Chair of Department, Biology

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (US)
Competitive salary and excellent benefits package
March 08 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

The Misher College of Arts and Sciences at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, to begin July 1, 2017.

Job Description

The department has undergone a period of significant growth and development with multiple new faculty hires including both research intensive tenure track faculty as well as teaching intensive non-tenure track faculty.  In addition, the department has expanded academic programs and enhanced research infrastructure and research productivity.  The new department chair will be expected to foster the continued growth and development of the department and its faculty.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and a vision for the role of biological inquiry in the modern educational and research landscape.  Candidates must have extensive experience in both teaching and research in a relevant area of study, including receipt of funding from national research institutions, and the ability to effectively represent and promote the department internally and externally. The candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in an area of the biological sciences, a distinguished record of teaching, research and service, and be eligible for attaining the rank of Full Professor. Preference will be given to candidates with administrative experience. The finalist will be required to successfully pass a background check.

Essential Duties

In addition to strong departmental leadership, the chair will also provide strong fiscal and budgetary management, develop and promote a clear vision, build a strategic plan for the department, and ensure strong faculty mentorship.   The chair will enhance the department’s national and international reputation, and will continue to assure the department’s strong contribution to the teaching, research and service missions of the department, college, and university.

The application should include a C.V., a letter of application, a statement of leadership philosophy and contact information for at least three references.  Letters should be addressed to the search committee chair. Submissions should be submitted electronically through the University’s online application system.

The review of applications has started and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications will be held in confidence prior to the interview stage of the process. 



The department currently consists of 20 full-time faculty and nine staff.  More than 233 undergraduate majors are divided among B.S. programs in biology, biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science, microbiology, and environmental science.  The B.S. programs encourage students to explore research as early as their freshman year through the SEA-PHAGES program as well as by participating in active research projects in one of the many biology faculty research laboratories.  The departmental graduate programs, serving over 75 students, offer options such as a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology, an M.S. in cell biology & biotechnology, and certificate programs in brewing science or biotechnology.