The chair of the department provides: (1) vision, support and coordination in planning, developing and implementing departmental 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) facilitation of external funding opportunities. The chair administers state, national, and international programs of the department. The chair fosters shared governance, as outlined in the department by laws, evaluates faculty and staff performance, and encourages the proactive development of strategic programs. The chair represents departmental and faculty interests with administrators, other departments, and units, and outside agencies, individuals and groups in natural resources, industry, and communities. The chair collaborates with the Senior Vice President, Deans, Associate and Assistant Deans, 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, Florida Agriculture, Citizens of the state of Florida, extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders worldwide.
The mission of the Soil and Water Sciences Department is to provide scientific leadership in research, graduate and undergraduate education, and extension/outreach for soil, water, and environmental sciences. By discovering new scientific knowledge and imparting that knowledge to fellow scientists, students, and citizens, the Department shall assist in the resolution of land and water resource issues related to agriculture and natural resources and environment in Florida, the nation, and the world. The SWSD has established itself as a leader in teaching, research, and extension/outreach programs in management and restoration of these resources. The SWSD faculty are located both in Gainesville and at 10 IFAS Research and Education Centers (REC) located throughout Florida. Currently, the SWSD has 33 tenured/tenure-track faculty positions (16 at RECs and 17 in Gainesville) and 9 non-tenure track faculty in Gainesville. In addition 2 tenure-track faculty positions are currently advertised. Details about the SWSD teaching, research, and extension programs can be found at: http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu.
- The Chair must have an earned Doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Soil and Water Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, or a related discipline.
- A record of outstanding scholarly achievement and professional activities related to teaching, research, extension, and/or industry that will qualify the individual to be a tenured full professor in the Department
- Evidence of ability to direct an academic department engaged in teaching, research, and extension activities at a major Land-grant university with faculty located throughout the state
- Demonstrated ability to direct interdisciplinary, grant funded fundamental science and applied research
- Ability to lead and manage multidisciplinary programs
- Effective administrative leadership and managerial skills in: defining organizational objectives; developing strategic approaches to planning; managing human, fiscal, and physical resources; motivating people and developing effective teams; pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities; generating and managing grant funds in support of teaching, research, and extension; facilitating mentoring and retention of new faculty; securing private funds; and attending to details.
- Strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate student recruitment and retention for all academic programs in Soil and Water Sciences
- Demonstrated ability to interact well with students, faculty, staff, administrators within the university, and external stakeholders at the state, federal, and international levels
- Effective leadership in outreach to industry and engagement with diverse clientele groups
- Commitment to shared governance and fostering strong collaborations among state faculty located on the main campus and at the IFAS Research and Education Centers
- Commitment to continued professional development for self, and faculty and staff
- Commitment to international programs
- Strong support and understanding of the mission of a Land Grant university
To apply please visit http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/506504 ( Requisition # 506504)
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.