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Department Head for Entomology and Plant Pathology
North Carolina State University

Date Posted Aug. 12, 2021
Title Department Head for Entomology and Plant Pathology
University North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC, United States
Department Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Plant Pathology
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences

Department Head for Entomology and Plant Pathology
NC State University
Raleigh, NC
Fall 2021

NC State University and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
North Carolina State University is a land-grant institution with strong extension, research, and teaching programs in the agricultural and life sciences. Current University enrollment is nearly 26,000 undergraduate students and over 10,000 graduate students.

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is composed of over 40 faculty that direct a diverse portfolio of programs. Collectively, these strengths not only serve our clientele and our science but also provide a rich environment for graduate education and training that can be tailored to the specific career interests of the student, whether they prefer training in the basic sciences or are preparing for a career in extension or industry. Our education and research programs provide graduate students and undergraduate students (through internships and extension experiences) with unique hands-on learning opportunities using the latest technologies.

In addition to undergraduate teaching, reaching 4,000 undergraduate credit hours per year, the department offers non-thesis Masters, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in either Entomology and Plant Pathology, through individual graduate programs. Current
departmental student enrollment includes 43 students in the Entomology graduate program and 34 students in the Plant Pathology graduate program.

Department faculty maintain an impressive record of research that includes an average of $15 million in competitive grant expenditures per year over the last three years. Areas of expertise include applied and basic ecology, biocontrol, chemical communication and ecology, epidemiology, enhancing host resistance, evolutionary biology, genetic pest management, host-parasite relations, insect rearing, integrated and precision pest management, landscape ecology, microbiome form and function, nematology, population genetics, resistance management, taxonomy, toxicology, and virus/vector relationships. Eighteen faculty members provide extension support through the department to support stakeholders in agriculture (animal production, field crops, nursery production, small fruit crops, specialty crops, vegetable crops), urban entomology, and forest health. The department also administers the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, which provides diagnostic and management recommendations for around 3,000 samples submitted per year and is staffed by four full-time experts.

The Opportunity
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. The Department Head will provide creative and exemplary leadership in Department administration, the recruitment, and development of faculty and staff, as well as planning and evaluation of the Department’s academic, research, extension, and outreach programs. The Department Head will also be responsible for the allocation and accounting of departmental budgets.

The Position
The Department Head will be expected to promote an inclusive and diverse environment for all members and to nurture a positive departmental work climate. The Department Head will be actively involved in fundraising and other development activities to support the department’s programs. The Department Head will also serve as the lead representative and advocate in interactions with College and University administrators, industry and commodity groups, and other stakeholders. The Department Head is expected to promote collaborations and partnerships with other University departments as well as private industry and state, national, and international agencies to position the Department as a global leader in entomology and plant pathology.

The Department Head’s office and the department’s administrative home are located at NC State University in Raleigh. The Department Head’s responsibilities also extend to departmental faculty, staff, and students located at the North Carolina Research Campus in the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, the Vernon James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth, the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Castle Hayne, and other NC State University research and extension facilities in North Carolina.

Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the university and in engagement outside the university. Therefore, the selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

Minimum Education and Qualifications

  • Relevant PhD,;
  • Associate Professor rank or at least ten years of experience and promotion after their doctorate; and
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic administrative goals, managing budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Entomology, Plant Pathology, or Nematology, or substantial experience working as a professional entomologist, plant pathologist, or nematologist; and
  • Experience in fundraising or strategic advancement, including securing large grants from governmental sources and donations from private foundations, industry, commodity groups, or individuals.

Department Required Skills

  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to actualize decisions;
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion and the land grant mission of North Carolina State University, as put forth in the College and Agriculture and Life Sciences Mission Statement; and
  • Excellent communication skills demonstrated by mentoring younger faculty, fostering an inclusive community of scholarship, and advocating for the needs of the department.

How to Apply
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited and may be directed to:

Frank Barragan, Recruitment Services Manager, Executive Search Services (919) 515-4365 or

Dr. Jeff Mullahey, Committee Chair and Department Head of Crop and Soil Sciences (919) 515-2647 or

Confidential review of applications will begin in October of 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials may be submitted online at (position # 00000196).

About NC State
At NC State, we create prosperity for North Carolina and the nation. We began as a land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering. Today, we’re a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels across disciplines.

NC State is a powerhouse in science, technology, engineering and math. We lead in agriculture, education, textiles, business and natural resources management. We’re at the forefront of teaching and research in design, the humanities and the social sciences. And we’re home to one of the world’s best colleges of veterinary medicine.

Our more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing. They pursue original research and start new companies. They forge connections with top employers and serve communities local and global. Through it all, they enjoy an outstanding return on investment.

Whether it’s Princeton Review ranking NC State among the nation’s best values for universities, Money magazine naming it the No. 1 best college for your money in North Carolina, or U.S. News & World Report ranking NC State No. 6 among the best values in public higher education, the university has many reasons to be proud.

Each year, NC State adds $6.5 billion to the statewide economy, equivalent to creating more than 90,000 new jobs. That represents significant return on investment for the citizens of North Carolina in the form of research advances, innovative technologies, successful companies, skilled graduates and new jobs waiting for them.

Our 9,600 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Together, they forge powerful partnerships with government, industry, nonprofits and academia to remake our world for the better. We expect everyone to give of their talents, skills, time and effort to make NC State an environment of inclusive excellence for all.

About Raleigh and North Carolina
North Carolina’s rapid growth makes the state a diversity leader and top spot for young professionals and families.

Raleigh reflects statewide growth as a city on the rise:

  • No. 2 among the best big cities to live in (Money, 2018)
  • No. 2 among the best places for business and careers (Forbes, 2018)
  • One of America’s top 10 recession-resistant cities (Smartasset, 2020)
  • Among the top 10 "Best Cities to Move to Right Now" (Curbed, 2020)
  • No. 2 among family friendly cities (, 2019)

With Durham and Chapel Hill, the capital city anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The region’s top companies – including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline – rank among the country’s best employers. NC State also maintains strong agricultural partnerships with Bayer, BASF and Syngenta, companies that lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

Celebrating its 134th year in 2021, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning, discovery and engagement available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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