Description: The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences ( Bumpers College) at the University of Arkansas seek an energetic individual to provide creative and exemplary leadership to the research, teaching and extension programs in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences. The successful candidate will proactively lead continuing efforts to build strong, avant-garde, transformative, multidisciplinary research and extension programs in applied and basic research in agronomy, crop science, soil science, environmental science, and related disciplines, and provide leadership in teaching programs. The Department Head promotes departmental interests at the state, regional, national, and international levels, maintains relationships with the other disciplines in the University of Arkansas System, agricultural organizations, state and federal agencies and other Land-Grant universities, and with leaders of the agricultural industry. The Department Head is responsible for the academic programs of the department within the Bumpers College, management of both on-campus and statewide faculty, and is accountable to the Division of Agriculture’s Senior Associate Vice Presidents for Research and Extension and to the Dean of the Bumpers College.
Responsibilities: Provide exemplary leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing research, teaching, and extension programs. Duties also include: (1) administrative and fiscal leadership for departmental personnel, programs, and physical resources, (2) leadership in planning, faculty development, and pursuit of extramural funding, (3) coordination with other university programs, professional and governmental agencies, and industry groups, and (4) development of an understanding of agriculture in Arkansas and the evolving research priorities in departmental disciplines including, but not limited to crop science, soil science and environmental science. The Department Head provides administrative leadership to the teaching programs including instruction, student recruitment, retention, and liaison with students and alumni. The Department Head also serves as part of the broader administrative team of the Division of Agriculture and the Bumpers College.
Application: Applicants should send a letter stating their interest and qualifications and which includes their professional vitae and names of five individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. In addition, the applicant is asked to include no more than a two-page statement on: (1) his/her professional goals, (2) the challenges facing the discipline and industry, (3) efforts to foster diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, and (4) an approach to addressing these challenges including his/her philosophy of administrative leadership. Applications should be submitted electronically at
Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin May 15, 2021 and will continue until a qualified candidate is identified.
Qualifications: Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in agronomy, crop science, crop physiology, environmental science, plant breeding, soil science, weed science or a closely related discipline and must have an outstanding record of professional accomplishments. The candidate's record must demonstrate the leadership skills or potential necessary to administer a program that includes resident instruction, research, extension, and service, and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with diverse clientele and stakeholders. Required experiences and attributes include: demonstrated effective and dynamic leadership, administrative capabilities, effective communication skills, ability to attract extramural funding, interest in providing multidisciplinary leadership and coordination of diverse research interests, interest in and ability to recruit undergraduate and graduate students, and a commitment to fostering research and academic excellence. Prior experience in the Land Grant University System is desirable, as is experience in a unit with multiple missions such as teaching, research and extension. Demonstrated experience developing exemplary scholarship that serves the Land-Grant mission is valued.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time twelve-month, tenured appointment.
Internal Number: R0002780
About Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas
The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences is one of nine academic departments in DBCAFLS and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, along with the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Resident Instruction is provided by 15 faculty members at the Fayetteville campus with approximately 140 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students. An additional 16 research and Extension faculty serve clientele at various Research and Extension Centers strategically located around the state. The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Crop Science and Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences along with Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
More information regarding the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, the University of Arkansas, and the surrounding community can be obtained by visiting the website: https://crop-soil-environmental-sciences.uark.edu/.