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Head, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (002957-2013)

The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture seeks applications for the position of Department Head.

Responsibilities:  The head is expected to provide vision, leadership, and administration in support of the land-grant missions of teaching, research and extension; work closely with faculty and staff to set departmental priorities and allocate resources; advocate for the department within the university, state, region and nation as well as internationally; cultivate an environment that encourages excellence; promote opportunities for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and extension; identify and obtain additional resources for the department; enhance the diversity of our faculty, students and staff; and support a climate of inclusiveness and respect.

Department:  The department has 29 faculty (23 in Horticulture and 6 in Landscape Architecture), 44 professional, technical and clerical staff, 30 graduate students, 170 undergraduate students (63 in Horticulture and 107 in Landscape Architecture) and 12 postdoctoral associates. The Landscape Architecture program is fully accredited, and both it and the Horticulture program are nationally ranked. The departmental budget is approximately $8.3m per year with annual research expenditures in excess of $2.3m. The department has a history of excellence in research in both horticulture production and fundamental plant biology with a strong interdisciplinary emphasis. The department endorses a collaborative attitude that fosters collegiality, civility and respect among peers, staff and students. The department also supports a wide variety of horticulture extension programs. Research in the department is supported by state-of-the-art facilities for genomics, microscopy and plant growth. Currently the department is part of a new $20+m university-level ‘Purdue Moves’ initiative to develop plant transformation and phenotyping facilities and add 10 new plant science faculty positions across the College.Additional information can be found at http://www.hort.purdue.edu

Qualifications:  The successful candidate must have: an earned doctoral degree in a plant science or related field; appropriate qualifications for appointment as a tenured full professor in the department; an outstanding record in teaching, research, and/or extension; the ability to provide academic leadership and to communicate effectively with administrators, faculty, staff, students and other groups.

The College:  The department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked number 6 globally in the 2013 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension),to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment focused on excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 320 faculty, 2704 undergraduate students, and 690 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at https://www2.ag.purdue.edu/Pages/strategicplan.aspx

Application Procedure:  Qualified persons are requested to submit the following: letter of application; statement of their vision of future needs for research, teaching and engagement in horticulture and landscape architecture; statement of administrative philosophy; complete curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail address of five references. Initial nominations and inquires will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval by the applicant. Nominations of outstanding potential candidates for the position are welcomed. A background check is required for employment in this position.

Applications, nominations and inquiries should be addressed to:  Dr. Robert Swihart, Chair, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Head Search Committee, Purdue University, c/o Office of the Dean of Agriculture, 615 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053. Electronic submission is preferred and should be sent to rdr@purdue.edu. The search committee will begin review of applications on November 30, 2013 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions regarding the position may be addressed to Dr. Robert Swihart at (765) 494-3590 (rswihart@purdue.edu).

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.