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Department Head

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Department Head

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Work Schedule:

M-F 8am-5pm

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Forest Biomaterials

About the Department:

The College of Natural Resources:

Founded in 1929 as the School of Forestry, the College of Natural Resources (CNR) at North Carolina State University (NC State) has a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research, extension, and outreach. From its beginning, the college’s scope and reach has steadily grown to reflect evolving industry needs, societal changes, and environmental concerns.

Today’s college is a national leader, ranked #4 in the 2021 Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation, in addressing the many ways that people’s physical, economic and social needs are met while protecting the planet’s natural resources for future generations. Experts in the college’s extension programs are in the field every day working with businesses, industries, government, nonprofits, communities and citizens across North Carolina to provide programs and services that foster healthy communities and economies. Stationed throughout North Carolina, these professionals support the state’s largest manufacturing sector, forest and wood products; pulp and paper and allied industries; its largest service sector, tourism; and more than half a million forest landowners.

The college’s vision is to be a world leader among units of its kind, and the go-to place for solutions to natural resource challenges in both the built and natural environment. The college is committed to creating an environment where diversity and inclusion are celebrated and valued. Diversity opens the door for innovation as people from all backgrounds work together to solve today’s complex problems. Inclusion involves empowering all community members to reach their highest potential academically, professionally and personally.

CNR’s teaching, research, and extension programs require high-quality spaces for students and faculty to find solutions to today and tomorrow’s most pressing societal, technological, and sustainability issues. The college’s natural environments, living labs, built space and applied research resources are essential to NC State’s Think and Do environment.

The college is organized into various units, including administration, business services, academic affairs, information technology, forest assets, extension, diversity and inclusion, advancement and research administration; three departments – Forest Biomaterials, Forestry and Environmental Resources; and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; two centers, including the Center for Geospatial Analytics; and a number of research cooperatives and consortiums.

The Department of Forest Biomaterials:

The Department of Forest Biomaterials, part of NC State’s College of Natural Resources (CNR), is a global leader in research and educational excellence in the areas of pulp and paper manufacturing, biomass utilization, and sustainable biomaterials. The Department focuses on developing practical, innovative solutions to industry challenges. It serves the public, supporting the land-grant mission of NC State University, translates and applies research that drives discovery and generates value, advances knowledge through science, and educates and trains future leaders.

The department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in Paper Science and Engineering (PSE) and Sustainable Materials and Technology (SMT). The PSE degree program is co-administered by the College of Engineering and has a dual degree option that allows students to also earn a BS degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The PSE program is the largest and most successful in the country while the SMT program, fully accredited, is relatively new and already in high demand.

The department is home to 20 full-time faculty, 13 staff members, 8 non-faculty (including one instructional designer, two research associates, one extension associate, and four BioResources personnel), 6 postdocs, 47 graduate students, and over 200 undergraduate students.

On-campus facilities include classrooms, laboratories, pilot plants, and state-of-the-art research and testing facilities including the Robertson Paper & Pulp Laboratory, the Hodges Wood Products Laboratory, the Forest Biomaterials and Bioenergy Laboratories, the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center, and laboratories dedicated to life-cycle analysis and business intelligence.

Research activities include programs funded by government and corporate sponsors interested in scientific and engineering innovation applied to a wide array of new forest-based materials, bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy sources and novel manufacturing processes.

Essential Job Duties:

NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of the head of the Department of Forest Biomaterials. The department head will clearly articulate a vision that is aligned with the strategic plan of the College of Natural Resources and collaborate broadly across the college and university to achieve that vision. Reporting to the dean, the department head oversees academic, administrative, and budgetary matters and is the spokesperson representing the department to the college, university administration, external clientele, and outside constituents and stakeholders.

The Department head is responsible for:

  • Providing intellectual and organizational leadership and effective management to academic, research, extension, and outreach programs in the context of a broad and dynamic vision of the Department of Forest Biomaterials;
  • Creating an environment that encourages a culture of integrity, innovation, entrepreneurialism, and collaboration among students, faculty, and staff;
  • Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an equitable and inclusive working environment;
  • Promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty, and staff
  • Engaging alumni, industry, and other potential supporters; participating in increasing understanding and support for the Department and the College as a contributor to the well-being of the state, nation, and world
  • Supporting faculty development that advocates, recognizes and rewards excellence in research, teaching and mentoring, extension, and outreach;
  • Fostering a culture of high-impact interdisciplinary collaboration in research, teaching and service within the college and across the university;
  • Developing partnerships, both internally and externally, that foster the priorities of the department, college and university;
  • Supporting fundraising activities that are consistent with the priorities of the department, college and university;
    Respecting and adhering to university policies and the principles of fiduciary responsibility and stewardship of resources;

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

The Department is seeking an outstanding individual who will be expected to have a strong commitment to academic and research excellence commensurate with the expectations of a major research university. Candidates shall possess a doctoral degree in paper science and engineering, chemical engineering, wood products, materials science, or a related field and credentials to be appointed at the rank of Professor with tenure in the department. The successful candidate will possess an outstanding record of research, teaching, administrative and leadership accomplishments along with a strong record of commitment to human and intellectual diversity.

Candidates should have experience and demonstrable skills in leading and managing programs, people, and positive change in environments similar to those found within research extensive universities. The Department Head must have a track record of working effectively with faculty, students, staff, administration, industry and departmental partners, and funding agencies. Demonstrated innovation towards diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential to success.

Other Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess strong organizational, leadership, and team building skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates should have ability and evidence of active leadership and innovative thinking; administrative experience (e.g., graduate/undergraduate coordinator, Department Chair, Center Director, Project Manager, or highly productive research/technology transfer programs); teaching experience; an appreciation of the diverse disciplines representative of the CNR; experience in managing and working with budgets; active involvement in forest procedures or related industries; and building consensus among departments.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and may be directed to Frank Barragan, Recruitment Services Manager, at (919) 515-4365 or [email protected], or to David Tilotta, Professor of Forest Biomaterials, at (919) 515-5579 or [email protected]

Confidential review of applications will begin in August of 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

In addition to an application, candidates should provide the following:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Cover letter stating the motivation for the application;
  • A statement on contributions that have been made to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This statement should include an explanation of what advancing each of these areas means to you, how you encouraged or promoted these areas in your professional career, and your future goals for advancing each of these areas if hired for this position (upload as other document 1); and
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Fire/Explosions, Mandatory - Medical Emergencies, Mandatory - Hazardous Material Incidents, Mandatory - Transportation Accidents, Mandatory - Evacuations/Natural Hazards, Mandatory - Utilities/Infrastructure Failure, Mandatory - Threats of Violence/Terrorism/Interpersonal Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

150301 - Forest Biomaterials


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

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NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

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More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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