Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Job ID: 223366
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Kennesaw State University (KSU) unites a diverse and dynamic body of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to understanding molecular interactions and their outcomes across many biological scales, from molecules to the collective organization of multicellular organisms.

Job Summary
Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a twelve-month, tenured faculty member meeting the requirements of full professor to serve as Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology beginning July 1, 2021. The College of Science and Mathematics seeks a visionary and effective leader to serve as chair of the Department.

The ideal candidate will have a distinguished record in a field that interfaces with the Department's research programs, and a strong history of extramural funding. The candidate should be responsive to, and advocate for the interests of a growing department comprised of a dedicated and diverse faculty serving a vibrant student body. They will demonstrate commitment to shared governance, collaborative decision-making, and the values of inquiry, fairness, and collegiality. Compelling applicants will be committed to incorporation of inclusive excellence principles in teaching, research, and administrative operations in the department.

Primary responsibilities of the Chair, who reports to the Dean, include, but are not limited to:

    Promoting a work environment that is respectful, fair, caring, and inclusive for all faculty and staff; Maintaining an extramurally funded research program in molecular, or cellular, or developmental, or microbial biology or a similar field; Recruitment of faculty and staff; Managing and developing faculty and staff; Managing department budget and resources; Supporting a transparent shared governance environment; Providing oversight of academic programs and developing new ones; Advocating for the department with respect to the mission and expectations of the department, college and university; Implementing a plan for the departmental role in strengthening KSU as an R2 research institution.

Required Qualifications
An earned doctoral degree, or its foreign equivalent, in an area of molecular, or cellular, or developmental, or microbial biology or a similar field is required.

Preferred Qualifications
    A strong record of successful leadership, including faculty and student mentoring, program and curriculum innovation, and the cultivation and promotion of a shared vision among colleagues;
  • Administrative experience, including budgeting, in a department, college, or university setting;
  • An understanding/record of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity;
  • Record of excellence in teaching, reflective of current and best practices;
  • Experience working with colleagues in multiple specialties or disciplines;
  • Excellence in scholarly and creative activity;
  • A record of professional service and community engagement at department, college, university, discipline, and/or community levels;
  • Interest in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Required Documents to Attach
  1. CV;
  2. Cover letter;
  3. Statement of research interest;
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy;
  5. Leadership vision statement;
  6. Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire);
  7. Names and contact details of three references.

Apply Before Date
To guarantee full consideration, applications must be received by February 28, 2021.

Contact Information
For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Sherry Ni, Associate Direct of the School of Data Science and Analytics, [email protected], 470-578-2251.

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at [email protected]. For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007.

Participant ID: 61415

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Job No:
Posted: 2/11/2021
Application Due: 2/11/2033
Work Type: Full Time