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The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage individuals in historically underrepresented groups to apply.
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Duties and Responsibilities:
The Chair of the Department provides vision and coordination in planning, developing, and implementing departmental programs in teaching, research, and extension; leadership in recruiting and fostering academic growth, and supporting professional development of faculty, staff, and students; administration of the department’s human and financial resources; and promotion of external funding opportunities and enhancement of national and international recognition. Although the position is housed in Gainesville, these duties encompass faculty and staff on main campus and several Research and Extension Centers throughout the state.
The Chair administers state, national, and international programs of the Department, assigns responsibilities to faculty and staff, and evaluates their performance. The Chair represents departmental and faculty interests with administrators; other departments, units and outside agencies; and individuals and groups in natural resources, industry, and communities.
The Chair articulates and executes a compelling and shared vision for leading and developing the Department, while promoting a broadly shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect, equity, and support within the department, college, and university. The Chair engages with professional societies to promote faculty, the discipline, and the department. The Chair will collaborate with the Vice President of IFAS, Deans, Associate and Assistant Deans, other IFAS Chairs, Research and Education Center Directors, and other administrators in providing leadership for delivering integrated programs to meet the diverse needs of students, extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders. The Chair provides leadership in the department by cooperating with the Agronomy Administrative Advisory Committee, which includes industry stakeholders.
The Agronomy Department (http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu) has diverse teaching, research, and extension programs with currently 22 faculty members located on the main campus in Gainesville and 14 faculty located at Research and Education Centers throughout the state. The inter-disciplinary Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture was added under the department umbrella in 2017 and encompasses the Agroecology academic programs. Agronomy faculty also engage with other centers and institutes including the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute.