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University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
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Posted: 02/14/2018
Professor and Chair - Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department Chair provides: (1) Support and coordination of faculty and staff visioning, planning, developing and implementing Department’s programs in teaching, research, and extension in accord with the Land-Grant mission. (2) Leadership in recruiting and fostering academic growth and professional development of faculty, staff, and students. (3) Administration of the Department’s human and financial resources; and (4) Promotion of external funding opportunities. (5) Leadership and administration of teaching, research and extension programs in the ABE Department as well as coordination of ABE programs at the UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers throughout the state. (6) Responsible for the administration and development of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering academic program through the College of Engineering and the Agricultural Operations Management program through the College of Agriculture.

The Chair administers state, national, and international programs of the Department. The Chair fosters the Department’s strong culture of shared governance and collegiality as outlined in the ABE Shared Governance Principles document, evaluates faculty and staff performance, and encourages the proactive development of strategic programs. The Chair represents the Department and faculty interests with administrators, other departments and units, and outside agencies, individuals and groups in agriculture, natural resources, industry, and communities. The Chair works closely with the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Deans, Associate and Assistant Deans, and collaborates with other IFAS Chairs and Research and Education Center Directors, and other administrators in providing leadership for delivering integrated programs to meet the needs of students, citizens of the state of Florida, Extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders. The Chair coordinates and consults with Advisory Board of stakeholders to guide the development of the Department’s research, teaching and extension programs.

Background Information

ABE is one of the top ranking department in the nation (ranked 6th in undergraduate and 4th in graduate agricultural and biological engineering programs by US News & World Report in 2017). The Department has 37 faculty positions, 34 at the University location in Gainesville and 3 at Agricultural Research and Education Centers around the state. The annual operating budget of the Department is between $5.5 and $6.0 million. The Department offers the degrees of Bachelor in Biological Engineering (ABET accredited), Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Operations Management (ASABE approved), Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in both Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Operations Management. Undergraduate enrollment (primarily upper division) includes approximately 120 in Biological Engineering, and 80 Agricultural Operations Management. The graduate program includes an additional 70-80 students.  The Department has strong research and extension programs that are well recognized at state, national and international levels.


The Chair must have:

•           An earned Doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agricultural and Biological Engineering or related engineering discipline;

•           A record of outstanding scholarly achievement and professional activities in teaching, research, extension, and/or private or public organizations that will qualify the individual to be a tenured full professor in ABE;

•           Ability to direct a diverse academic unit engaged in teaching, research, and extension activities at a major Land-Grant university with faculty located throughout the state;

•           Ability to direct interdisciplinary, grant-funded programs;

•           Effective administrative and managerial skills;

•           Ability to secure private funds through developmental activities;

•           Demonstrated ability to interact collegially and effectively with students, faculty, staff, university administrators, and external stakeholders at the state, federal, and international levels;

•           Commitment to shared governance, collegiality, and continual professional development for self, faculty, and staff;

•           Commitment to international programs;

•           Commitment to fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student body;

•           Strong support for and understanding of the mission of a Land-Grant university


Apply at Careers at UF: For full consideration, candidates should submit all application materials by April 15, 2018.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Contact Information and Nomination Submission

Please refer to Position # 0001-2941 and forward all nominations to:


Dr. K Ramesh Reddy

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

Soil and Water Sciences Department

2181 McCarty Hall, PO Box 110290

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

Telephone: 352-294-3154; Facsimile: 352-392-3399


The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.