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Department Chairperson - Department of Horticulture

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

People & HR
Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2023

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Type of Position:

Chair


Workstudy Position:

No


Job Type:

Regular


Work Shift:


Sponsorship Available:

Yes


Institution Name:

Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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Department:

Admin


Department's Website:

http://horticulture.uark.edu/


Summary of Job Duties:

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville seek an energetic individual to provide creative and exemplary leadership for the research, teaching and extension programs in the Department of Horticulture. The successful candidate will proactively lead continuing efforts to maintain and build strong, multidisciplinary research and extension programs in applied and basic research in horticulture and related disciplines and provide leadership in teaching programs. More information regarding the Department of Horticulture, the University of Arkansas, and the surrounding community is available at the departmental website: http://horticulture.uark.edu/. This is a full-time twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.

Responsibilities: Provide exemplary leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing research, extension, and teaching programs. Duties will also include administrative and fiscal leadership for the Department personnel, programs, and physical resources; program planning, faculty development, and pursuit of extramural funding; coordination with other university programs, professional and governmental agencies, and industry groups; and maintenance of an awareness of agriculture in Arkansas and the evolving research priorities in Horticulture. The Department Head oversees facilities and programs at the Fruit Research Station, the Vegetable Research Station, and the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research & Extension Center. Faculty and staff are located at Fayetteville, Clarksville, and Little Rock. As Head of the Department, the incumbent will provide administrative leadership for the teaching programs including student recruitment, instruction, retention and liaison with students present and past (alumni). The Department Head will also serve as part of the broader administrative team of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.


Qualifications:

Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or equivalent in Horticulture or a closely related discipline, and an outstanding record of professional accomplishments. The candidate’s record must demonstrate the leadership skills or potential necessary to administer a program including 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 (fiscal and personnel management), effective communication skills, ability to attract extramural funding, interest in providing multi-disciplinary 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.


Additional Information:

Applicants should submit a letter stating their interest in this position, and their qualifications including professional vitae and names of five individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. In addition, the applicant is asked to provide a one-page statement on: (1) his/her professional goals, (2) the challenges facing the discipline and industry and (3) an approach to addressing these challenges including his/her philosophy of administrative leadership.


Salary Information:

commensurate with education and experience


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of five Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details)


Optional Documents:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a letter stating their interest in this position, and their qualifications including professional vitae and names of five individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. In addition, the applicant is asked to provide a one-page statement on: (1) his/her professional goals, (2) the challenges facing the discipline and industry and (3) an approach to addressing these challenges including his/her philosophy of administrative leadership.


Recruitment Contact Information:

Address inquiries to the search committee chair, Wayne Mackay; mackay@uark.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:

Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation. The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity. As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply 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. Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.


Constant Physical Activity:

Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Talking


Frequent Physical Activity:

Repetitive Motion


Occasional Physical Activity:

N/A


Benefits Eligible:

Yes