Chairperson, Department of Biology

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
August 27 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Vacancy #: 936808
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Organizational Unit Overview

The Department of Biology ( is one of 16 departments in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville, NC. East Carolina University, the third-largest campus in the University of North Carolina system, is inviting applications from individuals interested in becoming the Chair of the Department of Biology. Consisting of 45 faculty and 12 staff, the department trains over 1,100 undergraduate students and over 70 graduate students every year. The department offers two undergraduate degrees (BS in Biology and a BS in Biochemistry) and two MS degrees, and it is the largest participant in—and leads the administration of—the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Biological Sciences. In addition, faculty in the department advise doctoral students in the Coastal Resource Management PhD program. There is a broad set of research interests represented by our faculty with specific areas of strength including biodiversity, coastal ecology, evolutionary biology, developmental and molecular biology, biomedicine, genomics, and science pedagogy. Our faculty are campus leaders in research productivity, and we seek a leader who embraces the diversity of research disciplines represented in the department and can actively foster cross-disciplinary collaborations. Department faculty are well recognized on campus, nationally and internationally for their efforts in research, teaching and service as evidenced by publications in leading journals, and by the numerous awards and professional appointments that they have received. Faculty and students in the Department of Biology have ample opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines, including those at East Carolina University's College of Engineering, Brody School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, and Coastal Studies Institute. The Department of Biology is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The department oversees several research facilities including the Central Environmental Lab, Microscopy lab, and Genomics Core. East Carolina University is currently finalizing plans for a new greenhouse facility and construction is underway of a Life Sciences Building that will serve as the new home of the Department of Biology.


Job Duties

The Department of Biology seeks to fill the position of department chair with an anticipated start date as early as July 1, 2019 but no later than August 12, 2019. This is a 12-month position. The Chair's responsibilities include leadership of the department in all facets: implementing of the department's five-year strategic plan; promoting excellence in faculty research and teaching; ensuring quality, integrity, and growth of student degree programs; supporting departmental, college, and university policies and standards; fostering collegial relations in departmental governance; and effectively representing the department to internal and external constituents. The chair is expected to spend at least 50% of their effort on administration and leadership duties, with the remaining 50% devoted to research, teaching, and service.


Minimum Education/Experience

Qualifications for the position include: (1) a Ph.D. in Biology, or a Biology-related discipline; (2) a strong and continuing record of scholarly publications and productivity; (3) demonstrated excellence in teaching and service; (4) administrative experience or evidence of leadership and management skills commensurate with the position; and (5) a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity. The successful candidate must be eligible for appointment at the rank of Professor.


Special Instructions to Applicant

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities for all, the Department actively encourages members from all underrepresented groups in higher education to submit applications. Screening will begin October 15, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled.


To apply, complete a candidate profile and submit (1) a CV, (2) a letter of interest that includes statements about your teaching, research, administrative experience and philosophy and commitment to diversity, and (3) the names and contact information for three references online at Those selected following initial screening for additional video or on-campus interviews will be asked for three letters of recommendation, discussing administrative experience and/or potential, to be emailed to Proper documentation of identity and employability, and an official graduate transcript are required at the time of employment.

For questions, please contact Dr. Andrew T. Morehead, Jr., Chair of the search committee, at or 252-328-9702.

Additional Instructions to Applicants

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 936808 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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