Department Head - Biology & Microbiology

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

ID: 7075349
Posted: February 22, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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South Dakota State University invites applications for the position of Department Head of Biology/Microbiology in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department of Biology and Microbiology seeks an innovative individual with vision and strong leadership skills who is committed to establishing collaborative relationships, fostering an environment in which faculty and stakeholders are engaged partners, and who communicates consistently and effectively. This is a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track, benefits-eligible administrative appointment that carries an academic rank of Professor. This leadership position serves as the executive officer of the department and is supervised by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

• Provides leadership to develop and maintain strong, relevant research, teaching, and outreach programs.
• Leads the department in establishing collaborative relationships and fostering an environment in which faculty and stakeholders are engaged partners.
• Provides the department with consistent and effective communication.
• Teaches one course per academic year.

The desired candidate will possess the following minimum and preferred qualifications:

• A Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related discipline.
• Evidence of scholarly, professional or creative achievement sufficient to qualify for tenure in the Department of Biology and Microbiology at the Professor rank.
• A strong commitment to and demonstrated success towards the advancement of undergraduate and graduate education with an emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and scholarship.
• Prior personnel supervisory experience.
• Demonstrated leadership capabilities, e.g., a nimble strategist with a record of successful academic leadership with a knowledge of, appreciation for, and commitment to the philosophy and programs of a land-grant institution.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

• Experience in academic administration, e.g., demonstrated experience overseeing complex budgets, fiscal matters, strategic planning and personnel management.
• Candidate should be nationally recognized in their field.
• Commitment and demonstrated success towards the advancement of the diversity of students, faculty and staff, and to advancing an inclusive climate that stimulates excellence.
• Understanding and appreciation of evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning.
• Ability to develop and implement a bold vision for the future of the Department and a proven record of envisioning, developing and sustaining innovative programs that foster excellence in teaching, increased research and service.
• An effective collaborator and consensus builder who can communicate with multiple constituencies and enable partnerships with other colleges and universities, government agencies, stakeholders and corporations.
• Capability to identify, recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff.
• Ability to stimulate growth in recruitment and retention of students.
• A track record of successful fundraising with a talent for identifying and cultivating entrepreneurial opportunities.
• Strong communicator and commitment to openness, collaboration and shared decision-making.

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of:
1) a Curriculum Vitae.
2) A cover letter that specifically addresses how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement and provides a brief overview of how his/her career has prepared the candidate for a departmental leadership position, the leadership and management style of the candidate, and the candidate´s vision of strengthening the teaching, research and service mission of the Department (three-page limit); and
3) a reference page with the names and contact information of at least three professional references.

Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.


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