Chair, Biological and Environmental Sciences

Birmingham, Alabama (US)
Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. A supplemental stipend will be provided for
February 01 2017
Position Type
Full Time

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the associate or full professor level. This tenure-track full-time faculty position is a 9-month appointment.

The departmental teaching philosophy is rooted in liberal arts. The chair will maintain a research program, collaborate with other science faculty at Samford, stimulate undergraduate research, assist with faculty and curriculum development, recruit prospective students and represent the biology faculty to the administration. The department chair will be responsible for teaching two courses each academic semester, which may include general biology or preprofessional classes for nonmajors or students in the College of Health Sciences.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. degree in a biological science and have an established history of excellence in research, teaching and leadership. They also will have attained the rank of full professor or held the rank of associate professor (or the international equivalent) for at least three years at an accredited institution of higher education.

Candidates must have a demonstrated history of effective collaborative and collegial leadership with evidence of judicious use of fiscal and spatial resources, and of active scholarship that integrates a wide range of modern biology and incorporates students (particularly students from groups underrepresented in science) into research activities, presentations and publications. Candidates must have experience teaching undergraduate-level biology courses in an undergraduate-focused environment, and demonstrate successful application of principles of engaged and innovative teaching.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.  A supplemental stipend will be provided for duties performed during the first summer session each year.

Samford University is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and is a nationally recognized academic institution. Samford is the top-ranked private university in Alabama, is ranked 4th in the South among regional universities by U.S. News & World Report, and has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. For more information please go to

Birmingham is located in a region with rich biodiversity and an active medical and environmental community. The Department of Biological and Environmental Science has 12 full-time and six part-time faculty members and approximately 100 undergraduate students. The department also houses a non-thesis master’s program in environmental management. The department actively supports and develops undergraduate researchers, having secured a National Science Foundation REU grant in 2013 (renewed in 2017) and SSTEM grant in 2015.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three references, description of leadership experience, description of research interests and activities, and a philosophy of teaching in a Christian university, specifically supported by two course syllabi from within the last three semesters. The teaching philosophy must also include a discussion of how the candidate has contributed to Christian mission in her or his career to this point and how the candidate hopes to contribute to the Christian mission of Samford as expressed in the university mission, vision and values statement. Please submit all application materials electronically to:
Attn:  Dr. Keith Elder, Chair
Samford University

Include “Biology Chair—[your name]” as the subject line.

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution that complies with applicable law prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or national or ethnic origin.