Department Head - Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
The Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences at Auburn University is seeking candidates and nominations for the position of Department Head. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.
Responsibilities: The Department Head provides visionary leadership and overall management of the department. In addition, the Head is the senior faculty administrator and promotes excellence in teaching, research and extension/outreach programs. The position demands strong leadership, vision, strategic planning, and decision-making skills, and demonstrated ability to manage departmental programs and personnel. The Head is responsible for recruitment, supervision and evaluation of personnel, development and management of department budgets, extramural funding, and professional development of faculty and staff, and oversight of the departmental facilities. The Head is also an advocate and a representative of the department/college interests, needs and programs to stakeholders and the general public. In addition, the Head will lead/develop initiatives that grow the department’s programs. The Head establishes and maintains working relationships with other departments within the university, commodity groups, governmental and private agencies in addition to students and alumni. The Head will be committed to fostering interdisciplinary programs and inclusive environment in the department. Effective communication skills are essential in the position. The successful candidate will report to the Dean, College of Agriculture (http://www.ag.auburn.edu) and maintain a close collaborative working relationship with administrators and staff in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (http://www.aaes.auburn.edu/) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (http://www.aces.edu/main/).
Qualifications: The candidate must have an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, Environmental Science, or related field. The selected candidate must qualify for the rank of Professor with tenure upon hire at Auburn University. The successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal, communication, organization, and demonstrated leadership skills. In addition, the successful candidate must have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and/or extension/outreach activities, and the ability to secure and sustain extramural funding. Leadership/service activities in professional societies are required. Knowledge of and commitment to the unique mission of the land-grant university are also required. The successful candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.
Application Procedures: The search may continue until the position is filled, but to ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by January 6, 2023. Nominations are strongly encouraged. Applicants must submit the following: 1) a letter of interest stating professional goals and philosophy of leadership, 2) a statement on commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, 3) a complete curriculum vita, and 4) names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of five professional references. Applications should be submitted via this link: https://www.auemployment.com/postings/32516 . Only complete application material will be considered. Please direct questions on the position to Dr. Oladiran Fasina, Department Head, Biosystems Engineering, and search committee chair - Telephone: 334.844.3574, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences (http://www.ag.auburn.edu/agrn/) consists of 29 faculty, 24 administrative professionals and support staff, 96 graduate students, and 98 undergraduate students. The Department offers two undergraduate majors (Crop and Soil Science, and Environmental Science), and graduate degree programs (including online Masters program). The faculty conducts comprehensive research and extension/outreach programs in areas such as crop production and management, nutrient management, plant breeding and genetics, crop physiology, turfgrass management, soil science, water resources, environmental science, weed science, and precision agriculture.
Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama, approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA, and southeast of Birmingham, AL, and is about 60 miles from the state capitol (Montgomery). Visit www.auburn.edu for more information.
Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer