Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites applications and nominations for an experienced and enthusiastic academic leader to serve as the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences within the College of Engineering and Sciences. The Chair will provide a contemporary vision and leadership to the largest academic department in the college; and will be expected to play a key role in expanding and strengthening the growing health-related programs in the unit.
The College of Engineering and Sciences serves over 1,600 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students across a wide range of academic programs. In addition to the Department of Biological Sciences, the college includes: a Department of Chemistry and Physics; a Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; and a School of Engineering with a Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The college also contains three distinguished and award-winning research centers, which include: Center for Innovations through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center, and Water Institute.
The Department of Biological Sciences is a multi-disciplinary unit serving more than 450 undergraduate majors and 35 graduate students. The department includes 15 tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty members, and 4 staff members.
The unit offers baccalaureate degrees in Biology (with multiple concentrations), Health Studies, and Medical Laboratory Science, as well as a master's degree in Biology. The service region offers some unique natural attractions, such as the Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore, and both campuses are within 15 miles of the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Additionally, between university property and the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, faculty have access to more than 600-acres of habitat for educational and research opportunities.
In fall of 2020, a new $40 million, 68,000 sq. ft. Bioscience Innovations Building will open on the Hammond campus. The facility will house the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Nursing. The new building will contain flexible teaching and research labs, as well as contemporary student interaction spaces.
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is an academically comprehensive, student-centered university located in northwest Indiana, just southeast of Chicago. As an independent university within the Purdue University system, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community for its more than 10,000 students through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education.
Offering nearly 70 academic areas of study at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, PNW's colleges, schools and centers are distinguished through prestigious accreditations, national recognitions and competitive rankings. The university is widely respected for its faculty's dedication to student success through experiential learning and collaborative research across its two culturally diverse campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana.
The Department Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences.
The Chair provides first-level management and strategic leadership for the academic unit, as well as students, faculty, and staff assigned to the department.
The needs of students and the well-being of the department, college, and university are central obligations of this position.
The Department Chair is expected to teach one course each academic semester, to promote collegiality, positive university citizenship, and must be able to represent the unit both to on-campus and off-campus constituencies.
The successful candidate will understand contemporary trends in both higher education and the discipline; and will be able to articulate a vision to advance the department in learning, scholarship, and community engagement.
Candidates for the position of Department Chair are required to hold a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, or a closely related field. Experience or an expressed interest in developing contemporary health-related programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g.
Athletic Training, Nutrition and Wellness, and Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy). Must have 3 or more years of academic leadership experience, a vision for interdisciplinary programs and research, and a record of leading by example. Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills. The successful candidate will have a record of teaching, scholarship, and service that merits appointment at the rank of Professor in one of the disciplines in the department. Individuals who can demonstrate the ability to promote student success, manage effectively, strategically plan/implement new programs, and build partnerships with the community in a meaningful way are strongly encouraged to apply.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications for the position on November 2, 2018; and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applicants are encouraged to have application materials submitted by October 31, 2018.
A complete application will include a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and contact information of 5 professional references. All applications and nominations will remain confidential; references will not be contacted without notice.
Applications must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Please direct all applications to the contact information below.
Refer to "PNW BIOL SCI Dept. Chair" in the subject line.
Debra Grant, Assistant to the Dean
Purdue University Northwest
College of Engineering and Sciences
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
Position inquiries and nominations must be emailed to the Search Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PNW is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that sincerely values diversity and inclusion.
Visit our web site www.pnw.edu for additional information about the University. For information regarding our excellent benefits package, visit www.purdue.edu/benefits.
Purdue University Northwest is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check.