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Director of the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA

Type of position Tenure-track
Employer Virginia Tech
Description of Employer Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
Location Blacksburg, VA
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Closing date of competition September 15, 2017
Date position available Open until filled
Description of duties

Applications are invited for the position of Founding Director of the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. The new School will be a national and international leader for improving human well-being and quality of life through learning, discovery and engagement in plant and environmental sciences. The School’s faculty will integrate fundamental discovery as well as applied science to enhance plant and soil health, protect water resources and quality, improve food security, design intelligent human landscapes, and promote environmental stewardship. The School will integrate three outstanding departments that share certain mission elements: Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science. These units already share cross-cutting interdisciplinary research, and will be further connected through undergraduate curricula and linked graduate programs, as well as through statewide Research, Extension and Outreach activities. The School will initially consist of 86 affiliated faculty and postdocs, 64 staff, and over 100 graduate students, and will have over $8M in annual research expenditures. The School will provide an unparalleled opportunity for interdisciplinary research in the food, energy, water nexus as part of a new University focus on Global Systems Science.

The director will provide leadership for the design and implementation of the curricula, infrastructure, and new hires for the School. The responsibilities of the Director will be to provide strategic leadership and vision for the School, effectively oversee administrative, fiscal and human resource matters, advocate with external stakeholders, and pursue development opportunities. In addition to those core responsibilities, the Director will actively conduct impactful scholarship within the School’s mission. The individual will be hired at full Professor rank, with the expectation of tenure.

Qualifications sought

Earned Doctorate in Plant, Soil or Environmental Sciences or related field, with an outstanding record of scholarship in research, teaching and/or Extension, and qualified for tenure at the rank of full Professor; Demonstrated ability for leadership, strategic planning in a multidisciplinary environment, and management of people and resources at a departmental or higher level; Effectiveness in personnel management, interpersonal and stakeholder communication, and consensus building; Understanding of and commitment to the three missions of a land grant university; A commitment to Virginia Tech’s principles of Diversity and Inclusion.

Contact for additional information Dr. Glenda Gillaspy (gillaspy@vt.edu)
Application procedure  
Submit what Curriculum vitae, a cover letter summarizing leadership philosophy and vision for the position, along with the names of three references who may be contacted.
Submit to Applicants must apply online (https://listings.jobs.vt.edu, use posting # TR0170078, formerly posting # TR0170012. Inquiries concerning the position or application process should be directed to Dr. Glenda Gillaspy (gillaspy@vt.edu). Applications received by September 15, 2017, will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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