Department Chair Position
The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution of
higher education and is ranked in the Top Tier of the “best national universities” by U.S.
News & World Report. UNR plans to add up to 250 tenure-track faculty positions
between 2015 and 2020. As integral components of the University, the College of
Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and the Nevada Agricultural
Experiment Station invite applications for an innovative administrator/scientist/educator
to Chair the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES).
NRES is a multi-disciplinary department offering programs in Wildlife Ecology and
Conservation, Environmental Science, Forest Management and Ecology, and
Ecohydrology. The Department currently has 19 full-time faculty and will be conducting
searches for 3-6 tenure-track faculty positions within the next two years. Departmental
faculty are engaged in basic and applied interdisciplinary research programs that
address local, national, and international issues, and collaborate with a broad spectrum
of agency and community partners. Faculty are committed to high quality education
programs that prepare students for natural resource careers or graduate school. NRES
has experienced recent increases in undergraduate enrollment (70% increase from
2012-2016 to >450 undergraduates). In addition to its departmental MS graduate
program, NRES faculty participate in three interdisciplinary graduate programs and
support an average of 30 MS and 20 PhD students per academic year. NRES receives
an average $3 million in research awards per year.
The NRES chair will provide administrative, intellectual and philosophical leadership for
the department’s teaching, research and outreach missions. A qualified candidate must
provide evidence of strong administrative leadership and have a record of academic
and research excellence consistent with a faculty rank of full professor. This person will
represent departmental and college interests during engagements with public and
private sector stakeholder groups.
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in
education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the
added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the
Reno is located in northern Nevada near the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is
approximately four hours northeast of San Francisco. The area offers outstanding four
seasons living 30 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe and the amenities of a university
town with excellent schools, arts, entertainment, and outdoor recreation.
Applicants should submit 1) a detailed letter of application, which also indicates how
they would contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community
through their research, teaching and/or service; 2) Resume/CV; 3) contact information
for at least three professional references; 4) statement of research interests; 5)
statement of teaching philosophy; and 6) statement of leadership experience,
philosophy and departmental vision. References will only be contacted after initial
interviews and candidate notification. Statement of leadership experience, philosophy
and departmental vision should be uploaded into the “Other” category.
For full consideration of applications, all materials should be submitted by October 28,
2016 but applicant review will continue until position is filled.
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