Director, Department of Biology, post at the University of Mississippi


The University of Mississippi invites applications for the 12-month full-time administrative professor position as chair of the Department of Biology at the College of the Liberal Arts. The University of Mississippi is an R1 institution in an exciting phase of institutional growth and is located in the city of Oxford, a vibrant community known for its small town charm and exceptional educational and cultural opportunities. The biology department has both full / full professors and lecturers, research associates, masters and doctorates. students, and one of the largest cohorts of undergraduate majors and strongest course enrollments at the university. It is home to a community with broad research interests and expertise that spans the hierarchy of biological organization from genes to ecosystems (for more information visit

Candidates for the post of president must have a doctorate. degree or equivalent in any field of biological sciences and professional achievement commensurate with tenure as a professor, including a history of productive scholarships supported by extramural funding and solid graduate teaching experience higher and undergraduate. We are seeking a chair that will provide innovative and collaborative leadership to help faculty shape a common vision for the future of the department and cultivate exemplary research and teaching. Desired qualifications include experience in managing people and finances, strong interpersonal communication skills, a commitment to shared governance, a collaborative administrative approach that builds consensus across biological disciplines, the ability to create and manage interdisciplinary partnerships and dedication to the career development of graduate students. Applicants with demonstrable commitment and experience in promoting diverse, equitable and inclusive communities for research, teaching and learning are of particular interest.

To apply, visit Applications should include: a letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, a statement of administrative philosophy, a statement addressing the experience and approaches to diversity, equity and inclusion, a brief statement of the research and teaching philosophy and a list of at least five references. Consideration of applications will begin on January 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is July 2022, but is flexible. Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Chair of the Research Committee, Dr Molly Pasco-Pranger ([email protected], 662-915-7097).

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity to all qualified individuals. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or candidate for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, nationality origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.


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