Director, School of Human Environmental Sciences

Bumpers College/University of Arkansas
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Bumpers College/University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas seeks to build world class, innovative programs while strengthening diversity by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body. Our aim is to build cultural competency, and most importantly serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and students within the school as we seek to enhance our land grant mission of teaching, research, service, and extension. Undergraduate enrollments have expanded significantly in recent years, and renewed emphases are being placed on enhancing multi-disciplinary research and graduate programs. We seek to establish the School of Human Environmental Sciences as a world class center by engaging in professional service and cooperating with public agencies, as well as private industries.

Units within the School of Human Environmental Sciences are composed of the Apparel Merchandising and Product Development faculty who aspire to excellence in teaching through integrating leading industry techniques and technologies in the program as applied in the apparel industry; the Human Nutrition and Dietetics faculty focus on human and culinary nutrition; the Hospitality Management faculty whose research centers around hospitality leadership, management, and events applications; the Food, Nutrition and Health faculty focus on nutrition for health professionals, culinary nutrition, and nutrition communication; and Human Development and Family Sciences faculty who work on enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable people, children, families, and communities. The school has a growing faculty and new facilities which include a $8 million child development study center, recently renovated apparel teaching and research laboratories, an updated commercial kitchen and food lab, and access to campus-based, commercial food innovations dining facilities.

The successful candidate will serve as Director of the School of Human Environmental Sciences and will proactively lead efforts to build strong, multidisciplinary research programs in applied and basic research in the areas of study within the School and related disciplines while providing exemplary leadership to innovative teaching programs. The School Director is expected to lead by effectively communicating with a wide range of people, cultivating a climate of respect, fostering collaboration, creativity and innovation while actively encouraging integration of the School’s research across teaching programs with ongoing extension efforts serving the College and University.

Additionally, the Director will promote departmental interests in state, regional, national, and international programs while maintaining relationships with the other disciplines in the University System, state and federal agencies, and leaders across Arkansas. Multi-disciplinary research programs of the School are directed toward the development and transfer of credible, timely, and objective information, and address the needs of relevant industries as well as the general public. The Director provides leadership in building a structure that enhances resources to support faculty development.


• Earned Ph.D. or equivalent in the human sciences represented by programs within the School, or a closely related discipline, and an
outstanding record of professional accomplishments.
• An academic record commensurate with the rank of full professor.
• Active participant in professional associations and accrediting bodies related to the disciplines represented within the School.

• Prior experience and knowledge within the Land Grant University System is desirable, in addition to experience in an academic
environment encompassing the missions of teaching, research and service.
• A graduate degree in one of the program areas represented by the School is desirable.

Organization Summary

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. University of Arkansas salary packages are highly competitive.

AFLS E-202 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

How to Apply…

Review of applications will begin May 1, 2021 and will end 45 days later. No late application will be reviewed. Applicants must apply on the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus employment website. (Link to position is above) Application materials needed to apply for this position include a letter of application, professional resume, and name and contact information of four professional references. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening.

Application Deadline
Position will close on June 15, 2021. No late applications will be reviewed.