Chair, Department of Biology

Richmond, Virginia (US)
Depends on Experience
October 06 2017
Organization Type

Chair, Department of Biology

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences. We seek applicants with an excellent record of scholarship, extramural funding, academic leadership, and a strong commitment to teaching and student engagement. We are seeking candidates at the rank of full professor, although exceptional applicants at the associate professor level will be considered. The successful candidate's research will complement the interdisciplinary research of the department, and the candidate will have demonstrated an ability to work collaboratively across diverse academic communities. The role of the Chair is to function as an effective academic leader and vital member of the college's leadership team while helping to advance the goals of the university, college and department. This will include direction of visioning and strategic planning processes of the department, advancing and shaping its multi-faceted research and teaching programs, providing professional, intellectual, and administrative leadership, and stewarding the daily operations of the unit. The Chair is also responsible for evaluating faculty and staff, assigning workloads, allocating resources, and communicating between the department and the college.

Virginia Commonwealth University has an enrollment of 32,000 students, including over 2,000 undergraduate and over 75 graduate students in biology. The Department of Biology has 50 faculty with diverse teaching and research interests including Cell Regulation, Evolution, and Ecological Processes and Applications. In addition to a M.S. program, biology faculty mentor students in the Integrative Life Sciences doctoral program. The department has outstanding facilities and support from other units at VCU, with onsite confocal microscopy core, next-gen sequencers, animal vivarium, access to the Nucleic Acid Research Facility, Center for High Performance Computing, as well as access to the Rice Rivers Center for Environmental Life Sciences, a field station devoted to a wide range of ecological and environmental research along the historic James River. Additional information about the department and faculty can be found at

Application review will begin November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

All applicants are required to apply online at and provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of academic leadership that discusses creative approaches and experiences in developing academic programs and ability to lead a diverse department toward excellence in research, teaching and service; and the contact information of five professional references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core component of its mission and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.