Chair and Associate Professor of Biology Nine MonthTenured Track
Instructions to applicants:
Due to COVID19 restrictions put in place by the local, state and federal government, Sul Ross State University is temporarily suspending posting of new positions and hiring to fill vacancies. We will continue to review the situation as it unfolds, to lift restrictions at the earliest possible time.Job Title:
Chair and Associate Professor of Biology Nine MonthTenured TrackLocation:
Biological Geo Phy SciencesPosting Date:
Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. Prefer broad training in biology, with preference in botany, genetics, or molecular biology. A strong interest in teaching excellence. Experience in university leadership and administration at the department level or higher.Primary Responsibilities:
Teach 8-9 semester credit hours per semester, in addition to Chair duties. Courses can include, but not be limited to, General Botany, Biology for Majors I, Cell Biology, Genetics, and advanced courses in their specialty. Delivery of courses will be through face to face as well as distance education and web-format. Candidates are encouraged to establish an externally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate students, as well as participate in professional development, and university and community service.
The Department Chair serves as mentor to faculty, colleagues and students, as well as a collaborator with other college administrative officers. The Department Chair interprets university policy, advocates for their department from the perspective of the best overall interests of the university, leads faculty in important processes that shape the curriculum and have an impact on the learning of students, and effectively articulates department and university missions to internal and external constituencies. Chairs evaluate the job performance of faculty and staff, approve recommendations for all faculty and staff appointments, re-appointments, and promotions; leaves of absence; travel authorizations, and other relevant department personnel functions. The Chair should be receptive to questions, complaints, grievances and suggestions from the members of the department, both academic and staff personnel, and from students. The Chair has the responsibility to take appropriate actions as required and in accordance with the policies and rules of the university. The Chair is responsible for working with the Dean of the College, Graduate Studies, and Graduate Committees regarding enrollment, curriculum planning and development, hiring professionals, and establishing or coordinating with external programs. The Chair is responsible for implementing College policy and rules within the department. The Chair is responsible for preparing and proposing budget requests, establishing expenditure priorities, and fairly and equitably administering the department budget, subject to the policies established by the dean and the university.
Responsible for personal safety and the safety of others; must exercise due caution and practice safe work habits at all times. Position is security sensitive.Other Information:
Nine month tenure-track position.
Salary: $65,000 (with Ph.D.); Applications to be reviewed upon receipt.
The University offers an excellent benefits package to faculty members including: a free basic individual health care package, the option of a state retirement or Optional Retirement Package (ORP), traditionally available summer teaching opportunities, small class sizes, and a small private liberal arts college environment rarely found in a state supported university.
Candidates must already be authorized to work in the U.S.
Texas Law requires a 60 day waiting period before new state employees are eligible to enroll in health insurance.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons in accordance with their individual, job related qualifications and without consideration of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and ancestry. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice, files a charge, testifies, assists or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing.
The Department of Biology, Geology, and Physical Sciences offers BS and MS degrees in biology, chemistry, and geology. The graduate programs in biology and geology enrolls approximately thirty students, primarily thesis seeking. Although research is encouraged, excellence in classroom instruction is the first priority of the department. Further information available on the department website (http://www.sulross.edu/BGPS)
Sul Ross State University, located in Alpine, Texas, is a member of the Texas State University System. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students on campus in Alpine.
At an elevation of 4,480 feet in the scenic Davis Mountains of West Texas, and on the periphery of the Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine enjoys mild winters and cool summers. Davis Mountain State Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe National Park are all within one to three hours’ driving distance from Alpine.