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Dept Chair/Head- Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Clemson University

  • Jan. 5, 2017
  • Dept Chair/Head- Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Clemson University
    Clemson, SC
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • July 15, 2017
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Plant Pathology
    Environmental Science & Ecology
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
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Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Plant & Environmental Sciences
Dept Chair/Head- Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Location: 171 Poole Agricultural Center

The newly formed Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University invites applicants for the position of Professor and Chair. The Chair provides vision and leadership to facilitate and strengthen our research, teaching, and extension missions. The person selected will promote and guide new initiatives in a large and diverse department. The position is located on the Clemson campus, and will be a twelve month, tenured appointment.

The Chair will represent the Department within the state, nationally, and internationally, will develop and maintain excellent working relationships with the agricultural and environmental community, and will facilitate interdisciplinary and interagency cooperation. The Chair will engage all stakeholders and provide direction and guidance around resource development and departmental goals. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, program planning and implementation, budget management, personnel recruitment and management, performance evaluations and reviews, coordinating promotion and tenure, and professional development of the faculty, staff, and students. The ability to manage budgets and assist faculty in obtaining gifts, grants, and contracts is expected. Promoting and enhancing the stature of the Department in research, teaching, and extension will be an important goal of the new chair.

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES), part of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS), provides unified education, research, and public service programs that address public needs in agronomy, entomology, environmental sciences, horticulture and turfgrass, plant pathology, and soil and water sciences. The Department is a result of a recent restructuring and was formed in 2016. It includes 45 faculty located on campus and at Research and Education Centers located in Charleston, Georgetown, Florence, and Blackville, SC. Three undergraduate degree programs (Plant and Environmental Sciences, Horticulture, and Turfgrass) and two graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D. in both Plant and Environmental Sciences and Entomology) are managed in the Department. Resources available on and near the Clemson University campus include the Genomics and Computational Biology Laboratory, Clemson Light Imaging Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility, Greenhouses Complex, Musser Fruit Research Farm, Simpson Research Farm, Student Organic Farm, SC State Botanical Garden, 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest, Cherry Farm Insectaries, and Arthropod Collection. Facilities are also available throughout the state, and include five Research and Education Centers.
As a faculty member at Clemson University, you can expect to be immersed into a community of people who are committed to fostering diversity and inclusive excellence. We are looking for individuals whose background or interests align with this commitment.

Clemson University is a public, land-grant university serving a driven and highly accomplished student body. Ranked as the 23rd best national public university by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented university dedicated to teaching, research and service. The University is located in a college town setting that is situated in the dynamic Southeastern corridor, which has been designated as a major region for trade and logistics. Against a beautiful backdrop of lakes and mountains, faculty and staff can enjoy the benefits of Clemson - a small college town with over 13,000 residents and 22,000 students, and of Greenville, South Carolina, a thriving mid-sized community that is a 30-minute commute.
Clemson is a 2-hour drive from Asheville, NC, Atlanta, GA, or Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit:


The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and educational excellence including teaching, proven ability to obtain extramural funding, and a forward-thinking strategic vision for all mission areas. The successful candidate must have earned a doctorate in an appropriate field, and currently hold or be immediately eligible for promotion to the rank of Professor. He/she should have demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities, appreciation for the diverse interests and missions of the Department, and a commitment to the land-grant philosophy. The successful candidate must have experience in graduate and undergraduate training and communication and mentoring skills that encourage faculty to achieve their highest potential.


Applicants should submit the following: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae highlighting the applicant's most significant publications and activities; a concise one-page statement on leadership and management philosophy; a concise one-page statement describing their vision for the role of the Chair; and names and contact information for four references (at least two holding the rank of Professor). These documents should be uploaded to Interfolio ( To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2017. The review process will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated date of hire for the position is July 15, 2017. Further information about this position, departmental resources, programs, and faculty research interests are available at: ( and Private inquiries prior to application may be addressed to Dr. Julia Kerrigan, Chair of PES Search Committee for Professor and Department Chair, 864-656-2640.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


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    Plant and Environmental Sciences
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