Chairperson for the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Chairperson for the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology (as co-administered departments, moving towards merger).
This position may be hired as full-time 9 or 12-month appointment.
Anticipated start date in summer 2020.
The initial appointment as chairperson will be for 5 years with an opportunity for renewal. A formal review is conducted in year four.
This position serves at the pleasure of the dean of CALS.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa invite applicants for the position of Chairperson for the Departments of Plant Pathology and Microbiology (PLPM) and Entomology (ENT). The successful candidate will meet the Iowa State standard for a tenured professor. Further, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a commitment to continued excellence in discipline-leading education of undergraduate microbiology students, and graduate students including those in inter-departmental graduate programs. Additionally, the Chairperson will oversee cutting edge research programs and relevant extension and outreach programs, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching research, and extension/outreach. Finally, the chairperson is responsible for management of all department employees, as well as management of all fiscal/budgetary operations of the departments.
While currently separate, the vision and plan is for the Departments of ENT and PLPM to fully merge into one cohesive, high functioning department.
Successful candidates will exhibit excellent communication skills, and share in our commitment to achieving excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Specific expectations of the chairperson are:
provide visionary leadership for the PLPM/ENT unit;
serve in a leadership role in the co-administration of the Microbiology undergraduate major;
explore other undergraduate and graduate curricular opportunities;
integrate strengths and resources of the departments to serve the needs of students and stakeholders and to fulfill the land-grant mission;
communicate the mission, vision and strengths of the departments within Iowa State University and to national and international forums;
encourage and foster interdisciplinary collaboration;
stimulate and facilitate excellence in all aspects of teaching, research, extension programs and outreach and service;
serve on the CALS deanâs leadership team internally to the university and college, and fulfill representational duties with external stakeholders;
enable faculty and staff to obtain resources through extramural funding;
maintain good alumni relations and build alumni support through the ISU Alumni Association and the ISU Foundation, and with development and communications offices in the college;
serve as the leading advocate for the unit in its administrative dealings with other organizational units within the University;
encourage excellence among members of the unit in performance of their duties, and keep members informed about policies and expectations of other administrative units that may affect them;
ensure that actions of the unit and its members are consistent with Department, College, and University mission statements, strategic plans, and with standards of professional practice in the discipline;
manage departmental resources, staff, finances, buildings, etc.
The new chairperson will have the opportunity to maintain her/his own program of research, teaching, and/or extension/outreach in a manner that is consistent with holding a primary administrative appointment, approximately 75-80% administration and 20-25% teaching and/or research.
ENT and PLPM departments have a combined 27 tenure-eligible or tenured faculty, and other professionals in the teaching, research, extension, technical and administrative roles. The two departments host a combined seven USDA-ARS adjunct professors. Â Both departments receive funding from the Agricultural Experiment Station and ISU Extension. Â The two Departments offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology or Entomology.Â In addition, both departments participate actively in interdepartmental graduate programs.Â Furthermore, PLPM co-administers the Microbiology undergraduate major (approximately 130 students) in collaboration with the Department of Animal Science.Â Descriptions of each departmentâs mission, programs, faculty and facilities are available at https://www.plantpath.iastate.edu/ and http://www.ent.iastate.edu/about.
PLPM and ENT are at a strategic crossroads as their faculty recently voted to embark on a new model of co-administration with a single chairperson.Â The two departments, furthermore, have committed to merge fully into one joint department within one year after appointment of the new chairperson, with a single governance document.Â The newly appointed chairpersonâs critical role, in addition to the usual leadership roles of a chairperson, will be to guide the two departments towards a successful merger within the first year of appointment.Â The ENT and PLPM faculty have recognized significant synergies and opportunities for a merged department, and the new chairperson is expected to enable and channel this creative energy to oversee the formation of a relevant and successful new departmental unit on the Iowa State University Campus.Â This is an exciting opportunity for strategic leadership.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Must meet the standards for a tenured professor in the departments of Entomology and/or Plant Pathology & Microbiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.Â
Evidence of strong organizational and leadership skills.
Demonstrated experience and accomplishments in areas of leadership, team-building, global outlook, and personnel management.
Evidence of excellence in graduate and/or undergraduate teaching.
Evidence of excellence in research linked to their discipline.
Evidence of understanding of extension/outreach and its integration into academic research and teaching.
Evidence of fiscal, budget, and administration experience.
Evidence of understanding of the Land Grant mission, including the value of engaging stakeholders, locally to globally.
Evidence of commitment to recruiting and retaining an inclusive and diverse group of faculty, staff, and students and enabling success and advancement for all.
Department/Program & College Description:
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the world's leading institutions of agriculture. Building on 160 years of excellence, the college provides leadership in science, education and research, areas vital to the future of Iowa, the nation and the world.
Plant pathology is an exciting field that combines knowledge from a variety of scientific disciplinesÂ to keep our plants healthy and productive. Visit the American Phytopathological Society to learn more about our field and its opportunities.Â The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University has a simple mission: We benefit society by protecting and enhancing plant health. Please visit our About page to learn more about our department and Iowa State University.
The ISU Entomology Department has a long history of responsiveness, excellence, training students for leadership roles and developing innovative and practical solutions to insect-based challenges in public health and agriculture.
Entomologists at Iowa State University have engaged in teaching, research, and extension for more than a century. Professor Herbert Osborn taught the nation's first entomology course in 1880, beginning a tradition of excellence in basic and applied entomology. The Department of Entomology facultyÂ work to provide an excellent education, develop innovative research programs and supply a creative, highly visible problem-solving extension program. The department is part of theÂ College of Agriculture and Life SciencesÂ atÂ Iowa State, which is Iowa's land-grant university.
Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:
Letter describing motivations to secure this position, academic and administrative philosophy, and outlook on how to advance the positive potential of these co-administered and then merged departments (limit 3-4 pages).
Full academic C.V.
Complete contact information for at least five references (will not be contacted without prior notification of the applicant), including at least 1 external to ISU.
Statement of any special considerations affecting interest or willingness to take on this position.
Application materials must be submitted BEFORE 11:59 PM, CST on January 6, 2020Â for guaranteed consideration.
Review of applicants will begin on January 7, 2020, however position will remain open until filled.
Please direct questions to Dr. Jeffery Iles, Chair, PLPM/ENT Chair Search Committee at (515) 294-3718 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.