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Chair, Department of Biology

University of Mississippi
University, Mississippi, US
Closing date
Dec 7, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Finance, Biology
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Chair, Department of Biology The University of Mississippi invites applications for the
full-time, 12-month administrative faculty position as Chair of the
Department of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts. The
University of Mississippi is an R1 institution in an exciting phase
of institutional growth and is located in the city of Oxford, a
vibrant community known for its small-town charm and outstanding
educational and cultural opportunities. The Department of Biology
has both tenured/tenure-track and instructional faculty, research
associates, M.S. and Ph.D. students, and one of the largest cohorts
of undergraduate majors and most robust course enrollments at the
university. It is home to a community with broad research interests
and expertise that span the hierarchy of biological organization
from genes to ecosystems (for more information visit
Candidates for the position of Chair must have a Ph.D. degree or
equivalent in any area of the biological sciences and professional
accomplishments commensurate with tenure at the rank of Professor,
including a history of productive scholarship supported by
extramural funding and documented strong graduate and undergraduate
teaching experience. We seek a chair who will provide innovative
and collaborative leadership to help the faculty shape a shared
vision for the department's future and to cultivate exemplary
research and teaching. Desired qualifications include experience
managing personnel and finances, strong interpersonal communication
skills, a commitment to shared governance, a collaborative
administrative approach that builds consensus across biological
disciplines, the ability to build and manage interdisciplinary
partnerships, and dedication to graduate student career
development. Candidates with demonstrable commitment and experience
in fostering diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities for
research, teaching, and learning are of particular interest.
To apply, visit Applications should
include: a letter of interest, a complete curriculum vitae, a
statement of administrative philosophy, a statement addressing
experience with and approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion,
a brief statement of research and teaching philosophy, and a list
of at least five references. Review of applications will begin
January 18, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. The
anticipated starting date is July 2022, but is flexible. Questions
about the position may be addressed to the search committee chair
Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger (, 662-915-7097).
The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any
employment practice, education program, or education activity to
all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable
laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does
not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or candidate for
employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship,
national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic
information. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Department Chair, Location: University, MS - 38677
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