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Posting Date: July 20, 2018                                                     Posting End Date:  Open Until Filled

Position: Department Chair- Biology                                                    Location: College of Arts and Sciences- Biology   

Status: Full Time (Tenure- Track)

Special Qualifications
In keeping with the President’s commitment to Tuskegee University seeking “Excellence in Every Way,”  the ideal Department Chair will possess the willingness to use their expertise to assist in the university’s efforts to be a sustainable academic organization committed to excellence.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • While the area of specialization is open, the candidate must possess the ability to teach introductory as well as advanced courses in Biology
  • Direct the department, assist with retention, advise students, plan class schedules, and general supervision of teaching, service and related activities of the department
  • Develop best practices to recruit and retain scholarly students
  • Provide vision and leadership to ensure greater entry of our students into clinical, biomedical research and professional careers
  • Pursue an independent scholarly research program; publish in peer reviewed, high impact journals
  • Develop successful grant proposals to attract external funding to support the research program
  • Build productive and long-term relationships with alumni and corporate sponsors
  • Mentor new faculty and foster a positive and growing environment
  • Work with faculty to support new professional development opportunities
  • Provide effective leadership to the department’s faculty who will be required to be innovative and proactive in teaching effectiveness
  • Assist in program and curriculum development
  • Ensure that all faculty follow department policies and procedures
  • Analyze all department related issues and provide immediate resolutions
  • Demonstrate collegiality and service to the college and the university community at large by serving on various committees
  • Lead faculty, students and staff acquiring and/or improving skills to support teaching Research and Service
  • Uphold institutional policies in teaching, research and service to support student development and ensure compliance with deadlines in fulfillment of those policies as stipulated in the calendar
  • Promote programs for scholarship, professional growth, academic welfare, and personal development of faculty and students
  • Supervise and evaluate teaching effectiveness and improvement of instruction
  • Enforce approved reporting sequence (Student-Faculty-Head-Dean-Provost-President) to ensure proper handling of academic matters
  • Collaborate with faculty and departmental committees in connection with the following:
    • Formulation of curriculum proposals and other educational policies to enhance the instructional program of the Department
    • Preparation of class schedules and assignments of classes to the Department’s faculty, with appropriate coordination and approval through the Provost
    • Preparation, with assistance of the faculty and particularly department heads, of budget recommendations for submission to the President
    • Development and application of measures to evaluate individual faculty teaching performance
    • Regulation and control of expenditures in line with authorized budget; efficient resource utilization
    • Cooperation with other departments and programs of the University faculty
    • Assistance in the total development and over-all administration of a superior program of research and instruction
    • Enhancement of the over-all public relations and developmental efforts of the University
    • Carrying out the programs of the Department within the financial constraints and financial policies of the University
    • Making and adjusting programs of study for students enrolled in the Department in general accordance with academic regulations
    • Effecting minor adjustments of curricula of the Department and conferring with the Dean and Provost in making other adjustments within the established policy of the University
  • Represent the Department, College and University in professional meetings
  • Teach at least two courses each semester
  • Advise the Dean regularly, through conferences and reports, on the status of the academic program and personnel, educational goals, accreditation of programs and other matters
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned by the Dean, Provost and President


  • PhD from an accredited institution of higher education and possess the qualifications necessary to hold a tenured position
  • Five (5) or more years of college instruction in field related to the appointment of associate or full professor with tenure
  • Experience with integrated practice and/or collaborative learning
  • Evidence of scholarly activity through publications
  • Evidence of strong a track record of receiving external grant funds
  • Significant, relevant and successful experience in a comparable administrative leadership position in higher education
  • Ability to obtain and manage financial resources
  • Demonstrate organizational and team building skills with the ability to foster productive relationships among students, faculty, staff, and alumni

Commensurate with education, training and experience

**The statements contained in this job announcement reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility.  It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. **

APPLICATIONS will be accepted in the Office of Human Resources. Each applicant, including all current/existing employees, must complete and submit a Tuskegee University employment application, resume/CV, three (3) letters of reference (with detailed contact information) and copies of unofficial transcripts (official transcript(s) will be required upon hire). Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and submit a completed application packet in order to be considered for the position. The University reserves the right not to fill the position in the event of budgetary or operational constraints.

Office of Human Resources
Attn: Employment/Recruitment
1200 West Montgomery Road
101 Kresge Center
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama 36088
Email Address:   Fax: 334-724-4319
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer-Male/Female/Veteran/Disabled
Federal law requires identity and employment eligibility verifications on Form I-9 within three (3) business days of employment. Must be able to pass a drug screen and background check.