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Director and Professor

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College of Veterinary Medicine

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School of Molecular Biosciences

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School of Molecular Biosciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

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The College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University seeks a distinguished academic leader to be Director of the School of Molecular Biosciences (smb.wsu.edu).

This tenured appointment offers an exciting opportunity for leadership in developing new strategic initiatives and in advancing established areas of departmental excellence in pioneering biomedical research, and innovative teaching of undergraduate and graduate students. There are opportunities for substantial departmental faculty growth over the next 5 years.

Departmental Excellence in Research and Teaching:
The School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB) was formed over 20 years ago from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Department of Microbiology and Program in Cell Biology and Genetics. Our research mission employs molecular, cellular, and structural techniques to provide new biological insights that will contribute to the intellectual and physical well-being of society. Research expertise in the School represents the broad disciplines of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology/Genetics, and Microbiology/Infectious Disease. The research focus in SMB is on the application of functional genomics and other molecular techniques to 1) chromosome biology and DNA repair mechanisms, 2) animal reproduction and development, and 3) the biology of bacteria, archaea, and viruses as well as their role in pathogenesis and immunology. The School also performs educational research directed at enhancing instruction, learning, cognition, mentoring, and teacher training. The School is responsible for three undergraduate degree programs in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Genetics and Cellular Biology. Faculty and trainees also serve scientific societies, local and federal funding agencies, non-profit foundations, and other educational programs through volunteered efforts both nationally and internationally.

Reporting Structure / Funding / Faculty-Graduate Student Supervision:
The Director of SMB is responsible to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The College consists of five academic departments whose broad mission is research, teaching, and service in biomedical and clinical sciences. SMB has 24 permanent and 6 teaching faculty members and a growing graduate program.

The Director of the School of Molecular Biosciences will be an individual with outstanding academic credentials who can articulate a clear vision for leading and developing the department while promoting a broadly shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect, and support within the department, college, and university. The successful candidate is expected to have developed and sustained a productive, nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program complementary to the existing department and college strengths.
In addition, he or she will have a record of excellence in graduate education. The Directors’ portfolio will include fiscal management of SMB, participation in and promotion of mentoring and professional development for faculty members in research, teaching, and service, fostering of evidence-based teaching methods, curricular development and scholarship in teaching.

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Washington State University, Pullman
Washington State University’s educational enterprise serves the entire state—ranging from the metropolitan Puget Sound region to the rural areas of northeastern and southeastern Washington. That enterprise has expanded in recent years to better meet the needs of Washington’s growing economy and its increasing population.
The Pullman campus is the oldest and largest campus in the WSU system. Most of the system’s senior administrative team, including WSU’s president and provost, are based in Pullman. Enrollment totaled 21,022 students for the 2018 fall semester. About 1,500 faculty, supported by 1,600 graduate assistants and 2,900 administrators and staff, work on the Pullman campus.
Due to significant investments from the state as well as private and federal support, outstanding new campus facilities have been constructed and others upgraded during the past decade. Major new facilities include a digital classroom building, a plant sciences facility, a multicultural center, a veterinary and biomedical research building, and the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building.
Pullman Area
Pullman is one of the biggest little cities you’ll ever visit. Full of cosmopolitan amenities and down-home charm, this eastern Washington gem is also home to the flagship campus Washington State University. The city has repeatedly been recognized as one of Washington’s safest cities, one of America’s safest college towns, and one of the best college-town neighborhoods for adults. Whether you’re looking to go to school or relocating to the area, Pullman offers a diverse community committed to family values, sustainability, and a high quality of life. Pullman is a dynamic center of higher education, research, and culture. Part of the Knowledge Corridor that connects WSU to the University of Idaho eight miles to the east, the city is 75 miles south of Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city.
View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

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Full Time

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Commensurate upon education and experience.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold an earned doctorate [Ph.D./MD/DVM or equivalent] in the field of biomedical sciences or a related field. Applicants must be eligible for an academic appointment at the level of Professor. Eligibility includes at least five (5) years of service in an academic position at the level of full, associate, or assistant rank professor with a demonstrated outstanding record of achievement in teaching and research in the candidate’s field of study, as well as a record of exceptional service and leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

Internationally recognized, extramurally funded research activity with disciplinary leadership complementary to existing department and college strengths.
Demonstrated experience in graduate education.
Demonstrated record of success in fiscal and personnel management in an academic environment.
Experience working in an environment with simultaneous missions of biomedical research, and undergraduate and graduate teaching.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills including the ability to articulate the strategic vision.
Demonstrated successful engagement in and commitment to the recruitment, retention, inclusion, and development of a diverse faculty, staff and student community.

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Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin March 2, 2020, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The closing date of this position has been updated to December 13, 2020. Applications must include the following materials: 1) A current curriculum vitae and 2) Name, title, organization, phone number and email address for four people willing to serve as employment references, and 3) A cover letter that addresses the following:
a.Your professional goals as a Director of a large, research-intensive academic unit.
b.Your prior experiences and engagement in academic leadership.
c.Your experience with undergraduate and graduate education.
d.Your engagement and commitment to recruitment, retention, inclusion, and development of a diverse faculty, staff and student community.

Please contact Laurilee Kramer, Administrative Manager for SMB, at “[email protected]” or by phone at 509-335-1533 for questions or confidential expressions of interest about this position.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 12/13/2020
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