Soil, Water and Climate Department Head with Faculty Rank
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Internal Number: 348428
Position: Soil, Water and Climate Department Head with Faculty Rank
College: College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Job ID: 348428
Location: Twin Cities
Job Family: Academic
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job Code: 9401
Employee Class: Instr Fac/TC and Coord Cmp
The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) is composed of 13 academic departments, 10 research and outreach centers across Minnesota, plus the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Bell Museum, and several interdisciplinary centers that span the college, the university, and the globe. CFANS offers thirteen undergraduate majors and thirteen graduate majors, three pre-major/pre-professional programs and 23 minors for undergraduate students. Undergraduate enrollment in the college is about 2000 students. CFANS students are well-prepared for a diverse, multicultural workforce through the college’s emphasis on experiential, interdisciplinary and intercultural learning; internships and global perspectives. A major R1 University, in FY21 CFANS sponsored grant awards totaled nearly $72.5 million and CFANS recently completed the “Driven” funding campaign, totalling a record $309 million in gifts and private investments that support our research, education and extension programs and student success. At the University level, CFANS is a key part of President Gabel’s “MPACT 2025” strategic plan with one of the UM System-wide strategic goals (MNtersections) to “Advance natural resources and agro-food systems to elevate human security and potential'. Our unique position in the University enables collaborations across the College of Science and Engineering, College of Biological Sciences, Carlson School of Management and others to leverage our educational, research and extension programs.
At CFANS, we aim to inspire minds, nourish people, and enhance the natural environment, and we believe that's only possible if everyone feels seen, heard and respected. Our College embraces equity and diversity and prioritizes purpose-driven scientific discovery in order for us to build a better tomorrow, together. We align with the University of Minnesota in providing equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Ongoing collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts in basic and applied research have enabled the faculty in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate (SWAC) to build a strong foundation of varied science in teaching, research, and extension. Faculty in the Department are nationally and internationally recognized for conducting research in areas including: Precision Agriculture, Environmental Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, Pedology, Contaminant Hydrology and Water Quality, Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions, Atmospheric Chemistry, Global Climate Change, Nutrient Management, Agricultural Water Management and Soil Health. Exemplary education, based on research, is a departmental priority and faculty offer a rich and diverse portfolio of undergraduate and graduate courses, serving students within the Department and across the College and University through in-person and online delivery.
The Department is a main contributor to the multi-departmental undergraduate major Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) servicing over 300 students and hosts four minors including, Climatology, Soil Science, Water Science, and International Agriculture. The Department's main graduate program, Land and Atmospheric Science (LAAS) delivers excellence in teaching, research, and mentoring that provides an enriching graduate experience. Graduates move on to careers in related industries, public agencies, academia, and private consulting. The SWAC Department is home to the Precision Agriculture Center and works closely with the Water Resource Center. The department also has a strong association with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Climatology Office and with the Soil Testing Laboratory and Research Analytical Laboratory. Adjunct faculty from the USDA-ARS Soil & Water Management Unit, located on campus, support the mission of the Department. A dedicated and professional team supports the Department's administrative, financial, and communication functions.
Department Mission: The mission of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate is to advance the understanding of Earth system processes and the interaction among land, atmosphere, and water. Through research, teaching, and outreach we seek to: Improve and protect the quality of soil, air, and water resources in natural and managed ecosystems; enhance agricultural and forest productivity and sustainability; predict and mitigate impacts of environmental and climate change on ecosystems and society; and provide science-based knowledge for improved decision making and a better informed citizenry. Please visit https://swac.umn.edufor more information.
CFANS at the University of Minnesota invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Department Head with Faculty Rank for the department of Soil, Water and Climate. The Department Head reports to the dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. The head is responsible for being a collaborative member of the Collegiate leadership team and to bring a solution-driven perspective to all collegiate and departmental strategies and goals.
The Department Head is the lead academic and strategic officer for a department who works to recruit, mentor, and retain outstanding faculty, graduate students, and academic staff in a set of related disciplines in addition to serving as the administrative leader of departmental programs. In collaboration with college support divisions, the department Head has responsibility for planning, fiscal management, personnel, and facilities. The Head actively supports efforts to secure sufficient resources for the department to strengthen and broaden its mission, nurture cross-functional relations at the University, and advance its strong international reputation.
Department Leadership (75%)
Provide instructional oversight of the assigned programs and oversee curriculum development including resolving instructional issues with faculty members and encouraging/supporting instructional innovation and improvement.
Assess general education outcomes in core courses taught within the department. Initiate and facilitate the development of new academic programs and projects, as appropriate.
Assign faculty teaching responsibilities to department faculty in cooperation with the Head of departments in interdisciplinary programs where appropriate.
Monitor the instructional and research excellence of the program(s) and address problems as they arise.
In conjunction with College and University offices, facilitate and oversee processes related to recruitment, promotion, tenure, and sabbatical.
Provide coaching and mentoring for all faculty and teaching professionals in the program(s).
Effectively integrate CFANS Research and Outreach Center resources in research, teaching and outreach efforts by department faculty.
Partner with external constituencies, including alumni, business partners, government and NGO to develop collaborative partnerships that advance our shared goals in talent development, research discovery and outreach and extension.
Serve as an advocate for the department’s faculty to College leadership and the University community.
Cultivate a feeling of energy, unity, and optimism in the department. Help faculty and staff understand how their work is connected to broader goals.
Lead recruitment efforts, when resources are available, for replacement or net growth of faculty and specialized staff. The head is responsible for actively sponsoring diversity, inclusion and equity including ensuring department/unit and College goals are met.
Keep the Dean informed of significant/recurrent issues and/or concerns that might put the reputation of the program(s), and/or the academic achievements of students at risk or adversely impact the work or learning environment.
In conjunction with the Dean and the CFO, develop budget and resources plans related to staffing and infrastructure.
Administer and manage the allocation of departmental resources (fiscal, human, facilities and capital). Promote financial stewardship and manage daily operations of the department.
Provide supervision and direction to staff in the department administrative offices.
Provide leadership in procurement of grant and endowment funding for support of departmental and faculty programs and assist with fundraising efforts within the context of the College and University.
Participate in the development of policy and strategic planning in the college and support those within the Department.
In conjunction with CFANS HR, coach and develop employees including immediately escalating concerns to HR and/or EO/AA in a timely manner and addressing misconduct or performance concerns in a timely manner.
Respond to academic questions from students and resolve any academic issues; fulfilling Title IX mandated reporting obligations including escalating concerns to EO/AA and HR, as appropriate.
Faculty Responsibilities (20%):
As discussed, and agreed upon with the Dean, teach an appropriate number of courses relevant to the size and scope of the department, typically the equivalent of one or two courses per year.
Participate in research and scholarly activities within the discipline.
Participate and assist department faculty in University and community service activities as appropriate.
Build and maintain strong relationships with external stakeholders, employers, alums, and supporters.
Service Delivery and Professional Development (5%):
Stay abreast of current developments in leadership and relevant pedagogy by participating in continuing education and training opportunities related to University policy and best practices.
Regularly and actively participate in department, College, and University events and meetings. Actively sponsor College and University initiatives.
Exceptional ethical and professional integrity
Thoughtful, transparent, and collegial
Collaborative within, and across, organizational boundaries
Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of emotional intelligence
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ph.D. in soil, water, or climate science or related discipline science field with activities directly related to research and extension and/or teaching activities within the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.
Must be eligible to successfully obtain tenure at the rank of full professor at the University of Minnesota.
Proven record of strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and discovery.
Record of publications in discipline-relevant to the field in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Demonstrated ability to obtain competitive funding.
Proven record of strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary extension and/or teaching.
Experience with formal classroom teaching or extension.
Proven record of support of successful undergraduate and graduate programs.
Commitment to service and outreach.
Minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience after the completion of the doctoral degree.
Minimum of 3 years of supervisory/leadership experience including fiscal management.
Proven record of achievement in leadership and the ability to develop and describe a vision in alignment with the organization’s goals and policies.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students.
Demonstrated ability to operate strategically to effectively promote and market the unique academic programs offered at Soil, Water and Climate for increased student enrollment and partnerships in the college, university and community.
Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively to a spectrum of audiences.
A record of implementing innovative and inclusive teaching and pedagogy via digital platforms.
Evidence of effective mentoring students and/or staff with diverse identities and experiences.
Demonstrated skill in fostering linkages with other disciplines and building program partnerships.
A record of forming positive relationships with varied internal and external stakeholders.
Record of commitment to recruitment, development and retention of a diverse, high-quality faculty, student body and staff.
A track record of successful donor engagement.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain an Extension program
Nature of Appointment:
This academic and administrative appointment will be on a twelve-month basis as Head and tenured faculty position as full professor. The initial administrative appointment is for three years with annual performance reviews. Subsequent annual reappointment is dependent on performance and outcome
of administrative reviews conducted every three to five years. Salary is commensurate with experience and achievement, and carries an administrative salary augmentation. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work in the United States.
A successful candidate will possess or show strong potential to develop these leadership competencies:
Operate Strategically: Approaches departmental activities with a big picture, long-term view; works collaboratively with faculty, staff and other stakeholders to set vision and direction and aligns resources with priorities.
Demonstrate Academic Leadership: Displays academic credibility and sound intellectual leadership; exhibits understanding of the leadership needs of the department; interfaces with internal and external stakeholders to act on issues important to the department.
Engage Faculty and Staff: Hires and develops a diverse workforce needed to support critical goals and priorities. Sustains and retains high performance individuals and teams.
Demonstrate Organizational Savvy: Understands the context of issues and dilemmas; is attuned to external and institutional politics; skillfully navigates University cultures with an ability to influence organizational culture.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: Champions diversity and equity goals, values, and practices; creates an inclusive and accessible work environment by finding solutions to systemic barriers; understands how their own values and assumptions about equity, diversity and inclusion influences decision-making.
Drive Results: Creates a culture of innovation, accountability, high quality and service, encourages the exploration of new approaches and ensures that data, metrics and other relevant information is used to monitor progress towards goals.
Collaboration: Effectively builds consensus, valuing diversity and inclusion, influencing others, and problem-solving. Creates an environment for open dialogue that values different perspectives and respectful debate.
Accountability: Sets high standards for self and team; fosters a strong culture of accountability for self and others including following through on commitments and openness to feedback.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month annually renewable administrative appointment, with an initial appointment period of three years, and a 12-month tenured faculty position as a Professor in the Department. Reappointment is contingent upon a comprehensive administrative review and evaluation. Position is available immediately. Salary is negotiable and carries an administrative augmentation. The Department Head is responsible administratively to the Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and is a member of the college’s leadership council.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with generous employer contribution and immediate vesting
Employer paid disability and life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75% of eligible tuition
Opportunities for Sabbaticals and other professional leaves
Applications must be submitted online: http://employment.umn.edu/(search for Position 348428). Candidates should include all of the required application materials combined into one single PDF document. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Required application materials:
Statement of leadership philosophy and experience
Diversity Statement (please see below*)
Names, addresses and email contact information for three (3) professional references that will be contacted if you are deemed a final candidate.
For questions regarding this position, please contact CFANS HR at firstname.lastname@example.org For best consideration, applications will be reviewed starting August 20, 2022
*Instructions for Diversity Statement (include with application materials)
Applicants are required to submit a diversity statement for this position. CFANS values and is actively invested in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout all of our academic programs. Please review the CFANS definition of diversityand the DEI strategic planfor the college.
Please, provide a diversity statement that details your professional experiences in DEI. Experiences may include:
Working with diverse communities or local organizations
Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the curriculum
Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into your research
Your own educational experiences, such as courses or workshops you have participated in and how you anticipate incorporating what you have learned in your future work
The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical
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About University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
In the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) we look at the bigger picture. When we envision a better tomorrow, it includes disease-resistant crops, products that protect our health, lakes free from invasive species, and so much more. We use science to find answers to the world’s grand challenges and solve tomorrow’s problems.
Every day our students, faculty and staff use science to create a world that will feed our growing population while sustaining the natural resources upon which we depend.