Department Head, Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science - 19000001WJ

University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN

ID: 7062602
Posted: December 5, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science at the rank of associate or full professor. This is a tenure-track, 12-month position with appointment to begin July 1, 2020. The field of specialization is open, but candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, or a related discipline to be considered. The successful candidate must show evidence of administrative skill and experience and have the ability to foster and maintain collaborative relationships across disciplines within the department, with other programs and departments throughout the University, with the administration, and with external entities. Applicants should have a strong record of excellence in teaching and evidence of scholarly productivity. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. In particular, we are interested in candidates who have contributed to or have plans to contribute to programs that increase the participation of underrepresented students and/or faculty in the sciences. A record of fostering or potential to foster diversity in STEM fields will be considered as well.

The Department offers undergraduate B.S. degrees in three primary areas – i.e., biology, geology, and environmental science – with numerous concentrations in each, as well as an M.S. in environmental science. With approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students/majors, and 35 faculty actively engaged in teaching and research, the Department also contributes substantially to the University’s general education program. Department faculty have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations across the university and the surrounding community. Additional information about the Department can be found at

In addition to carrying out administrative duties for the Department, the responsibilities for this position include teaching two courses per year. A 12-month contract will be offered at a salary commensurate with background and experience.


Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, or a related discipline;

Record of research, teaching, and service sufficient to be tenured in the Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science at the associate or full professor rank;

Demonstrated commitment to attracting and supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and student body;

Outstanding leadership, collaboration and consensus-building skills;

Ability to teach introductory/advanced courses in their discipline;

Demonstrated ability to embrace and promote multiple departmental/academic disciplines, including the human health and natural sciences components of the B.S. Biology program, the B.S. Geology program, and the interdisciplinary B.S. and M.S. Environmental Science programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years of full-time administrative experience;

A record of success in supporting and advocating for departmental colleagues, including tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, support and administrative staff, and students;

Evidence of mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty;

Experience in assessment and curriculum development;

Active and on-going research agenda, with a record of achieving external grants;

The motivation and dedication needed to develop and maintain positive relationships with donors, alumni, and the professional community;

Support and willingness to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including online instruction;

Willingness to engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan, including a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Application Procedures

Applicants should prepare to submit all of the following information to our online application system for consideration:

A letter of interest addressing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, as well as the applicant’s interest in/commitment to managing a complex, multidisciplinary department with approximately 1000 student majors, 35 full-time faculty, four professional staff, active laboratory and field-based research programs, and 30-50 active state, grant, and contract accounts;

CV, including up-to-date personal contact information;

Recent evidence of teaching effectiveness;

A one- to two-page (single-spaced) statement of departmental leadership philosophy;

A one- to two-page (single-spaced) description of research agenda and program;

Names, titles, and email addresses for 3-5 professional references for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested.

Applications must be submitted electronically by January 10, 2020.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


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