R0002327 – Biology Department Chairperson

Little Rock, Arkansas
Commensurate with education and experience
March 30 2021
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Doctoral/Research University by Carnegie Classification, invites applications for the position of Biology Department Chairperson (R0002327) at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin August 2021. We seek a candidate who will lead one of the largest departments in the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and understand the complexities of a modern metropolitan university with a diverse student population. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

Our location in the state’s capital city gives students immediate access to commercial and government entities with research and internship opportunities and cooperative education that provides unique learning experiences. The world-class medical facilities of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center are within a short distance of campus. Our central location in the state ensures easy access to each of the six distinct physiographic areas of the state.

The Department of Biology offers four undergraduate and two MS tracks, and a Ph.D. degree in association with the Applied Science Program. The Department has 12 full-time faculty members, three full-time instructors, two part-time instructors, 17 graduate assistantships, over 360 undergraduate majors, and about 30 graduate students. Faculty in the Department possesses broad research strengths in Plant Biotechnology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Computational Biology, Environmental Health Science, and Ecology and Organismal Biology. The Department has strong associations with other STEM departments on campus and with other universities and research facilities throughout the state.

Required Education and/or Experience: Ph.D. in one of the disciplinary fields of biology; A tenured full professor or associate professor with at least three years in rank; Previous administrative experience in higher education. 

Preferred Experience: Previous leadership experience in higher education; Experience developing strategies for faculty mentoring and support; Record of excellence and innovation in teaching, and experience with curriculum and program development; Management of budgets and research grants, and knowledge of various funding opportunities; Experience in promoting diversity and inclusion by recruiting, retaining, and graduating underrepresented students; Demonstrated ability to understand and balance the needs of distinct programs within a multidisciplinary department; Demonstrated ability to implement and oversee an effective departmental governance structure.

Application materials including a cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, a statement describing the candidate’s leadership philosophy and vision for the department, particularly in the areas of research, teaching, and diversity, and complete contact information for at least three references, must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources website at http://ualr.edu/humanresources/. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.