PO Box 444332
Fish and Wildlife Sciences
Open for Recruitment: ||September 10, 2013 -
November 11, 2013|
Announcement #: ||10000088191
Commensurate with experience
Full or Part Time: ||
Letter of Interest and Qualifications
Philosophy of Leadership in a Teaching, Research, and Outreach Program
Contact Information for 5 Professional References
NOTE: The closing date of this vacancy announcement is being extended through November 11th to allow for the consideration of additional applications. Individuals who had previously completed the application process will continue to receive consideration and need not re-apply.
Head, Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences
The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho seeks an exceptional individual to serve as Head of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences. The successful applicant will serve as leader of an active, collegial department, work with faculty and staff to foster new research initiatives, mentor faculty, and help our students to succeed. We seek an effective leader with new ideas about how to improve an excellent department through increased student numbers, additional grant support, enhanced development and new faculty. Established in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state's land-grant institution, offering outstanding graduate and undergraduate programs in natural resources.
The main campus is located at the ecotone of the Palouse and the Rocky Mountains in the vibrant university community of Moscow, offering year-round social, cultural, and outdoor activities. Many opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty from the University of Idaho and Washington State University (7 miles away in Pullman, WA), and state and federal agencies. The College manages several outstanding field stations (http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/taylor) and is known for its engaged field studies and outreach programs.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences (www.uidaho.edu/cnr/fishwild) is the academic home to 15 faculty and 66 graduate and >300 undergraduate students. The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Natural Resources and B.S. degrees in Wildlife Resources, Fishery Resources, and Ecology and Conservation Biology. Departmental faculty members actively contribute to interdisciplinary programs in Water Resources, Environmental Science and the Professional Science Masters. Faculty and staff in the department direct a wide diversity of research and outreach programs. Department faculty, staff, and students work through these programs to maintain an engaged stakeholder base throughout the state of Idaho and beyond. The Department also is home to the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (html://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/research/researchprograms/coop).
The Department Head has responsibility to the greater university community, college and department faculty, staff, and students in leading one of Idaho's flagship academic departments. This includes administering department instruction and policy, research, and outreach activities, fostering faculty and staff development, growing investments in university research, and updating and implementing the College Strategic Action Plan. The Department Head serves as a liaison among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and college administration. The Department Head also contributes to research, teaching, and outreach activities.
The Department Head:
• Cultivates a culture of productivity, trust, respect, and diversity
• Represents the Department as a member of the college leadership team
• Leads a diverse and talented group of faculty and staff with a broad range of disciplines, a mix of basic and applied research, and interdisciplinary activities across the College and the University
• Promotes a dynamic learning environment for students
• Mentors, and is an advocate for, department faculty and staff
• Oversees personnel matters, including annual reviews, tenure and promotion
• Advocates for the college and department, and promotes research collaborations
• Oversees institutional and professional accreditation
• Oversees departmental scholarships and teaching assistantships
• Facilitates stakeholder relationships
• Engages in fundraising and economic development
• Adheres to university policies provided in the Faculty Staff Handbook and Administrative Procedures Manual.
• Doctorate in wildlife, fisheries, or a natural resource discipline (or closely related field) with an outstanding record of research, teaching, and outreach sufficient to merit a national and international reputation appropriate for the rank of Professor
• Organizational management and leadership skills, demonstrated by success in academic positions at a research or teaching university
• Vision, capability, and experience to address opportunities and challenges facing natural resources education, research, and outreach
• Experience in short- and long-term programmatic planning and implementation
• Excellent communication skills
Must: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.*
The hired candidate must provide employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services prior to beginning employment with UI.
Additional Desirable Qualifications:
• Creative approaches to student engagement, recruitment and retention
• Demonstrated ability to enhance graduate and undergraduate education, research, and outreach
• Facilitation of collaborative, broad-based, interdisciplinary research and outreach
• Strong commitment to achieving and sustaining diversity among students, faculty, and staff
• Experience building relationships with public and private sectors, including alumni and stakeholders
Application Process and Search Timeline:
Applications must include a letter of interest and qualifications, a philosophy of leadership in a teaching, research, and outreach program, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five references. To apply, submit the materials via the online application system at:
Review of applications will begin no sooner than 25 October 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations are welcome. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Lisette Waits, firstname.lastname@example.org, (208) 885-7823. All applications will be given full consideration.