The University of Tennessee is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science. This is a 12-month, tenured position with a 100% administrative appointment.
The Department of Food Science is a diverse blend of scientists and engineers contributing to land-grant mission of the university. The applied and basic research focuses primarily on microbiological food safety, chemistry and process engineering of food and biomass, and food sensory science. Approximately 80 undergraduate students are enrolled in the Department’s bachelor’s degree program with concentrations in science and pre-professional. In addition, approximately 30 graduate students are enrolled in the Department’s MS and PhD programs. Extension programs focus on food processing and food safety. The Department is housed in both the Food Safety and Processing Building and the Food Science Building. Diverse activities in food science are currently accomplished by its 16 faculty members and 11 professional, support, and clerical staff on the Knoxville campus. Encouraging experiential learning in undergraduate curriculum and research, creative achievement and real-world experience is a departmental goal. Additional information is available at http://foodscience.tennessee.edu/ and more information on the Knoxville area can be found at http://taes.utk.edu/upload/AgRsch/Knoxvilleinfo.pdf
The Department Head position is a 12-month administrative appointment responsible for leadership of all departmental programs and administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resources and facilities. The Department Head reports to the Deans of AgResearch, UT Extension, and the Herbert College of Agriculture and works with each of the three Dean’s offices to accomplish departmental goals and objectives. The Head guides the Department in its mission to deliver internationally recognized programs in teaching, research and Extension. The Head helps articulate and promote the Department’s vision to provide high quality, relevant education and training for undergraduate and graduate students to serve internationally competitive food commodity markets; and develop and transfer new knowledge in food science that makes significant contributions to the economy of Tennessee and the world.
The successful candidate is expected to:
Lead education, research, and Extension activities in the Food Science Department with fairness and integrity
Effectively advocate for the Department to external constituencies (including alumni, food and agricultural industries, state and federal agencies, and professional organizations), and the administration within the university
Recruit, motivate and strengthen faculty, staff and students through active engagement, mentoring, and professional development programs
Foster an environment of collegiality, teamwork, diversity and respect for multicultural and multi-disciplinary settings
Interact with faculty, students, stakeholders and the Department’s Industry Advisory Group to determine direction and priorities
Enhance cooperation and collaboration with other departments, colleges and universities
Cultivate externally sponsored opportunities to support our programs
Maintain and expand diversity in the Food Science Department and in the University community
Increase national recognition and program ranking
The successful candidate must qualify for the rank of Professor in the Department of Food Science with an earned doctorate degree in Food Science or a related field.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:
Understanding of and commitment to excellence in the three missions (teaching, research and outreach) of a land grant university
Record of outstanding professional accomplishments, including team building skills
Effective communication, consensus building, interpersonal and leadership skills
Excellence in at least two of the following: (1) research or scholarly activity; (2) teaching, instruction; (3) Extension, service, or outreach; (4) academic or administrative leadership
Appreciation for the disciplinary breadth of the department
Knowledge of and commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action
Clear vision and strategy to bring the department to the next level
We seek a collegial leader with:
Experience in assessing priorities, strategic planning and implementation, and adapting to a change in a multidisciplinary environment
Skills in effective management of personnel and a desire to encourage productive teamwork
Demonstrated fiscal and resource management skills
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Compensation is competitive and will be based on education, experience and qualifications. UT offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular employees, including health and dental insurance, life insurance and multiple retirement plans.
NOMINATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS
The Search Committee will review and continue to receive applications until an appointment is made. Nominations of qualified individuals are sought and should be sent via electronic means to the Office of the Dean at the address shown below. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 31, 2020. Applications must include: A letter of application summarizing the applicant’s qualifications AND vision of departmental leadership; A complete curriculum vitae; Names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least five professional references that the Search Committee may contact; and a copy of transcripts showing degree(s) conferred. Females and minorities are encouraged to apply. Nominations and questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Neal Schrick (search committee chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shelley Johnson at email@example.com.
About The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
About the University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture
Tennessee's forests, pastures, and farmlands are our classrooms. So are the state's gardens and arboretums, wetlands, and watersheds. The classrooms and teaching programs of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are as varied as the people they serve. Our programs assist students, farmers, families, 4-H and other youth, agribusinesses, state and federal agencies, consumers and the general public.
We create real life solutions. We will accomplish this vision by 1) preparing students to make a difference, 2) discovering knowledge which impacts real world issues and 3) connecting with people and communities to help them prosper.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), through its colleges, research and education centers, and county extension offices, serves the people of Tennessee and beyond through the discovery, communication and application of knowledge. UTIA, working with the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, is committed to providing undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs in a diverse learning environment that prepares stude...nts to be leaders in a global society. The Institute’s delivery of education, discovery, and outreach contributes to the economic, social and environmental well-being of all Tennesseans and focuses on contemporary problems faced by Tennessee, the nation, and the world.
•Responsiveness to constituent needs
•Integrity and mutual respect
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is made up of the following four units that provide instruction, research and public service:
AgResearch is an integral partner in teaching programs throughout the Institute. AgResearch faculty conduct world-class research programs in a variety of areas including crop breeding and genetics, soil conservation, no-till crop production, cattle reproduction, wood product development and many others. AgResearch is also a key funding source for graduate assistantships and research that graduate students undertake in their degree programs. The internship program of AgResearch offers undergraduates unparalleled field experience. The unit's 10 branch research facilities serve as field laboratories for faculty and students, while allowing the public to evaluate research trials and experience gardens and arboretums. Technologies developed by UTIA's researchers benefit producers and consumers alike.
Herbert College of Agriculture
The Herbert College of Agriculture welcomes students from across Tennessee, the nation and the world. The College offers academic programs in a variety of natural and social science based disciplines that apply to the food, fiber and natural resources systems. For students in the Herbert College of Agriculture, learning is personal and often hands-on. Student teams provide opportunities for self-directed study, leadership development, and a lot of fun. A new honors research and creative achievements program challenges students to excel. International study tours give graduates an edge in the increasingly connected world of global markets.
College of Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is one of only 30 veterinary colleges in the nation. It is also a national leader in creating a collection of virtual microscope slides students can access from the convenience of their personal computers. New services in equine sports medicine offer students opportunities, as does the expansion of the college's facilities. The College serves pet owners, zoos and the livestock industry; protects public health, enhances medical knowledge and generates economic benefits to the state and nation. Outreach programs engage an array of citizens in learning programs that explore the animal-human bond.
UT Extension has an office in every county of Tennessee. Educational programs offered by University of Tennessee Extension touch the life of every citizen in Tennessee every day. UT Extension delivers research-based programs that improve lives, build stronger families, and strengthen communities. As a partner with local, state, and national agencies and through its statewide presence, Extension provides educational programming and assistance in areas of agriculture, natural resources and resource development, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.