Professor and Chair

University of Maryland, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
College Park, Maryland
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers extensive benefits.
February 21 2019
Position #103664
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Position Number: 103664


The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park invites applications and nominations for a Tenured-Track position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA).

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) is a member of the American Association of Universities and is one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities with a world-class reputation for academics, research, and community involvement. UMD is the 1862 land-grant flagship university within the University System of Maryland, with over 2,500 faculty members, 27,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students. Agriculture is the largest commercial sector in Maryland, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed is a globally recognized model of stewardship of urban and agricultural ecosystems. The 1,300-acre campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor and students and faculty have ready access to the excellent research libraries, national and international research institutions, archives, non-profit agencies, and significant cultural landmarks of the Washington, D.C. area.

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture includes expertise in agronomy, crop science, agroecology, urban ecology, conservation biology, and landscape architecture with an overall goal to secure equitable food, water and energy resources for all people. Faculty are involved in solving some of the most pressing challenges impacting Maryland and beyond, including resilience of crop production and natural ecosystems to climate change, crop improvement, nitrogen utilization, small grain and horticultural food crop safety, food security, plant pathogen interactions, and development and physiology of plants. PSLA offers academic programs in Plant Biology, Landscape Architecture, Agronomy, Environmental Horticulture, Turf science, Urban Forestry and Agricultural Education. The department is also home to a robust graduate program in Plant Sciences and the Masters of Landscape Architecture.   The department has a total state budget of nearly $4.5M and over $2.2M in annual extramural funding. The department is located centrally on campus in the Plant Sciences Building and in the University of Maryland Research Greenhouse Complex, that houses the core of the University of Maryland Research Plant Growth Facilities.  The department also participates statewide in Extension programming. The campus location inside the capital beltway offers unique opportunities to collaborate with federal agencies and laboratories including USDA, NASA-Goddard, NIH, NSF, FDA, EPA, NPS, and APHIS. Additional details of the department’s personnel, programs and facilities can be found at:


Ensures effective representation and communication between the department faculty, staff, students, dean and other administrative officers of the University: Administers state, national, and international programs of the department, directs human, physical, and financial resources, assigns responsibilities to faculty and staff, and encourages the proactive development of strategic programs. Helps establish and implement a shared vision within the departmental community and furthers the efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion within the department and through access to departmental programs. The chair collaborates with senior university administrators, deans, associate and assistant deans, other UMD chairs, and Research and Education Center directors, as well as administrators of state and federal agencies in providing leadership for delivering integrated programs to meet the needs of students, extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders. The chair works with University of Maryland Extension (UME) to deliver educational programs throughout the State of Maryland.



The successful candidate must have a PhD in plant science, horticulture, agronomy, landscape architecture or a closely related discipline, be internationally recognized for accomplishments in research, instruction, and/or Extension, and be qualified to be tenured at the rank of professor at UMD. Additionally, the candidate must have significant administrative/managerial experience, possess outstanding communication skills, have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, administration, industry, and other clientele, demonstrated ability in attracting extramural funding, a deep understanding of the fields of plant science, agronomy, horticulture, and landscape architecture, and a strong desire to contribute to the land-grant mission.


  • Demonstrated ability to foster strong collaborations among internal and external research and academic partners in support of the department’s mission as a land-grant institution.
  • Leadership style that seeks consensus and inclusion in support of the shared governance model as designed and outlined by the department, college, and university.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a large, multi-faceted department or organization housed at several locations.
  • Experience in promoting and marketing teaching, research, and/or Extension to diverse national and international communities.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining external funding opportunities in support of research, teaching, and/or Extension activities.


  • Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.


Letters of nomination and/or application should be submitted no later than April 1, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. Applications should include a complete curriculum vitae, the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail of five professional references, and a letter describing the role of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture in today’s society as well as the applicant's abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the position. Applications and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Leslie Pick, Chair, Search Committee, Office of the Dean, University of Maryland, 1296 Symons Hall College Park, MD 20742. Electronic application is required and must be submitted through eTerp at Applications will be kept confidential.

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