[ES_JOBS_NET] Chair of the Department of Biology at East Carolina University

Asch, Rebecca G ASCHR16 at ECU.EDU
Sat Aug 25 07:50:20 MDT 2018

Position: Chairperson of the Department of Biology at East Carolina

The Department of Biology (http://www.ecu.edu/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.

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.

Qualifications for the position include: (1) a Ph.D. in Biology, or a closely related discipline, such as Molecular Biology or Biochemistry; (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.

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 www.jobs.ecu.edu<http://www.jobs.ecu.edu>. 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 millerde at ecu.edu<mailto:millerde at ecu.edu>. 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 moreheada at ecu.edu<mailto:moreheada at ecu.edu> or 252-328-9702.


Dr. Rebecca G. Asch
Assistant Professor of Fisheries Biology
Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences

East Carolina University
Department of Biology, Mail Stop 551
Howell Science Complex, Office S408
1000 East 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Office phone: +1 252 328-6307
Email: aschr16 at ecu.edu<mailto:aschr16 at ecu.edu>
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