The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is seeking a Department Head. This is a part-time (.50 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Science. The incumbent will also hold a .50 FTE tenured Professor position within the department. These two positions equate to one full-time (1.00 FTE) appointment that is benefits eligible.
The Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is responsible for the management and leadership of the department's teaching, research, and service functions. The Head is expected to provide effective academic leadership and to be active in research and teaching. The professorial position held by the department head is expected to have a research program that has the potential to be synergistic with that of the current department faculty. The Head reports to the Dean of the College of Science and is a member of the college leadership team.
Specific duties of the Department Head (to be carried out with the support of an Associate Head) include overseeing budgetary and hiring decisions, developing and communicating vision and message of the department to the college and university, setting policy for the department within the Department by-laws, approving grant proposal submissions for the department, overseeing completion of regular reporting required by the department, fostering a respectful, inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment for all department members (students, faculty and staff), increasing diversity, engaging community stakeholders as appropriate (e.g. newsletter to alumni, meeting with community members and alumni), and helping with department, college and university fundraising. The department head leadership responsibilities continue during the summer months and are covered by a separate summer appointment.
The primary mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is to provide undergraduate and graduate education, and conduct basic and applied research as is expressed in its mission statement:
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