• Biology Department Chairperson

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Institution Name:

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan research university that provides an accessible, quality education through flexible learning and unparalleled internship opportunities. At UA Little Rock, we prepare our more than 11,000 students to be innovators and responsible leaders in their fields. Committed to its metropolitan research university mission, UA Little Rock is a driving force in Little Rock's thriving cultural community and a major component of the city and state's growing profile as a regional leader in research, technology transfer, economic development, and job creation.


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Department:

Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Department's Website:

https://ualr.edu/biology/

Summary of Job Duties:

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock invites applications for the position of Biology Department Chairperson at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin August 2021. We seek a candidate who will lead one of the largest Departments in the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and understand the complexities of a modern metropolitan university. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

Qualifications:

Required Education and/or Experience:

  • Ph.D. in one of the disciplinary fields of biology;

  • A tenured full professor or associate professor with at least three (3) years in rank;

  • Previous administrative experience in higher education.


Preferred Education and/or Experience:

  • Previous leadership experience in higher education;

  • Experience developing strategies for faculty mentoring and support;

  • Record of excellence and innovation in teaching, and experience with curriculum and program development;

  • Management of budgets and research grants, and knowledge of various funding opportunities;

  • Experience in promoting diversity and inclusion by recruiting, retaining, and graduating underrepresented students;

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and balance the needs of distinct programs within a multidisciplinary department;

  • Demonstrated ability to implement and oversee an effective departmental governance structure.


Job Duties

  • Develop future plans for the department in consultation with departmental faculty;

  • Ensure the department provides high-quality education. This will include fostering cooperation among faculty, encouraging faculty toward excellence in teaching, building research programs, campus and community engagement, and being responsive to the needs of the department;

  • Evaluate faculty annually, with input from the peer review boards and administer faculty tenure, promotion, sabbaticals, etc.;

  • Lead the faculty in shaping, improving, and developing the department's initiatives in both traditional and online teaching, grant-funded research, interdisciplinary research, and service;

  • Prepare class schedules, degree evaluations, and graduation checkouts;

  • Preside over department meetings, appoint committees, and act as a liaison between the department and higher administration;

  • Provide leadership in student recruitment, retention, and success;

  • Prudently manage the budget and financial affairs of the department;

  • Support university initiatives in student and faculty diversity;

  • Teach in each of the fall and spring semesters and perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The candidate will have a demonstrated history of leadership and/or administrative experience in higher education.

  • Ability to communicate effectively

  • Experience in curriculum and program development

  • A record of excellence in teaching, scholarship/research, and service activities

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Additional Information:

Special Instructions to Applicants:The Cover Letter should address the required and preferred qualifications. Statement of Leadership Philosophy should address candidate's vision for the department, particularly in the areas of research, teaching, and diversity.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Tansel Karabacak , Chair Physics and Astronomy txkarabacak@ualr.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.


Type of Position:

Chair

Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)


Constant Physical Activity:

Hearing, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting, Talking, Walking

Frequent Physical Activity:

Standing

Occasional Physical Activity:

Driving, Kneeling, Reaching, Stooping

Benefits Eligible:

Yes


Workstudy Position:

No


Sponsorship Available:

Yes

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