Department Head with Faculty Rank

University of Minnesota
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The Head, in collaboration with faculty and staff, provides leadership both as an active scholar and by supporting department scholarship. The Head formulates and implements department policies and practices, nurtures the professional growth of individual faculty, creates a welcoming environment for diverse students and faculty, and works to improve the quality of research, program development, instruction, outreach/community engagement, and Extension education. The Head provides academic leadership to FSoS in consultation with the CEHD Dean and Associate Deans and has general administrative authority over the department, including budget. The Head represents FSoS in college-wide administrative planning and is a member of the CEHD Academic Leadership Team. The department head position is supported by a department administrator (Assistant to the Head) who effectively manages the day-to-day administrative operations of the department, provides supervision and oversight to staff who provide support to the department and the Head, and handles projects as assigned.

Key Responsibilities

Overall Leadership Activities:

  • Serve as chief academic officer for FSoS and oversee administrative services essential to the effective and efficient operation of the department using independent judgment and discretionary authority.
  • Serve as chief administrative officer of the department, with authority and responsibility for programs and resources, personnel, budget development and oversight, development and fund raising, and administrative planning.
  • Provide leadership to the department in seeking additional funding sources.
  • Establish, communicate, administer and interpret the department’s fiscal, programmatic, and personnel policies.
  • Prepare, prioritize, and monitor budget requests and expenditures.
  • Espouse and practice principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity, and achieve diversity in the student body and workforce.
  • Indicate a clear understanding of and commitment to the land-grant mission, including Extension and agricultural experiment stations.
  • Represent the department in its internal and external affairs.
  • Represent the department on the Dean's academic leadership team, and in other all-college forums.
  • Delegate authority appropriately to other leadership in the department.

Collaborative Leadership Activities (via work with the Department Leadership Team* and faculty):

  • Promote excellent interdisciplinary department and interdepartmental research, teaching, and engagement consistent with the FSoS and CEHD mission and goals.
  • Promote and maintain a high-quality learning environment for students.
  • Provide shared leadership for the intellectual work of the department.
  • Provide shared leadership for strategic short-term and long-range goals, objectives, and plans.
  • Provide leadership for and coordination of research, program development, instruction, faculty development, outreach/community engagement, and Extension education.
  • Provide shared leadership in faculty and staff development: orient new faculty, manage the tenure and promotion process consistent with CEHD and University policies, nurture the professional development of faculty and staff toward excellence and national distinction in research, teaching, outreach/community engagement, and Extension education, and promote an open and inclusive work environment.
  • In collaboration with the Faculty Leadership Team, schedule, set agenda for, and facilitate departmental faculty meetings; appoint ad hoc committees as necessary.

Scholarly Activities:

  • Maintain a research portfolio as a tenured associate or full professor.
  • Keep current with new developments in the field, maintain involvement with professional organizations.

Teaching Activities:

  • Teach one course per year.


  • Doctoral-level degree in a field represented within the department.
  • Evidence of a well-established national or international reputation for productivity in one or more areas of academic scholarship within the department.
  • A demonstrated interest in and ability to foster a climate that seeks and values diversity.
  • Administrative experience in positions such as director or department chair/head, program coordinator, or director of graduate studies where some level of budgetary oversight has been required.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in research, teaching, advising, and outreach/engagement.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the role of community engaged research and teaching, and policies and practices that support community-engaged scholars.
  • Candidates must be qualified and acceptable to the faculty in the department for appointment at the rank of tenured Associate or Full Professor in one or more of the department’s academic programs.

Preferred (Selection Criteria):

  • Preference will be given to individuals qualified for hire as tenured Full Professors.
  • Successful administrative and leadership experience in a research University.
  • Demonstrated successful skills in interpersonal communication, administrative leadership, supervision, and team-building.
  • Effective writing skills, including the writing of planning and evaluation reports, project proposals for outside funding, and scholarly publications.
  • Demonstrated success in procuring external funding for research and programmatic initiatives.
  • Experience in allocating resources to ensure that the department mission and goals are achieved.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex information.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in gaining consensus and resolving conflict.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring and developing faculty and staff.
Organization Summary

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Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

1985 Buford Ave
McNeal Hall Room 290
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

How to Apply

Application Process: This position will remain open until filled. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Monday, August 23, 2019. Interested candidates must provide a letter expressing interest and addressing their accomplishments related to the qualifications for this position along with a current curriculum vita. An on-line application is required for this position. Please access the University of Minnesota employment system at and search for Job Posting Number 331409. The cover letter and curriculum vitae may be attached electronically to the on-line application.

Application Deadline
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Monday, August 23, 2019.