Department Chair - Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University in Shreveport invites applications for the position of Department Chair to begin in August of 2021. This is a 9 month tenure-track position.

The Chair will teach two classes per semester (6 credit hours) and oversee Departmental operations, personnel, and resources within both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The Chair will advance the Departmental vision of academic leadership and excellence and will represent the Department to academia, industry, and government to ensure its continued vitality. This will involve actively working with faculty in the Department and across campus, including the Red River Watershed Management Institute, to identify and pursue innovations in research, education, and service, and participating in strategic planning to expand the influence of the Department in the broader academic community, both within and outside the university. Moreover, the Chair will assume a leadership role in assisting, advising, and mentoring junior faculty, especially with respect to the tenure and promotion process, and will promote diversity within the Department and the institution.

The successful candidate must have earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or a closely related field and have sufficient qualifications for the rank of Associate/Full Professor.  The candidate should have a track record of research, classroom teaching, student mentorship, and funding from diverse sources. The candidate must provide evidence of scientific and organizational leadership and educational innovation and have outstanding communication, interpersonal, and administrative skills.

Interested individuals should submit an application, including a cover letter summarizing qualifications and leadership approach, a vision statement for the Department, a research and student mentoring statement, a teaching statement, a detailed curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. Please send electronic copies of these documents to Dr. Dennis Wissing at Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled and the posting removed from the LSUS HR Web site.  We welcome questions related to this posting.

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