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Professor and Department Head with Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Arkansas

Type of position This is a full-time twelve-month, tenured appointment.
Employer Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas.
Description of Employer The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science is one of nine academic units in Bumpers College. The department is comprised of 31 faculty members with varying appointments across the three Land-Grant missions. The Department offers an undergraduate major in Crop Science and in Environmental, Soil and Water Science with four accompanying minors. The department also offers a Master of Science degree in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences with concentrations in Crop Science, Soil Science, and Weed Science. Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences with specializations in Crop Physiology, Crop Production, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Biotechnology, Weed Science, Seed Technology, Soil Physics, Soil Chemistry, Soil Microbiology, Soil Fertility, Soil Classification, Pesticide Residues, and Environmental Science.
More information regarding the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, the University of Arkansas, and the surrounding community can be obtained by visiting the website:
Location Fayetteville, Arkansas
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date of competition June 1, 2021
Date position available Screening of applicants will begin May 15, 2021 and will continue until a qualified candidate is identified.
Description of duties Responsibilities: Provide exemplary leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing research, teaching, and extension programs. Duties also include: (1) administrative and fiscal leadership for departmental personnel, programs, and physical resources, (2) leadership in planning, faculty development, and pursuit of extramural funding, (3) coordination with other university programs, professional and governmental agencies, and industry groups, and (4) development of an understanding of agriculture in Arkansas and the evolving research priorities in departmental disciplines including, but not limited to crop science, soil science and environmental science. The Department Head provides administrative leadership to the teaching programs including instruction, student recruitment, retention, and liaison with students and alumni. The Department Head also serves as part of the broader administrative team of the Division of Agriculture and the Bumpers College.
Qualifications sought Qualifications: Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in agronomy, crop science, crop physiology, environmental science, plant breeding, soil science, weed science or a closely related discipline and must have an outstanding record of professional accomplishments. The candidate’s record must demonstrate the leadership skills or potential necessary to administer a program that includes resident instruction, research, extension, and service, and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with diverse clientele and stakeholders. Required experiences and attributes include: demonstrated effective and dynamic leadership, administrative capabilities, effective communication skills, ability to attract extramural funding, interest in providing multidisciplinary leadership and coordination of diverse research interests, interest in and ability to recruit undergraduate and graduate students, and a commitment to fostering research and academic excellence. Prior experience in the Land Grant University System is desirable, as is experience in a unit with multiple missions such as teaching, research and extension. Demonstrated experience developing exemplary scholarship that serves the Land-Grant mission is valued.
Contact for additional information Dr. David Caldwell
Email: caldweld@uark.edu
Office: 479-575-5397Daniela Kidd
Email: drkidd@uark.edu
Office: 479-575-2347
Application procedure  
Submit what Application: Applicants should send a letter stating their interest and qualifications and which includes their professional vitae and names of five individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. In addition, the applicant is asked to include no more than a two-page statement on: (1) his/her professional goals, (2) the challenges facing the discipline and industry, (3) efforts to foster diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, and (4) an approach to addressing these challenges including his/her philosophy of administrative leadership.
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Additional Information The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Research and Extension programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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