Professor & Head, Dept of Plant Sciences, The Univ of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee Extension
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Area of Focus:
Applied Plant Biology
Education and Outreach
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – PROFESSOR AND HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCES Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Professor and Head, Department of Plant Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This position is 12-month and tenured with a 100% administrative appointment. DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCES The Department currently employs 30 faculty members and 61 professionals and support staff to conduct its teaching, research, Extension/outreach, and service programs. These employees are located on the Knoxville campus and throughout Tennessee at Research and Education Centers and the State Botanical Gardens of Tennessee. Approximately 130 students are enrolled in the Department's bachelor’s program in the Herbert College of Agriculture. The Department offers concentrations in Horticultural Science and Production, Organic Production, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, Public Horticulture, Sustainable Landscape Design, and Turfgrass Science and Management. The Department’s masters and doctoral programs, including the intercollegiate Master of Landscape Architecture, offered in partnership with the College of Architecture and Design, currently enroll about 86 students. Participation in research, creative achievement, and experiential learning are fundamental to the Department’s undergraduate and graduate education programs. Research and Extension efforts focus on agronomy and field crops, fruit and vegetable production, landscape design, molecular biology and genomics, nursery production, organic and sustainable production, plant breeding, public horticulture, turfgrass and management, controlled environment agriculture, and weed science. The Department's mission, vision, and core values are available at https://ag.tennessee.edu/plantsciences/Pages/mission.aspx. Additional information on the Department is available at https://plantsciences.tennessee.edu/. Information on Knoxville can be found at http://taes.utk.edu/upload/AgRsch/Knoxvilleinfo.pdf.
JOB DESCRIPTION The Department Head’s responsibilities include leadership of all departmental programs and administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resources, and facilities. The Head reports to the Deans of UT Extension, AgResearch, and the Herbert College of Agriculture and works with each of the three Dean’s offices to accomplish departmental goals and objectives. The Head guides the Department’s efforts to deliver nationally and internationally recognized teaching, research, and Extension/outreach programs. The Head helps develop, articulate, and promote the Department's vision of being an innovative and leading source for information and technologies in agronomy, horticulture, plant biology, and landscape design. The successful candidate is expected to: • Lead education, research, Extension/outreach, and service activities in the Department with fairness and integrity;
Advocate effectively for the Department with University administration and external constituencies (including professional organizations, alumni, industry, and state and federal agencies); • Promote a workplace environment that values diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect for multicultural and multidisciplinary settings, and is based on collegiality, teamwork, inclusive decision making, and a sense of shared community across the University; • Recruit, motivate, strengthen, and retain faculty and staff through active engagement, mentoring, and professional development programs; • Increase recruitment and participation of underrepresented students and faculty within the department; • Interact with faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders to determine and support direction and priorities; • Enhance cooperation and collaboration with other departments, colleges, and universities; • Cultivate externally sponsored opportunities to support departmental programs; and • Increase national and international recognition of the Department’s faculty, staff, students, and programs. The University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University and College.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS The successful candidate must qualify for the rank of Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences with an earned doctorate in plant sciences or a related field. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following: • Excellence in at least two of the following: (1) Research or scholarly activity; (2) Teaching, instruction; (3) Extension/outreach or service; or (4) Academic or administrative leadership; • Record of outstanding professional accomplishments, including team-building skills; • Understanding of and commitment to excellence in the three missions (teaching, research, and Extension/outreach) of a land grant university; and • Knowledge of and commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS We seek a collegial leader with: • Effective communication, consensus building, interpersonal, and leadership skills; • Skills in effective management of personnel and a desire to encourage productive teamwork; and • Demonstrated fiscal and resource management skills;
Experience assessing priorities, developing and implementing a strategic plan, and adapting to change in a multidisciplinary environment; • Appreciation for the disciplinary breadth of the Department; and • Clear vision and strategy for the Department.
The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in scholarship, learning and service and aims to enrich and elevate society. Knoxville is situated in a valley between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cumberland Plateau, areas of great beauty and among the most bio-diverse in the USA. Knoxville is a city of 200,000 offering many amenities of urban life. Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named Knoxville a Top Ten Destination on the Rise. Knoxville is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, and Nashville. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.