University of Minnesota Department of Entomology Professor and Head

University of Minnesota Department of Entomology

The University of Minnesota Department of Entomology ( ) is a strong and nationally-recognized department offering highly ranked programs of study at M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The Department also contributes to interdisciplinary undergraduate education. The Department has a distinguished faculty who have won numerous University and national awards for excellence in teaching, outreach, and published research. Department faculty represent a variety of fields including urban, forest, agricultural, veterinary, medical, and aquatic entomology; molecular biology and genetics; neurobiology; ecology, taxonomy and systematics; apiculture; physiology; biological control; integrated pest management in plant and animal systems; and related fields of study.

The Department’s graduate program is recognized nationally (NRC ranked #4) and internationally for both its quality and breadth. Graduates of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs advance into faculty positions at universities in the U.S. and abroad, research positions with government agencies and international organizations, and various positions with private sector firms.

The Department also has active extension programs that fulfill the Land-Grant mission of the University. By collaborating with other collegiate units, regional outreach centers, government agencies and private industry, the Department delivers state-of-the-art applied research and education on diverse issues such as: insect health in multifunctional landscapes, biological control and integrated pest management, urban pests in underserved communities, and honeybee management. Outreach through the Bee Squad and Master Gardeners expands the educational impacts of the Department.

Key responsibilities of the Head include:
● Administrative leadership for all aspects of the Department of Entomology including matters of fiscal,
personnel, and operational excellence
● Providing strong support for and leadership of activities, including teaching, research, extension, and
outreach on campus and affiliated centers
● Representation of the Department within the University and to stakeholder groups, state, national, and international communities
● Fostering linkages across Collegiate and University units
● Creation and support of efforts to secure resources that strengthen and broaden the Department’s
mission and advance its national and international reputation

Leadership Competencies:
A successful candidate will demonstrate the following leadership competencies:
● Operate Strategically: Approaches Departmental activities by means of a “big picture” and long-term view; collaborates with faculty and stakeholders to set vision and direction
● Ensure Fiscal Viability: sets and directs budgets for the Department; aligns resources with priorities
● Demonstrate Academic Leadership: Displays academic credibility and sound intellectual leadership;
identifies and promotes leadership needs of the Department; interfaces with internal and external
stakeholders to act on issues important to the Department
● Engage Faculty and Staff: Sustains and retains high performance individuals and teams
● Demonstrate Organizational Savviness: Understands the context of issues and dilemmas; is attuned to external and institutional politics; skillfully navigates University cultures
● Advocate for Diversity and Differences: Ensures that the Department supports diversity goals, values, and practices; ensures the Department is aligned with University’s diversity goals, values, and practices; leads by example
● Drive Results: Creates a culture of innovation, accountability, high quality, and service
● Collaboration: Effectively and respectfully builds consensus
● Accountability: Sets high standards for self and the Department; exhibits and fosters a strong culture of accountability

● Candidates must have an earned doctorate in entomology or a closely related field
● Minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience after the completion of the doctoral degree
● Record of excellence in research, teaching and or outreach productivity that meets the criteria for rank of Full Professor in the Department; must be eligible for tenure at the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Entomology
● Record of administrative experience to include experience in fiscal management
● Ability to create and articulate a Departmental vision
● Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, inclusion, and affirmative actions

● Dedication to maintaining the Department as a national and international leader
● Evidence of ability to provide visionary leadership in supporting and promoting excellence in teaching, research, extension, outreach, and center activities
● Broad understanding of current and emerging areas of basic and applied research
● Evidence of ability to work with people and to be an advocate for the Department with many and varied internal and external constituencies
● Evidence of effective organizational and communication skills, including speaking, writing, and listening skills
● Demonstrated skill in fostering linkages with other disciplines and building program partnerships
● Ability to maintain a scholarly program in teaching, research and/or outreach in entomology

Nature of Appointment:
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. Subsequent annual reappointment will be 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.

Review of applications will begin November 7, 2016 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should submit the following materials:
● Curriculum Vitae
● Statement of Interest in the position (1-2 pages)
● Statement of Vision for the Department (1-2 pages)
● Names of three references with contact information
All applications must be submitted online here (enter job opening code 313365 in Keywords box). Candidates will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

Nominations and inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. James Bradeen, Dept. of Plant Pathology, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN 55108; ; 612-625-9736. For more information about CFANS, view:

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