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School Director
University of Arizona

  • Jan. 7, 2018
  • School Director
  • Plant Sciences
  • University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ
    United States
  • Open Until filled
  • Sep. 1, 2018
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Agricultural Extension
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
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Position Summary
The University of Arizona (UA) College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking a proven strategic, entrepreneurial, innovative, visionary leader and manager as its next School of Plant Sciences ( Director. The Director will advance an already exceptional legacy in all three of the School’s Land Grant University (LGU) mission areas of Teaching, Research and Cooperative Extension, consistent with College ( and University strategic goals ( CALS leaders embrace thought-diversity and inclusion as key drivers of success.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Director is the appointed leader and administrative manager of the School of Plant Sciences, reporting directly to the CALS Dean and working collaboratively with three other CALS school directors, six CALS academic department heads, and four CALS associate deans, as well as with colleagues across the campus, nation and world.

The Director has authority, responsibility and accountability for leading and managing all school activities including but not limited to: student education, research, Cooperative Extension, employee professional development, recruitment, workload allocation, evaluation, budgets and finance, philanthropy and relationships with public and private partner institutions. The Director must have experience in, appreciation for, and credibility across the breadth of plant-related sciences, including discovery based laboratory research, precision agriculture and commercial production, pathogens, contemporary science and engineering, and national and global policy and political issues. The Director must be inclusive and understand models for achieving organizational progress.

The successful candidate will be:
1. A proven entrepreneurial leader with a record of achieving organizational cohesion and progress.
2. A direct faculty contributor to at least one of School’s LGU mission areas.
3. Committed to a selfless focus in support of the unit, putting personal professional disciplinary achievements after those of colleagues and the School’s future.
4. Committed to faculty- and shared-governance, academic freedom, communication, transparency, inclusivity, diversity, work-assignment equity, and employee engagement.
5. Able to know when and how to make decisions (especially difficult ones) and lead change, while maintaining team cohesion.

Minimum Qualifications
1. Ph.D. in relevant discipline area.
2. Nationally and internationally recognized academic accomplishment consistent with tenure at the rank of full professor in the School of Plant Sciences.
3. Thorough, first-hand understanding of: federal funding agencies; grants and contracts administration; corporate and philanthropic support; intellectual property and technology licensing; and economic development.
4. Proven leadership and management ability.

Additional Sought-after Qualifications
1. Prior leadership and management outside of academia.
2. Proven ability to work with and/or within the Cooperative Extension System to ensure that Extension program delivery is accomplished and appropriate regional economic development is facilitated

Documents to be attached electronically as part of application
1. Detailed letter of interest
2. Comprehensive statement of interest and capacity with respect to Research, Teaching, and Cooperative Extension,
3. Full Curriculum Vitae
4. Names, email addresses, mailing addresses, and phone numbers of at least five referees.

NOTE: The search is confidential until the point that finalists have provided written permission to make the finalist status of their candidacy public; referees will be contacted only after this permission is gained.

  • At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Contact Information

  • Parker Antin
    Plant Sciences
    University of Arizona
    1140 E. Campus Drive
    Tucson, AZ 85721
  • 520 621-5242


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