due: 4/29/2019
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