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Professor and Department Chair with University of Maryland-College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in College Park, MD

Type of position The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park invites applications and nominations for a Tenured-Track position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA).
Employer University of Maryland-College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Description of Employer The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) is a member of the American Association of Universities and is one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities with a world-class reputation for academics, research, and community involvement. UMD is the 1862 land-grant flagship university within the University System of Maryland, with over 2,500 faculty members, 27,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students. Agriculture is the largest commercial sector in Maryland, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed is a globally recognized model of stewardship of urban and agricultural ecosystems. The 1,300-acre campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor and students and faculty have ready access to the excellent research libraries, national and international research institutions, archives, non-profit agencies, and significant cultural landmarks of the Washington, D.C. area.
Location College Park, MD
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Closing date of competition Best consideration date: April 1, 2019
Date position available July 1, 2019
Description of duties

Ensures effective representation and communication between the department faculty, staff, students, dean and other administrative officers of the University: Administers state, national, and international programs of the department, directs human, physcial, and financial resources, assigns responsibilities to faculty and staff, and encourages the proactive development of strategic programs. Helps establish and implement a shared vision within the departmental community and furthers the efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion within the department and through access to departmental programs. The chair collaborates with senior university administrators, deans, associate and assistant deans, other UMD chairs, and Research and Education Center directors, as well as administrators of state and federal agencies in providing leadership for delivering integrated programs to meet the needs of students, extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders. The chair works with University of Maryland Extension (UME) to deliver educational programs througout the State of Maryland.

Qualifications sought


The successful candidate must have a PhD in plant science, horticulture, agronomy, landscape architecture or a closely related discipline, be internationally recognized for accomplishments in research, instruction, and/or Extension, and be qualified to be tenured at the rank of professor at UMD. Additionally, the candidate must have significant administrative/managerial experience, possess outstanding communication skills, have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, administration, industry, and other clientele, demonstrated ability in attracting extramural funding, a deep understanding of the fields of plant science, agronomy, horticulture, and landscape architecture, and a strong desire to contribute to the land-grant mission.



  • Demonstrated ability to foster strong collaborations among internal and external research and academic partners in support of the department’s mission as a land-grant institution.
  • Leadership style that seeks consensus and inclusion in support of the shared governance model as outlined by the department, college and university.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a large, multi-faceted department or organization house at several locations.
  • Experience in promoting and marketing teaching, research, and/or Extension to diverse national and international communities.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining external funding opportunities in support of research, teaching and/or Extension activities.
Contact for additional information Dr. Leslie Pick, Chair of Search Committee
Application procedure  
Submit what CV, the names of five professional references, and a letter describing the role of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture in today’s society as well as the applicant’s abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the position.
Submit to https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/67428
Additional Information The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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