Chair of the Department of Biology
Colorado State University
JOB DESCRIPTION and LONG ADVERTISEMENT
DESCRIPTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY: The Department of Biology at Colorado State University is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as excellence in research supported by >$30 million dollars in active grants. Faculty research interests include global ecological change, organismal interactions with pathogens, evolutionary ecology, stream ecology, developmental and physiological processes, regulation of gene expression, synthetic biology, molecular evolution, and plant biotechnology. The Department is home to about 1600 undergraduate majors, 75 graduate students, 65 postdoctoral fellows and research associates, and 30 regular faculty members.
Colorado State University and the Department of Biology provide a highly collaborative and supportive environment with opportunities to interact with faculty in other colleges on campus through programs such as the Program in Molecular Plant Biology (http://plant.biology.colostate.edu/), and the Graduate Degree Programs in Ecology (www.colostate.edu/Depts/GDPE/<http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/GDPE/Homepage.html>), in Cell and Molecular Biology (http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CMB/) and in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience (http://mcin.colostate.edu<http://mcin.colostate.edu/>/). The Department also plays a major role in entry-level instruction in the biological sciences through the Life-core set of courses-the Chair of Biology serves as one member of the Advisory Committee for this program. For more information about CSU in general and the Biology Department in particular, please visit the Biology Department website: http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Biology/.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department Chair serves as the chief administrative officer of the department and is appointed by the Dean of Natural Sciences. With the aid of appropriate departmental committees, the Chair institutes recommendations for appointments, promotion, contract renewal, tenure, salary increases, and dismissals; manages the department budget and teaching assignments; and is the direct liaison between the department and the university administration. The Chair is expected to provide dynamic leadership conducive to excellence in research, instruction, and outreach. As chief representative of the department, the Chair is expected to be an individual of demonstrated scholarship, actively engaged in research, who effectively represents the department to the university and the Biology community at large.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The Department Chair should have a proven record of excellence in research and teaching, and evidence of effective leadership. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Biology or an allied field and be eligible to hold the rank of Full Professor at a Carnegie RU/VH institution.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: It is essential that the Chair have the ability to communicate effectively with members of the department, administrative officials, students, and other members of the university community. The Department Chair should be engaged in an active research program, and have interest in participating in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and outreach.
EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS: This is a twelve-month, full-time position. Salary and other forms of support will be commensurate with qualifications.
SELECTION PROCEDURE: All completed applications will be screened and evaluated by the Search Committee, with input solicited from the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Biology. A list of candidates that the Committee regards as best qualified for the position will be presented to the Dean, who will make the final selection.
DATES AND RECORDS: The Chair position will be available as early as July 1, 2013. For full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 15, 2012.
To apply: combine into one pdf document these four documents: a letter of intent, statement of leadership experience and skills pertaining to research, teaching, and outreach, a current curriculum vitae (CV), statement of research accomplishments and future directions, and list of professional peers who can serve as references. Submit this document via: http://cns.natsci.colostate.edu/employment/BiologyChair
Application materials, including letters of recommendation of semifinalist candidates will be made available for review by the Biology Faculty. Additional inquiries should be addressed to:
Professor P. Shing Ho, Chair
Biology Chair Search Committee
College of Natural Sciences Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1801
Email: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
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