Faculty Job in Academic & University Director, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences


Faculty Rank: Professor
Percent Employment: Full-time
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: CALS -

About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant
university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building
on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and
excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase
access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a
broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:
Applications are invited for the position of Founding Director of the School of Plant and
Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. The new School will be a national and international
leader for improving human well-being and quality of life through learning, discovery and engagement in plant and environmental sciences.
The School’s faculty will integrate fundamental discovery as well as applied science to enhance plant and soil health, protect water
resources and quality, improve food security, design intelligent human landscapes, and promote environmental stewardship. The School will
integrate three outstanding departments that share certain mission elements: Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Horticulture, and Plant
Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science. These units already share cross-cutting interdisciplinary research, and will be further connected
through undergraduate curricula and linked graduate programs, as well as through statewide Research, Extension and Outreach activities. The
School will initially consist of 86 affiliated faculty and postdocs, 64 staff, and over 100 graduate students, and will have over $8M in
annual research expenditures. The School will provide an unparalleled opportunity for interdisciplinary research in the food, energy, water
nexus as part of a new University focus on Global Systems Science.

The director will provide leadership for the design and implementation
of the curricula, infrastructure, and new hires for the School. The responsibilities of the Director will be to provide strategic leadership
and vision for the School, effectively oversee administrative, fiscal and human resource matters, advocate with external stakeholders, and
pursue development opportunities. In addition to those core responsibilities, the Director will actively conduct impactful scholarship
within the School’s mission. The individual will be hired at full Professor rank, with the expectation of tenure.

Required Qualifications:
Earned Doctorate in Plant, Soil or Environmental Sciences or related field, with an
outstanding record of scholarship in research, teaching and/or Extension, and qualified for tenure at the rank of full Professor;
Demonstrated ability for leadership, strategic planning in a multidisciplinary environment, and management of people and resources at a
departmental or higher level; Effectiveness in personnel management, interpersonal and stakeholder communication, and consensus building;
Understanding of and commitment to the three missions of a land grant university; A commitment to Virginia Tech’s principles of Diversity
and Inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in a land-grant university

Must have a conviction check?

How to Apply for this Job:
Applicants must apply online (https://listings.jobs.vt.eduyxvaqfebyqddty, use posting # TR0170078 ). When applying for this position, please include in the online
application a Curriculum vitae, a cover letter summarizing leadership philosophy and vision for the position, along with the names of three
references who may be contacted. Inquiries concerning the position or application process should be directed to Dr. Glenda Gillaspy (gillaspy@vt.edu). Applications received by September 15, 2017, will receive full
consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Employee Category:
Instructional/Research Faculty

Appointment Type:

FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

Tenure Status:

Academic Year or Calendar Year?
Calendar Year

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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or
applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race,
religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire
about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010
or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please
contact the hiring department.

Applicant Documents:


  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Other Doc

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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