Posting Number PG190977EP
Internal Recruitment No
Working Title Department Head
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Education and Experience
Work Schedule M-F 8am-5pm
Job Location Raleigh, NC
Department Forest Biomaterials
About the Department
The College of Natural Resources:
Founded in 1929 as the School of Forestry, the College of Natural Resources
(CNR) at North Carolina State University (NC State) has a long tradition
of excellence in teaching, research, extension, and outreach. From its
beginning, the college's scope and reach has steadily grown to reflect
evolving industry needs, societal changes, and environmental concerns.
Today's college is a national leader, ranked #4 in the 2021 Best Colleges for
Natural Resources & Conservation, in addressing the many ways that people's
physical, economic and social needs are met while protecting the planet's
natural resources for future generations. Experts in the college's extension
programs are in the field every day working with businesses, industries,
government, nonprofits, communities and citizens across North Carolina to
provide programs and services that foster healthy communities and economies.
Stationed throughout North Carolina, these professionals support the state's
largest manufacturing sector, forest and wood products; pulp and paper and
allied industries; its largest service sector, tourism; and more than half a
million forest landowners.
The college's vision is to be a world leader among units of its kind, and the
go-to place for solutions to natural resource challenges in both the built and
natural environment. The college is committed to creating an environment where
diversity and inclusion are celebrated and valued. Diversity opens the door
for innovation as people from all backgrounds work together to solve today's
complex problems. Inclusion involves empowering all community members to reach
their highest potential academically, professionally and personally.
CNR's teaching, research, and extension programs require high-quality spaces
for students and faculty to find solutions to today and tomorrow's most
pressing societal, technological, and sustainability issues. The college's
natural environments, living labs, built space and applied research resources
are essential to NC State's Think and Do environment.
The college is organized into various units, including administration,
business services, academic affairs, information technology, forest assets,
extension, diversity and inclusion, advancement and research administration;
three departments – Forest Biomaterials, Forestry and Environmental Resources;
and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; two centers, including the
Center for Geospatial Analytics; and a number of research cooperatives and
The Department of Forest Biomaterials:
The Department of Forest Biomaterials, part of NC State's College of Natural
Resources (CNR), is a global leader in research and educational excellence
in the areas of pulp and paper manufacturing, biomass utilization, and
sustainable biomaterials. The Department focuses on developing practical,
innovative solutions to industry challenges. It serves the public, supporting
the land-grant mission of NC State University, translates and applies research
that drives discovery and generates value, advances knowledge through science,
and educates and trains future leaders.
The department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in
Paper Science and Engineering (PSE) and Sustainable Materials and Technology
(SMT). The PSE degree program is co-administered by the College of
Engineering and has a dual degree option that allows students to also earn a
BS degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The PSE program is the
largest and most successful in the country while the SMT program, fully
accredited, is relatively new and already in high demand.
The department is home to 20 full-time faculty, 13 staff members, 8 non-
faculty (including one instructional designer, two research associates, one
extension associate, and four BioResources personnel), 6 postdocs, 47
graduate students, and over 200 undergraduate students.
On-campus facilities include classrooms, laboratories, pilot plants, and
state-of-the-art research and testing facilities including the Robertson Paper
& Pulp Laboratory, the Hodges Wood Products Laboratory, the Forest
Biomaterials and Bioenergy Laboratories, the Smart Manufacturing Innovation
Center, and laboratories dedicated to life-cycle analysis and business
Research activities include programs funded by government and corporate
sponsors interested in scientific and engineering innovation applied to a wide
array of new forest-based materials, bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy
sources and novel manufacturing processes.
Essential Job Duties
NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of the head of
the Department of Forest Biomaterials. The department head will clearly
articulate a vision that is aligned with the strategic plan of the College of
Natural Resources and collaborate broadly across the college and university to
achieve that vision. Reporting to the dean, the department head oversees
academic, administrative, and budgetary matters and is the spokesperson
representing the department to the college, university administration,
external clientele, and outside constituents and stakeholders.
The Department head is responsible for:
Providing intellectual and organizational leadership and effective
management to academic, research, extension, and outreach programs in the
context of a broad and dynamic vision of the Department of Forest
Creating an environment that encourages a culture of integrity,
innovation, entrepreneurialism, and collaboration among students, faculty,
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to valuing diversity and contributing
to an equitable and inclusive working environment;
Promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment with a strong commitment
to recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty, and staff
Engaging alumni, industry, and other potential supporters; participating
in increasing understanding and support for the Department and the College
as a contributor to the well-being of the state, nation, and world
Supporting faculty development that advocates, recognizes and rewards
excellence in research, teaching and mentoring, extension, and outreach;
Fostering a culture of high-impact interdisciplinary collaboration in
research, teaching and service within the college and across the
Developing partnerships, both internally and externally, that foster the
priorities of the department, college and university;
Supporting fundraising activities that are consistent with the priorities
of the department, college and university;
Respecting and adhering to university policies and the principles of fiduciary
responsibility and stewardship of resources;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience
The Department is seeking an outstanding individual who will be expected to
have a strong commitment to academic and research excellence commensurate with
the expectations of a major research university. Candidates shall possess a
doctoral degree in paper science and engineering, chemical engineering, wood
products, materials science, or a related field and credentials to be
appointed at the rank of Professor with tenure in the department. The
successful candidate will possess an outstanding record of research, teaching,
administrative and leadership accomplishments along with a strong record of
commitment to human and intellectual diversity.
Candidates should have experience and demonstrable skills in leading and
managing programs, people, and positive change in environments similar to
those found within research extensive universities. The Department Head must
have a track record of working effectively with faculty, students, staff,
administration, industry and departmental partners, and funding agencies.
Demonstrated innovation towards diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as
excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential to success.
Other Required Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess strong organizational, leadership, and
team building skills as well as excellent oral and written communication
skills. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are
university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have
experience working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds,
and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for
students from underrepresented groups.
Candidates should have ability and evidence of active leadership and
innovative thinking; administrative experience (e.g., graduate/undergraduate
coordinator, Department Chair, Center Director, Project Manager, or highly
productive research/technology transfer programs); teaching experience; an
appreciation of the diverse disciplines representative of the CNR; experience
in managing and working with budgets; active involvement in forest procedures
or related industries; and building consensus among departments.
Required License(s) or Certification(s)
Valid NC Driver's License required No
Commercial Driver's License required No
Job Open Date 05/26/2021
Anticipated Close Date Open until filled.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and may be directed to
Frank Barragan, Recruitment Services Manager, at (919) 515-4365 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or to David Tilotta, Professor of Forest Biomaterials, at
(919) 515-5579 or email@example.com.
Confidential review of applications will begin in August of 2021, and will
continue until the position is filled.
In addition to an application, candidates should provide the following:
Cover letter stating the motivation for the application;
A statement on contributions that have been made to advancing diversity,
equity, and inclusion. This statement should include an explanation of
what advancing each of these areas means to you, how you encouraged or
promoted these areas in your professional career, and your future goals
for advancing each of these areas if hired for this position (upload as
other document 1) ; and
Contact information for three (3) professional references.
References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of
Position Number 00000686
Position Type Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.0
Appointment 12 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Mandatory - Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Mandatory - Fire/Explosions,
Mandatory - Medical Emergencies, Mandatory - Hazardous Material Incidents,
Mandatory - Transportation Accidents, Mandatory - Evacuations/Natural Hazards,
Mandatory - Utilities/Infrastructure Failure, Mandatory - Threats of
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Department ID 150301 - Forest Biomaterials
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. If highest degree
is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to
have their degree equivalency verified at www. wes.org or equivalent service.
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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