**Internal Only** (50%) Chairperson & (50%) Full or Assoc Professor

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Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Position Overview

The Chairperson provides leadership and oversight for all teaching, research, service, administrative, and outreach activities within the department. In addition, the chairperson maintains their own teaching/research/service responsibilities as a faculty member.

This position is open to faculty members in the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences only.

This position reports to, and serves at the pleasure of, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Job Description

Chairperson Responsibilities (50%):

1. Provides oversight and leadership for all department activities.

2. Initiates and maintains regular and effective communication with and among members of the department (e.g., faculty, support staff, administrative personnel, graduate students) regarding the continued development and implementation of our shared vision for research, teaching, and governance, as well as issues of concern to a particular individual, group, or the department as a whole.

3. Reviews, modifies, and helps implement, in consultation with the department, the long-range planning for the unit as it concerns the curriculum, faculty recruitment and support, research support, outreach, and fund raising.

4. Oversees all internal budgetary, administrative, and personnel matters, and reports to appropriate faculty committees and administrative units.

5. Seeks enhancement of all unit resources by actively pursuing external funding.

6. Administers the undergraduate and graduate academic programs of the unit, including appropriate faculty teaching assignments in consultation with the faculty.

7. Advocates for and facilitates faculty research programs; this includes, but is not limited to, facilitating and undertaking efforts to improve infrastructure and personnel support, including GTA lines, that maximize research productivity.

8. Advocates for faculty recognition in research, teaching, and service by crafting and/or facilitating nomination packages to the College, University, and external awarding agencies.

9. Advocates for and facilitates recruitment and retention of faculty talent; this includes advocating for faculty lines, as well as the resources required for successful recruitment and retention.

10. Supervises and reviews departmental faculty and professional, academic, and University support staff.

11. Develops and enhances research and educational relationships between the department and other units within the University (including the Kansas Biological Survey and the Biodiversity Institute), as well as with agencies outside the University (governmental, public, or private).

12. Executes University policy in the unit effectively.

13. Represents the department to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and other University entities, as well as departmental alumni and the greater scientific community.

Faculty Responsibilities (50%):
20% Teaching

1. Teach one course per academic year in field of specialty.

2. Mentor graduate and/or undergraduate students in research.

3. Supervise graduate teaching assistants, as assigned.

4. Serve on graduate student committees that supervise and evaluate progress towards degree completion.

20% Research

1. Engage in scholarly research, including publishing appropriate peer-reviewed works, and presenting research at professional conferences on a regular basis.

10% Service

1. Provide general service to the department, the College, the University, the state, and to the academic profession.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application and (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in c.v.:

1. Tenured appointment with the rank of Full or Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
2. Ability and desire to serve as leader of an academic unit, developing and enhancing research, educational, and service relationships among faculty, and between the unit and its affiliated units and alumni.
3. Teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and commitment to teaching excellence.
4. Strong record of research achievement with clear evidence of continuing research activity.
5. Experience in research mentoring and classroom teaching, and a record of commitment to departmental excellence in mentoring and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
6. Leadership experience in research, teaching, and/or service.
7. Integrity, good judgment, and the ability to work effectively with colleagues in the department, the College, and across campus.
8. Superior skills in oral and written communication.
9. Commitment to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Rank of Full Professor.
2. National and international reputation for excellence in research.
3. Record of excellence in departmental leadership and vision for the department.
4. Experience managing and completing multiple projects or initiatives in parallel.
5. Experience with strategic planning and implementation.
6. Experience mediating conflicts among faculty members, students, and/or institutional units.
7. Experience with KU and KUCR administrative procedures.

Additional Candidate Instruction

Online application materials should include:
1. A cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position;
2. A Leadership and Vision Statement (see details below);
3. A curriculum vitae containing information on accomplishments in research, teaching, service, and administration.

Leadership and Vision Statement:

Please provide a statement (up to 3 pages) that:

1. describes your success in past leadership role(s) and your plan for leadership strategy as chairperson;

2. outlines your plan for enhancing research success within the department, working collaboratively with the Kansas Biological Survey and the Biodiversity Institute;

3. outlines your plan for improving undergraduate and graduate education and mentoring;

4. outlines your plan for enhancing the diversity of students, faculty, and staff within the department.

We encourage applicants to articulate their vision for transparency in governance; enhancing and facilitating research activities; enhancing research and teaching infrastructure; fund-raising and securing external funds for fundamental departmental function; increasing the stature of the department in the College, the University, the state, nationally and internationally; strengthening graduate education; structuring and developing learning goals for undergraduate education; and broadening participation in the disciplines encompassed by the department. Where relevant, we encourage applicants to place their vision in the context of their own experiences and efforts, including their experiences working effectively and collaboratively with colleagues in the department, the College, the University, and the broader scientific community, mediating conflict among faculty members, students, and/or institutional entities, managing multiple projects, and implementing strategic plans.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin on 6/24/2021 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

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Conditions of Employment

Limited Term, Serve at the Pleasure

Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Advertised Salary Range

Chairperson compensation consists of an administrative supplement added to the academic-year (9-month) salary and additional summer salary compensation; the supplement is removed when the chairperson steps down from this administrative role.


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