University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences College of Biological Sciences, Falcon Heights, MN, USA
Dec 09, 2019Full time
About the Department The University of Minnesota Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB) seeks a bold and collaborative leader for the role of Head. The selected individual will lead a dynamic department internationally recognized for its interdisciplinary research, scholarship, teaching, and service. The department, highly ranked for ecology and environmental sciences, houses an active and diverse graduate program and 41 core faculty, 4 of whom are members of the National Academy of Sciences. With strengths in both theoretical and empirical research, EEB connects foundational investigations to broader applications. We value democratic decision-making and an inclusive department climate that encourages all to strive for excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, and service. For more information about EEB, including faculty research, please visit: https://cbs.umn.edu/academics/departments/eeb . EEB is located in the College of Biological Sciences (CBS), where research spans the molecular to the global in 5 departments and 5 primary graduate programs. CBS also supports research and teaching opportunities at unique facilities such as the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, one of the oldest in the nation; the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve; and the new Bell Museum of Natural History. Our Twin Cities campus is a comprehensive land-grant institution, including the Biotechnology Institute; Agricultural Experiment Station; the Institute on the Environment; Schools of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, and Public Health; and Colleges of Science and Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and more. The University supports world-class genomics, supercomputing, and imaging core facilities and libraries that provide resources, services, and information to support education, research, and professional practice and outreach missions. The State of Minnesota creates exciting prospects for research at the intersection of three major biomes with pronounced seasonal climate variation. The state provides generous support for biological research, including the Minnesota Discovery, Research, and Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative, a landmark partnership between the state and the University of Minnesota to align research and industry strengths to solve grand challenges, grow a robust economy, and develop local community partnerships. About the Job EEB seeks a leader with a broad and progressive vision, with strong knowledge of trends in research and funding, an interest in developing integrative partnerships with community stakeholders, and dedication to training and mentoring. The Department and College value diversity of thought, experiences, backgrounds and perspectives, and we encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply. Successful candidates will have demonstrated high ethical standards and are expected to lead in a transparent and collaborative manner with a strong commitment to diversity. The Head formulates and implements department policies and practices, nurtures the professional growth of individual faculty, creates a welcoming environment for diverse students and faculty, and works to improve the quality of research, program development, instruction, and outreach/community engagement. The successful candidate will have evidence of strong leadership skills and scholarly record, including success in leading teams, garnering extramural funding, producing high impact scholarly works, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and educate. Key Responsibilities of Position: The Department Head reports directly to the Dean; and works with the Dean, College leadership, other Department Heads, and faculty and staff to achieve collegiate goals. Overall Departmental Leadership Activities Serve as chief administrative officer of the department, with authority and responsibility for programs and resources, personnel, budget development and oversight, development and fundraising, and administrative planning. Provide leadership to the department in seeking additional funding sources, including developing a fundraising vision and potential government, foundation, industry and community partnerships. Establish, communicate, administer and interpret the department’s fiscal, programmatic, and personnel policies. Espouse and practice principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity and achieve diversity in the student body and workforce. Represent the department in its internal and external affairs. Work with a departmental Leadership Team consisting of an elected faculty Advisory Committee and appointed individuals within the department who hold key positions (such as Directors of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and program directors). Promote and maintain a high-quality learning environment for students. Provide shared leadership for the intellectual work of the department. Along with the departmental Leadership Team, provide leadership for strategic short-term and long-range goals, objectives, and plans. Provide leadership in faculty and staff development: orient new faculty, manage the tenure and promotion process consistent with CBS and University policies, nurture the professional development of faculty and staff toward excellence and national distinction in research, teaching, outreach/community engagement, and promote an open and inclusive work environment. In collaboration with the Advisory Committee, schedule, set agendas for, and facilitate departmental faculty meetings; run elections for departmental committees; appoint ad hoc committees as necessary. In addition to these roles as Department Head, the candidate is also expected to maintain an active research program and participate in the educational mission of the Department.