Department Head, Applied Ecology

North Carolina State University
December 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Posting Number PG192080EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Department Head, Applied Ecology Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience Work Schedule Monday - Friday / 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; other hours as required Job Location Raleigh, NC Department About the Department

The mission of the Department of Applied Ecology at NC State University is to advance fundamental and novel discoveries in ecology, environmental, and life sciences, to share those discoveries with our students and the general public and apply them to develop solutions to society's greatest environmental problems. We accomplish this through research, teaching, and extension and engagement. The department is also home to the federal NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (USGS), a service center for Applied Aquatic Ecology, the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (USGS), and NC Agromedicine Institute.


We conduct world-class applied and fundamental research that draws upon the broader fields of biology, ecology, life sciences, genetics, toxicology, interdisciplinary risk sciences, conservation, and living resource management and employs novel approaches to confront local, regional, and global environmental problems and challenges. Our research spans microbial to landscape scales, aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and urban, agricultural, and natural environments.


We provide advanced education to graduate students through interdepartmental graduate degree programs (MR, M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in Biology; Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; and Environmental Assessment. The Department offers an undergraduate minor in Applied Ecology and is developing an undergraduate major in Applied Ecology.

Areas of emphasis in the department include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation biology
  • Fisheries science, aquatic ecology, and management
  • Global change ecology
  • Pollination biology
  • Extension and Engagement

    We develop and disseminate research-based information in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Pond Management, Environmental Toxicology and Agromedicine, Risk Analysis, Water Quality Analysis, and Biodiversity Conservation to the general public through NC State Extension, collaborations with state and federal agencies, and direct outreach. Many of our research programs adopt a citizen science approach to leverage benefits in both research and outreach.

    Essential Job Duties

    The Department Head has overall responsibility for the leadership and administration of all teaching, research, and extension activities in the Department of Applied Ecology. The Head works closely with the Dean and Directors of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the delivery of departmental programs in teaching, research, and extension. The Head also has a key role in the recruitment and development of faculty and staff, oversees planning and evaluation of the Department's academic, research, and extension programs, and is responsible for allocation and accountability of departmental budgetary matters. The Head works closely with others in the Department to assure timely dissemination of information to the Department's clientele.

    The Head will foster an environment of inclusion and promote mutually beneficial working relationships. They will pursue fundraising as appropriate to support the department's programs and other developmental activities and will serve as the Department's lead representative in interactions with college and university administrators, associated centers and institutes, clientele groups, and the public. The Head is expected to promote collaborations and partnerships with other University departments as well as state, national, and international agencies and other organizations. N.C. State is diverse because it is a community of individuals from varied backgrounds and demographic categories; it encourages, accepts, and values a diversity of people and ideas; it seeks to promote an environment where equity, respect, and understanding represent the norm in the campus climate; and it seeks to prepare entrepreneurs who are effective citizens of a global community. As such, the incumbent is expected to contribute to an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

    Other Responsibilities

    Other related duties as assigned.


    Minimum Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. degree in Ecology, Biology, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sustainability or a related discipline and credentials to be appointed at the rank of Professor with tenure in the department.
  • Other Required Qualifications

  • A commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and extension appropriate to a land-grant university.
  • Successful administrative experience, including experience in personnel and budgetary management.
  • An ability to respond and adapt to global changes and challenges, changing societal needs, new science/research, and funding priorities, and to collaborate with departmental faculty and staff to develop a responsive long-term vision.
  • Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills, including the ability to resolve personnel issues, manage internal processes, etc.
  • The ability to present a positive culture and clear vision for the Department and to foster, by example, a strong sense of community among department faculty, staff, and students.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, interact with, and deliver a consistent message for the Department and College to diverse audiences including: faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, administrators and the highest levels of University leadership, local and state officials, relevant external groups, and the public.
  • Experience in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practices in the workplace.
  • Preferred Qualifications

    Candidates that currently hold the rank of Professor with tenure and has a record of outstanding professional achievement in research, teaching, and/or extension in their areas of expertise related to ecology, biology, natural sciences, or related discipline to the field of applied ecology with a working knowledge of current issues and developments in the field are especially encouraged to apply. In addition, candidates with a strong record of administrative and extramural funding experience are also preferred.

    Required License(s) or Certification(s)

    A valid driver's license is required for travel. NC driver's license is required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

    Valid NC Driver's License required Yes Commercial Driver's License required No

    Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

    Job Open Date 09/29/2022

    Anticipated Close Date Open Until Filled Special Instructions to Applicants

    Inquiries and nominations are invited and may be directed to Justin Lang, director, NC State Executive Search, at [email protected], Jennibeth Brackett, executive recruiter, NC State Executive Search, at [email protected], or Ben Chapman, committee chair and department head of Agricultural and Human Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at [email protected]

    Confidential review of applications will begin in December 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter (including summary descriptions of extension, research, teaching, and leadership experience), 1-2 page leadership vision statement ( Upload as Other Document 1 ), 1-2 page diversity and inclusion statement ( Upload as Other Document 2 ), and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

    Position Details

    Position Number 00007433

    Position Type Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00 Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Non Mandatory - Emergency Event Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Department ID 112101 - Applied Ecology AA/EEO

    NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

    If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected]. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

    NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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