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Chair, Department of Biology

Howard University
Washington D.C.

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Chair of the Department of Biology

Howard University 


Howard University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Biology. Our standard practice is to open all Department Chair searches to external candidates, as well internal candidates.


The Department seeks an accomplished, dynamic leader with the ability to effectively engage faculty, staff, and students in a collegial and collaborative manner. The candidate must be an accomplished researcher with an established research program and a proven track record of securing external funding. It is expected that the candidate will be experienced in academic leadership, and faculty development.


The Chair represents the Department of Biology as part of the University’s leadership team and is responsible for faculty and staff recruiting, development, and retention. The Department currently has twenty faculty with diverse research interests, over 1000 undergraduate biology majors and nearly 30 graduate students.


The successful candidate must be adept at building and supporting multi-disciplinary partnerships within a diverse university community. Working in partnership with the senior administration of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Chair will be expected to embrace and contribute to the mission of the University. The Department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Doctor of Philosophy degree organized around four areas of concentration: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Ecological and Evolutionary Biology, and Computational Biology. The Department particularly encourages students to participate in research opportunities offered by departmental faculty and by other academic, governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The new Chair is expected to be an active researcher who will lead the department in aligning its activities and productivity to help the University gain Carnegie R1 classification. 


Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral and research extensive university located in Washington, D.C., and is widely recognized as one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning.


Desired Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D. in Biology or closely related area with experience mentoring and training students at the graduate level;
  • Record of professional accomplishments and scholarship that meet the qualifications for appointment to the rank of Professor;
  • Strong and sustained record of teaching excellence and interdisciplinary initiatives;
  • Strong and sustained record of research and creative accomplishments;
  • Substantial administrative personnel and budgetary experience;
  • Evidence of a commitment to and success securing external funding and fundraising;
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to helping students obtain a broad-based education;
  • Evidence in curriculum development including a commitment to collaboration and innovative pedagogies;
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communications skills with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex academic organization and work effectively with colleagues across divisions;
  • Evidence of effective community involvement, outreach, leadership, and demonstrated ability to forge partnerships and build productive relationships with both campus and external constituencies including alumni; and
  • Evidence of recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and staff, as well as teambuilding, supervision, and staff support for professional development.


Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing:

1) Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above;

2) Current curriculum vita;

3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans;

4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and

5) Names and contact information for at least four references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.


The review of materials and screening of candidates will begin in December 2023; applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.  The desired starting date is in July 2024.


Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Dr. Quinton Williams and submitted electronically as one complete PDF file to


The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.




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