Professor and Head, Department of Entomology Texas A&M University

Applications are invited for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University.

The Professor and Head will serve as the chief administrative officer of the Department and as an advocate for Entomology and the allied disciplines that it represents. The Head reports to the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station. The position provides leadership and support for numerous faculty initiatives that include: enhancing and expanding undergraduate and graduate education, increasing contributions to knowledge and science through extramurally funded research, fostering collegiality and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, conducting extension and outreach programs, securing additional resources, strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholder groups, and promoting communication of science-based findings to inform public policy and private decision makers.

Candidates for the Professor and Department Head position must have an earned doctorate in Entomology or a closely related field, with a record of distinction in research, teaching and service that would qualify them for tenure. They are expected to continue a dynamic and productive, internationally-recognized research program and demonstrate experience in academic administration. Candidates are to provide evidence of visionary leadership, innovative thinking, commitment to student education, the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students, and represent them to University administrators, state and federal agencies, industry, stakeholders, and the general public. A commitment to promoting a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and diverse community of scholars and educators is essential. A record of success in the development of funding and program support is also highly desired.

The Department of Entomology (https://entomology.tamu.edu) is a nationally ranked program with an ambitious vision for its future. The department houses 25 on-campus faculty, including two endowed chairs as well as seven AgriLife Research faculty, eight AgriLife Extension faculty, five Extension Specialists, and twelve IPM agents all located at Research and Extension Centers across the state. The Department provides nationally recognized educational programs, offering undergraduate degrees in Entomology and Forensic & Investigative Sciences, and vigorous graduate training in Entomology with a current enrollment of 82 graduate students. The department is also home to the CDC Western Gulf Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases and an NSF Center for Forensic Science.

Texas A&M University is one of the largest universities in the country, with more than 65,000 students from all 50 states and 124 countries. It is supported by a multibillion-dollar endowment ranked 4th among public universities, and a top 20 research enterprise. The metropolitan area of College Station/Bryan has nearly 180,000 residents, and is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the country, with an affordable cost of living and easy access to major Texas cities.

Applicants should submit the following documents: 1) a cover letter; 2) a detailed curriculum vita; 3) a research statement; 4) a statement of administrative philosophy; 5) a statement of vision for the Department, specifically addressing undergraduate and graduate education, faculty mentoring, the fostering of academic research programs across multiple disciplines, extension outreach, the advancement of diversity, and a strategy for development (fundraising); and 6) contact information for five referees. Applications should be emailed to Advisory Search Committee Chair, Boon P. Chew at boon.chew@ag.tamu.edu. Review of the applicant pool will begin May 12th, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. Texas A&M University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and having policies that contribute to work-life balance. For more information, visit https://employees.tamu.edu/ocrm/eeo or http://dof.tamu.edu/Faculty-Resources/Faculty-WorkLife.

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