University of Tennessee at Martin

Professor/Chair of Biological Sciences

Chair, Department of Biological Sciences. This is a tenure-track position with the rank of professor or associate professor. The position is a twelve-month appointment with 50% administrative responsibilities and 50% faculty responsibilities.


  • A Ph.D. in a biological science
  • An understanding of and an appreciation for the diversity of biological areas within the department
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence with a strong commitment to undergraduate education
  • Strong leadership with effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Hold the minimum rank of associate professor at an accredited four-year institution
  • Preference may be given to candidates who have academic administrative experience and who have taught introductory biology


  • Provide progressive and effective leadership of the department
  • Facilitate communication in the department in a manner that encourages teamwork and maintains departmental collegiality
  • Assume a leadership role in assisting, advising, and mentoring junior faculty especially with respect to the tenure and promotion process
  • Prepare year-end performance and assessment reviews of staff and faculty that are impartial, thoughtful, and accurate
  • Develop a Departmental budget that reflects the needs of the faculty
  • Identify staffing needs (Departmental administrative, tenure-track, and adjunct) and effectively articulate these to the Dean
  • Develop an effective and efficient teaching schedule for the faculty
  • Assist faculty in the development of active research programs and facilitate opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research with faculty
  • Collaborate effectively with other Departments within the college and university, as well as stakeholders in the community and surrounding region
  • Work with faculty to develop a long-range plan by identifying areas of potential growth and advocate for resources necessary to achieve this growth
  • Encourage recruitment and student engagement activities for future and current students as well as alumni
  • Teach 6 credit hours per semester and participate in academic advising
  • Engage in service consistent with the university mission
  • Other duties as described in the Faculty Handbook or as assigned by the Dean and administration

The University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus in The University of Tennessee system. The campus is located in northwest Tennessee, approximately 125 miles north of Memphis and 150 miles west of Nashville. The University of Tennessee at Martin has a combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of approximately 7,300. The Department of Biological Sciences includes 18 faculty members with approximately 250 undergraduate majors (over 25% of whom are first-generation college students), and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with concentrations in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and environmental biology. For more information, please see the departmental website

Applicants must submit (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vita, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, (4) a statement of administrative philosophy, (5) transcripts for all graduate degrees (official transcripts will be required at time of hire), and (6) names and contact information for 3-5 references. Applications should be submitted online (position #20026501). In order to be evaluated, applications must be complete. The Search Committee will begin evaluating applications on December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

UT Martin is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Last updated: 2019-11-24